nRF52840DK Layout

Dear Nordic Teams : 

I find the structure of 50 ohm trace for BLE RF.

The left structure(no.1) is from the reference DK layout and the right structure (no.2) is suggested by out vendor.

I find your trace reference ground is layer4 ( bottom) and the inner layer (layer 2 & layer 3) empty area is quite larger than trace width (10+30+10 mils)

Could you share the reason why you do that and the advantage/disadvantage?

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  • Thank you for your kindness reply, but I still have some questions.

    1. why don't you choose layer3 for the reference ground ? (the dielectric thickness between layer 3 & 4  is only 3.9 mils)

    2. could you provide how to estimate the shrinking back range and distance?

  • So, you want the reference ground for the RF path to also be fully connected to the center pad ground. This is why we choose  the bottom layer, to have one layer with mostly ground being the reference ground, and to make a proper return path for noise. 

    We don't have an estimate on how this effects the performance, but what is important is the the output power and harmonics are measured on each specific design and that the radio matching components values are adjusted, so that you get desired output power and low harmonics on your design. 

    Best regards,