The Parasitic Inductance of a Capacitor Depends on its Physical Structure. Due to the Geometry of 3-Terminal Capacitors, They Boast a Lower Parasitic Inductance Compared to 2-Terminal Capacitors of the Same and Possibly Smaller Package Sizes. While the Parasitic Inductance of a Single 3-Terminal Capacitor May Be Lower, using Multiple 2-Terminal Capacitors May Result in Similar Performance. in This Work, the Inductance of 2-Terminal (0201, Nominal 2.2 UF) and 3-Terminal (0402, Nominal 4.3 UF) Capacitors is Extracted and Compared through Measurements. from Our De-Embedding Method and Characterized Capacitors, the Inductance of 2-Terminal Capacitors is Only About 20 PH Higher Than the Characterized 3terminal Capacitor. on a Power Net of a Real Product, 3-Terminal Capacitors of the Same Type as Characterized Were Replaced with 2-Terminal Capacitors of the Same Type as Characterized. from Measurement Results, the Measured Inductance at 100 MHz is Lower by Only About 3.45 PH, or 2.62%, When using 3-Terminal Capacitors.


Electrical and Computer Engineering


National Science Foundation, Grant IIP-1916535

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decoupling capacitors; ESL; inductance; Power distribution network

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2023