Project Description

Course Overview

This online course describes different approaches to distributing and decoupling supply power in RF and digital circuits. The module includes a discussion of how to select correct decoupling capacitors for a given application and where to place them. Decoupling rules are provided for future reference. A case study is used to illustrate how the decoupling of an RF PCB was improved in practice.

What you will learn
  • Power distribution

  • Power planes

  • Capacitors at high frequencies

  • Selecting and placing decoupling capacitors

  • Shunt component grounding

  • Decoupling rules

  • Splitting power/ground planes

Technical Level


Time to Complete

Approx. 45 mins

Course ID


Course Curriculum

2 modules – 12 video lessons – 32 mins total
– video lesson   – pdf download   – quiz

1.1 Power Supply Distribution and Decoupling  
1.2 Power Distribution  
1.3 Power Planes or Not?  
1.4 Power Supply Noise and Decoupling  
1.5 Why Decoupling?  
1.6 A Capacitor Is Not Just a Capacitor  
1.7 Selecting Decoupling Capacitors  
1.8 Where to Place Decoupling Capacitors  
1.9 Shunt Component Grounding  
1.10 Decoupling Rules  
1.11 Splitting Power and Ground Planes  

2.1 ZigBee® PCB Power/Ground Decoupling  

Includes 1-year unlimited individual access to all course content

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