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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:19 pm    Post subject: bypass caps Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi all,

I am trying to convert a schematic to a stripeboard, but the bypass caps are separated from the schematic. I know that i should put the byp. caps next to the components to reduce the noise, but how can i know which one belongs to each.

Someone can explain me?

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

If you mean the 100n (0.1u) ceramic caps that are placed between the + supply to an IC and ground, and between the - supply and ground, then they are all the same, so which designator goes where really doesn't matter. Some schematics won't even show them, taking their presence for granted. The 10u (or more) electrolytic caps between V+ and Gnd and V- and Gnd are placed where the power supply enter the board.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Haaa! Smile

so, all the +v/G and -v/G from the ics should be connected with a cap. more then 10 uf, in the beginning of the circuit.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Not at the "beginning of the circuit".
The individual bypass caps for ICs should be as close to the supply pins of their corresponding ICs as possible. You can even solder them on the solder side of the board directly behind the IC. They work as small charge reservoirs for the IC in question. They are more crucial for digital chips, which put very fast transient demands on the supply rails. The bypass cap suppresses the sudden load on the supply rail, which would otherwise contaminate the supply.
But even analogue chips which process high frequencies need them for the same reason.
And they all tend to be 100nF (.1uF). You can usually get bags of 100 monolythic 100nF caps at a lower price, which are specifically for this purpose.

All that being said, most circuits will function the same with no individual bypass caps on the chips.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The larger 10u caps are placed between each power rail and ground, at the point where the power enters the board (which I guess is the 'beginning of the circuit'). They serve the same purpose, to act as a small charge reservoir, but for the whole board rather than individual ICs. (Technically, their behaviour is a bit different, which is why both types are commonly used.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nice.. Surprised

Thanks all to clarify me about this doubt.
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