AN2155 PSoC EMI Design Considerations.pdf

PSoC® EMI Design Considerations
Author: Dennis Seguine
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AN2155 discusses how to design PSoC array-based systems for compliance with EMC standards, promoting easier
qualification of new designs and a more robust, low-cost system design.
Every electronic device is required to comply with specific limits for emitted energy and susceptibility to external
upsets. These limits are specified by the FCC in the U.S. and by similar regulatory bodies in other countries. The
regulations help ensure that electronic devices will not interfere with each other; for example, your computer will not
interfere with your television, or worse, a hospital X-ray machine or ventilator will not corrupt the operation of a critical
medical monitor.
Modern high-speed digital electronics are capable of generating very high-speed signals that have the potential to
radiate substantial amounts of noise. CMOS analog and digital circuits have essentially infinite input impedance. As a
result, they can be sensitive to external fields, so suitable precautions must be taken to ensure their proper operation
in the presence of large amounts of radiated and conducted (interfering) energy.
This application note outlines the basic specifications involved and provides guidance for secure and compliant
If you are new to PSoC, refer to the following documents to learn about the device and the available tools:
AN75320 – Getting Started with PSoC 1
AN54181 – Getting Started with PSoC 3
AN79953 – Getting Started with PSoC 4
AN77759 – Getting Started with PSoC 5LP
Computing devices are regulated in the U.S. by the FCC under 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, “Unintentional Radiators.”
The standards for Europe and the rest of the world are adapted from CENELEC. These regulations are covered by
the CISPR standards (dual labeled as “EN xxxxx”) for emissions and the IEC standards (also dual labeled as “EN
xxxxx”) for immunity and safety concerns.
The general emission’s specification is EN 55022 for computing devices. This standard covers both radiated and
conducted emissions. Medical devices in the U.S. are not regulated by the FCC, but rather by FDA rules, which
include the requirements of EN 55011, the European norm for medical devices. Devices that contain motor controls
are covered by EN 55014, and lighting devices are covered by EN 50015. These specifications have essentially
similar performance limitations for radiated and conducted emissions.
Radiated and conducted immunity (susceptibility) performance requirements are specified by several sections of
EN 61000-4. This standard also covers line voltage transients, ESD, and safety issues.
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Each section of the electronics industry has its own additional standards. For example, power meters are covered by
EN 61036, which calls out specific performance parameters with EN 55022. Power-line communication devices are
covered by EN 50065, which includes voltage-level allowances in certain bands and restrictions on harmonic energy
from signaling frequencies.
Emissions result primarily as a consequence of digital transients on inputs and outputs. To the greatest extent
possible, the bandwidth of digital outputs should be limited. The PSoC 1 device has an I/O limited to 12 MHz by the
global bus structure. PSoC 3, 4, and 5LP devices limit the I/Os to 33 MHz, with a selectable slew rate. This clocking
limitation provides a first line of defense against radiated emissions.
PSoC devices CY8C22xxx, CY8C24xxx, CY8C27xxx, CY8C3xxx, CY8C4xxx, CY8C5xxx and all planned future
generations provide the option to enable slower rise and fall times, which limits harmonic energy in the digital outputs.
This option is not available in the earlier generation parts, CY8C25xxx and CY8C26xxx.
High-speed traces on the board should be kept as short as practical. If the signal leaves the board to drive an
external load, it should have a series-terminating resistor at the chip to provide the necessary bandwidth limit. Fifteen
to 50 ohms is usually sufficient on high-speed lines. Note that a digital output that is at a logic one is directly
connected (by the output P-channel FET's RDS(ON)) to VDD. Thus, the VDD bus is directly connected to the output, and
any high-frequency noise that appears on the V DD bus will also appear on the output. It is important to provide a wellcoupled, high-frequency bypass capacitor from VDD to VSS at the PSoC chip. The capacitor bypass traces should be
very short, and ground and power planes should be used where possible.
If you are using CapSense , the capacitive touch sensing feature in PSoC, refer to AN64846 – Getting Started with
CapSense for EMI considerations.
Emissions result as a function of comparatively low-frequency RF conduction into the power supply system. Placing
high-frequency bypass capacitors at the PSoC power pins and a bulk bypass capacitor to support large
instantaneous load demands near the PSoC device effectively prevents decoupling of the PSoC chip and its direct
loads from the power system.
