Abstract

To establish a method for investigating hidden radiation sources and their mechanisms in a printed circuit board, we performed preliminary measurements of one-dimensional magnetic near-field distribution over pins of a large-scale integrated circuit (LSI) package by means of an optical method:the fiber-edge magnetooptic (FEMO) probing technique. The FEMO probe consists of fiber optics and a magnetooptic crystal glued at a fiber edge. Its planar spatial resolution is approximately 100 µm. It was found that a magnetic field generated from each LSI pin could be distinguished and some radiation was generated from ground and power supply lines. We compared the measured results with corresponding radiated electric field strength that was separately measured. The frequency of interest was the tenth harmonic of the output signal. We observed a strong correlation between those two experimental results, which suggests the effectiveness of our proposed method for near-field investigation. One of the beneficial features of the FEMO probe is its small probe head, due to which one can perform detailed near-field evaluations in a microscopic region. Furthermore, we tried to specify a major electromagnetic interference source by additional measurements of near-field distributions and frequency dependence of magnetooptic signals. It was suggested that the short-through current flowing in the power-supply system of the input/output circuits caused high-level radiated emission.

© 2003 IEEE

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