SLIS175 November 2016 DRV8872-Q1
The bulk capacitor should be placed to minimize the distance of the high-current path through the motor driver device. The connecting metal trace widths should be as wide as possible, and numerous vias should be used when connecting PCB layers. These practices minimize inductance and allow the bulk capacitor to deliver high current.
Small-value capacitors should be ceramic, and placed closely to device pins.
The high-current device outputs should use wide metal traces.
The device thermal pad should be soldered to the PCB top-layer ground plane. Multiple vias should be used to connect to a large bottom-layer ground plane. The use of large metal planes and multiple vias help dissipate the I2 × RDS(on) heat that is generated in the device.
Figure 15 shows the recommended layout and component placement.