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This page is the home of the QuietPower columns: power distribution  tidbits, recommendations and best-practice overviews written for the PCB Design 007 and SI Journal web portals. 

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How Much Capacitance Do We Really Get
Charge Delivery Time or Impedance
Connections to Evaluation Boards
Evaluating Evaluation Boards
Dynamic Models for Passive Components
How to Design a PDN for Worst Case?
Worst-Case PDN Noise
Avoid Overload in Gain-Phase Measurements
DC Bias Effect in Ceramic Capacitors
Prophecy from the past
Vertical Resonances in Ceramic Capacitors
Checking Cable Performance with Vector Network Analyzer
Comparing Cable Shields
Cable Quality Matters
Dont Forget to Terminate Cables
Memories from Early Years of DesignCon
What is New About Thin Laminates in 2013?
Do Not Measure Across Capacitors!
How to Read the ESR Curve
What is the Best Method for Probing a PDN?
Will Power Planes Disappear?
Do Bypass Capacitors Change Plane Resonances?
Be Careful with Tlines in Plane Models
Simulating Planes with SPICE
Does Dk Matter for Power Distribution?
How Thin Laminates Suppress Resonances
Resonances in Power Planes
Thin Laminates: Buried Capacitance or What?
Reflections on DesignCon 2011
Power Distribution and the Big Bang
Do Not Perforate Planes Unnecessarily
Don't Double-Count Plane Inductance
Inductance of Bypass Capacitors, Part III
Inductance of Bypass Capacitors, Part II
Inductance of Bypass Capacitors, Part I
Why PI Design is More Difficult than SI
Why S11 VNA Measurements Donít Work for PDN Measurements
PDN Measurements: Reducing Cable-Braid Loop Error
Calculating Basic Resonances in the PDN
How Many Bypass Capacitors Do We Need?