RF Isolation Using Power Islands in DC Power Bus Design
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Power island structures are often employed for minimizing the propagation of high-frequency noise on DC power buses. The rationale is based on introducing a series impedance in the power plane to provide isolation of a noise source from the rest of the PCB design. The power island concept is investigated herein experimentally, to determine its noise mitigation attributes and limitations. A modeling approach that is suitable for arbitrary PCB island geometries including lumped SMT decoupling capacitors is also presented. The modeling and measurements indicate that island structures can achieve some degree of isolation under certain conditions.