# Power supply LC filter degrades analog to digital part noise rejection.

#### Georgy.Moshkin

##### Full Member level 3
I am observing interesting effect: LC filter on power supply output worsens noise rejection performance between modules. Main power module (A) provides filtered output at 8v through 100uH + 1000uF LC filter. Two secondary modules (B) and (C) have 5V/3.3V LDOs and 100uH+68uF / 100uH+100uF input LC filters. Here is interesting observation:

case 1 - unmodified
(A) power module (LC on output)
(B) analog module (opamps, etc., LC on input)
(C) digital module (MCU, I2S ADC, etc., LC on input)
digital module (C) contaminates analog module (B) with noise (0-10kHz).
Noise starts right after MCU boot and initialization sequences are complete.

case 2 - removed 100uH inductor from module (A):
noise levels in analog part opamp preamplifier output are lowered by 20-30dB, very good performance

My hypothesis is that large inductor between 8v linear regulator and digital module is "slowing down" regulation, so digital module current spikes are larger at LC input of digital module. When 8V linear regulator output inductor is removed, 8V regulation becomes "fast" enough to deal with currents at LC input of digital module.
Maybe another explanation?

#### Georgy.Moshkin

##### Full Member level 3
Well, it seems that putting common inductor before two separate LC filters is a bad idea:
See how shorting inductor improves noise isolation between two outputs.

here is circuit (copy and paste https://falstad.com/circuit/) :
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#### dick_freebird

It's likely that the 1000uF cap of the power supply LC
filter has poor ESL and is no help for HF conducted noise.

Meanwhile the 100uH inductor prevents the power
supply's low output impedance from helping take
HF energy. It may also impose series resistance that
is significant enough to convert current noise to a
significant voltage noise "bonus".

Before declaring defeat you might try adding some
1uF, 0.1uF, 100pF ceramics chosen for good ESR/ESL, to
help out the bulk capacitor.

You might also, if you insist on a 2-stage filtering, make
the "digital" and the "analog" supplies use separate
paths all the way back to the PSU output -and ground-.
People think about decoupling as giving the current
spikes somewhere to go. But where do they go? Into
local ground. With some overspray. If the digital and
analog share a common ground (with only one PS
output filter, mustn't they?) the spikes dumped into
common ground will bump the analog supplies,
communicating through -their- decoupling caps.

Seen this in DC-DC chips, SW-node ground kick corrupts
the VIN and bothers current sense compare (falling edge
jitter).

#### KlausST

##### Super Moderator
Staff member
Hi,

For good assistance we need good informations first.

* wiring scheme (to detect GND loops and antennas...
* exact filter part names or links to datasheets
* information about HF sources (maybe it's a resonance)
* it seems you have an ADC: schematic, analog path. Maybe you are destroying reference signals with your filters.
* informations on how you obtained the values and what they mean. Sampling rate, resolution,
* and so on...

Klaus

#### Georgy.Moshkin

##### Full Member level 3
Inductance after linear regulator worsens performance. If inductance is shorted with wire, noise leakage is reduced:

#### KlausST

##### Super Moderator
Staff member
Hi,

None of the requested informations....

In your circuit, left to the red arrow, there is an "undamped node", just connected to L and C. It may cause a huge resonance.

But without good informations, it just guessing...

Klaus

#### Georgy.Moshkin

##### Full Member level 3
Narrowed it down to very small piece of board. In the end there is only two things left: powered opAmp first stage, MCU running at 180MHz, without ADC. Noise is measured using oscilloscope on opAmp output. I also removed power adapter and use 6x1.5v batteries. Shorting inductor clears noise out. Because power board is removed, for experiments use my own LC filter, some unshielded surface mount type 100uH, and capacitor is tantalum 100uF.

Let's focus on this inductor. Now I think we can't put any inductors after power supply if there are multiple power consumers (edit: if power consumers have input LC filters)

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#### Georgy.Moshkin

##### Full Member level 3
None of the requested informations....
I will provide proof of concept board photos and schematic later.