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Old 13th January 2003, 09:41 PM   #1
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Question Bypassing & Coupling/Decoupling explained?

Hello,

I am a little bit confused when reading posting regarding the above terms.

Could someone please explain the meanings of (1) bypassing, (2) coupling & (3) decoupling.

I have seen conflicting descriptions of these terms and would appreciate any help.

I am interested in these terms related to power supplies and op-amps.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers

KevinLee
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Old 14th January 2003, 05:10 PM   #2
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all these terms are related to capacitors:

bypassing is putting a smaller, but better quality (such as a MKP film capacitor) in parrallel with eletrolitics to improve the performance of them, this is usally cheaper then buying high quality eletrolytics

coupling and decoupling: capacitors are used to block DC voltage so only the AC voltage passes - this can be used in powersupplies but is almost always used in amplifiers to prevent damage from DC voltage to the speakers
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Old 18th January 2004, 05:25 PM   #3
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There is a good introduction to bypassing and decoupling titled "Power supply noise reduction" that you can find at http://www.designers-guide.com/Design/.

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