Follow these recommended guidelines to achieve acceptable controller performance for the internal PLL. The DLPC34xx controller contains two internal PLLs which have dedicated analog supplies (VDD_PLLM, VSS_PLLM, VDD_PLLD, and VSS_PLLD). At a minimum, isolate the VDD_PLLx power and VSS_PLLx ground pins using a simple passive filter consisting of two series ferrite beads and two shunt capacitors (to widen the spectrum of noise absorption). It’s recommended that one capacitor be 0.1-µF and one be 0.01-µF. Place all four components as close to the controller as possible. It’s especially important to keep the leads of the high frequency capacitors as short as possible. Connect both capacitors from VDD_PLLM to VSS_PLLM and VDD_PLLD to VSS_PLLD on the controller side of the ferrite beads.
Select ferrite beads with these characteristics:
The PCB layout is critical to PLL performance. It is vital that the quiet ground and power are treated like analog signals. Therefore, VDD_PLLM and VDD_PLLD must be a single trace from the DLPC34xx controller to both capacitors and then through the series ferrites to the power source. Make the power and ground traces as short as possible, parallel to each other, and as close as possible to each other.