Switching power supply transients are not a PSoC chip problem per se, but they represent the bulk of conducted
emissions. Standard design practices for reducing this noise include the use of differential and common mode
inductors on the input power connection and the use of high-voltage capacitors from the AC line and AC neutral to
earth ground.
Electrical energy can influence system measurements and potentially the operation of the processor core. The
interference enters the PSoC chip at the printed circuit board level through the pins. Radiated energy is highly
unlikely to interfere directly with the chip.
Careful board layout, as well as a good PSoC project design, will prevent upsets from radiated energy. These steps
include the following:
Minimize source impedances (where possible) of signal sources coming to the chip.
Minimize loop areas of input signal traces.
Use ground planes where possible.
Set unused outputs to strong digital output, with logic state to zero.
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Electrical energy influences system measurements and upsets the operation of the processor core by driving the
PSoC chip's power supply out of range. Power-line inputs should be protected with common mode and differential
mode chokes, along with transient voltage suppressors such as metal-oxide varistors (MOVs).
For more details, see the following application notes:
AN57821 – PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5LP Mixed Signal Circuit Board Layout Considerations
AN80994 – PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5LP EMC Best Practices and Recommendations
EMI Testing
Radiated emission measurements are made first in an anechoic chamber to generate a list of suspect frequencies.
The equipment under test is then relocated to an open area test site. Radiated emission measurements are made at
the EUT azimuth and antenna height such that the maximum radiated emission level will be detected. This requires
the use of a turntable and an antenna positioner that can adjust the antenna’s height as well as shift its orientation
from horizontal to vertical.
Conducted emission measurements are made over the frequency range from 150 kHz to 30 MHz to determine the
line-to-ground radio noise voltage conducted from the device power input terminals that are directly (or indirectly via a
separate transformer or power supplies) connected to a public power network. Equipment is tested with power cords
that are normally used or that have electrical or shielding characteristics that resemble the cords normally used..
Radiated immunity is measured in a shielded anechoic chamber large enough to contain the system under test and
allow adequate control over field strength. The system under test is maintained in uniform field strength.
Frequency stepping and power requirements are as specified in the relative standards. The output of the system
under test is monitored for disturbance.
Conducted immunity is tested by applying the RF signal to external power and signal cables with clamps that
surround the cable. In this case, the power and signal cables act as passive, receiving antenna networks.
Design Example
Cypress development kits are examples of PSoC designs that pass required EMI tests. Figure 1 shows the
CY8CKIT-044 PSoC 4 M-Series Pioneer Kit.
Figure 1. CY8CKIT-044
You can download the kit design files from the CY8CKIT-044 web page for more information.
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Figure 2 and Figure 3 show the radiated emission from the kit in the frequency range of 30 MHz to 1 GHz.
Figure 2. Spectral Diagram Measured by a Vertical Antenna
Figure 3. Spectral Diagram Measured by a Horizontal Antenna
Designing for electromagnetic emissions and susceptibility is a system-level consideration. This application note
covered a few generic considerations. The test methodologies for radiated and conducted cases of emission and
susceptibility were also described.
Related Application Notes
AN75320 – Getting Started with PSoC 1
AN54181 – Getting Started with PSoC 3
AN79953 – Getting Started with PSoC 4
AN77759 – Getting Started with PSoC 5LP
AN57821 – PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5LP Mixed Signal Circuit Board Layout Considerations
AN80994 – PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5LP EMC Best Practices and Recommendations
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Design References
Designing for EMC considerations is an important and exhaustively published topic. Following are the author’s
favorite references:
Henry Ott, Noise Reduction Techniques in Electronic Systems, 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons.
William D. Kimmel and Daryl D. Gerke, Electromagnetic Compatibility in Medical Equipment: A Guide for
Designers and Installers. IEEE Press.
David Terrell and R. Kenneth Keenan, Digital Design for Interference Specifications: A Practical Handbook for
EMI Suppression. Newnes.
About the Author
Dennis Seguine.
Applications Engrg MTS
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Document Title: AN2155 – PSoC® EMI Design Considerations
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