SBVS336A September 2021 – May 2022 TPS7A94
For good thermal performance, connect the thermal pad to a large-area GND plane.
Kelvin connects the SNS pin through a low-impedance connection to the output capacitor and load for optimal transient performance. Do not float this pin.
Connect the GND pin to the device thermal pad and connect both this pin and the thermal pad to the ground on the board through a low-impedance connection.
For best overall performance, place all circuit components on the same side of the circuit board and as near as practical to the respective LDO pin connections. Place ground return connections to the input and output capacitor, and to the LDO ground pin as close to each other as possible, connected by a wide, component-side, copper surface. To avoid negative system performance, do not use vias or long traces to the input and output capacitors. The grounding and layout scheme described in Figure 10-1 minimizes inductive parasitics, and thereby reduces load-current transients, minimizes noise, and increases circuit stability.
To improve performance, use a ground reference plane, either embedded in the printed circuit board (PCB) itself or placed on the bottom side of the PCB opposite the components. This reference plane serves to assure accuracy of the output voltage, shield noise, and behaves similar to a thermal plane to spread (or sink) heat from the LDO device when connected to the thermal pad. In most applications, this ground plane is necessary to meet thermal requirements.