Dictionary of Electrical Engineering

Commonly used terms in the Electrical industry.

ground bounce
a transient variation in the potential of the ground terminal of a logic device caused by variations in the supply current acting on the ground impedance of the circuit as seen by the device. Usually caused by simultaneous turnon of the pullup and pulldown sections of totem-pole outputs.
ground bounce noise
ground bounce occurs when a large number of semiconductor circuit components are mounted on a
common semiconductor chip substrate, so that they are imperfectly insulated from each other. In normal operation the substrate should act as an insulator; however, during certain unusual fluctuations in signal levels, the systems power and ground connections can experience fluctuations, which affect the performance of each component in a random way that has the characteristics of noise, much like capacitive coupling.