I have found that schematic.

LSM6DS3 sensor board

On the VDD pin of the processor, there is an inductor (L1). Could someone let me know what is the role of the inductor there? Usually, reference diagrams on such kind of microchips do not include an inductor.

Also, should the decoupling capacitor C3 be after or before the inductor (the cap C4 on VDDIO is before the inductor compared to C3)?

Note: The schematic is a part from a breakout-board from Sparkfun. This sensor is an acceleration and gyro sensor. Communication to that sensor can be done via I2C or SPI protocol.

More info about the breakout can be found at:

LSM6DS3 Breakout Hookup Guide

And more information about the sensor at:

iNEMO 6DoF inertial module, for consumer electronics

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to EE.SE. It is usually a good idea to include a link to the datasheet for the the device and to give the context. What is this circuit supposed to do? Put all the info in the question and not in the comments. \$\endgroup\$ – Transistor Aug 5 '18 at 17:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Could it be a ferrite bead rather than an inductor? \$\endgroup\$ – Colin Aug 5 '18 at 18:06

it seems that is acting as ferrite eliminating high frequency noise. Regarding the capacitors, the IC has two different power inputs, one for the input output communications, where the quality of the provided voltage shouldn't be so critical, that's why the 3.3V is not filtered. The other supply VDD must be more critical as it will supply the analog parts of the IC, so they add the inductor as a filter. The bypass capacitors should be allways as near as possible from the IC vdd. So as you have in your diagram is right.


It depends on the RF noise spectrum on the analog 3.3V supply and effects on the IC. This behaves as a low pass filter but with some high Q that must be chosen to avoid noise spectrum.

Another approach is a series resistor but at the expense of DC or low-frequency load regulation and effects on calibration, if any. enter image description here

The switches are just to toggle simulation results.


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