28 Feb 2006 | Geneva

STMicroelectronics Introduces Dedicated ESD Protection in Tiny Packages for USB 2.0 Interfaces

Geneva / 28 Feb 2006

The USBLC6 achieves the optimum trade-off between low line-to-ground capacitance, compliance with IEC61000-4-2 level 4 (air discharge up to 15kV, contact discharge up to 8kV), integrated Vcc protection, and availability in a choice of two small packages to save space in portable applications. Monolithic integration provides high device reliability, and an optimized pin-out allows EMI-free board layouts.

Leakage current is just 1µA maximum, and the USBLC6 is the first USB 2.0 protective device to be available in the SOT-666 package, which requires only 2.9mm2 of board area, making it an excellent choice for compact, portable, battery powered products. It provides full D+/D- signal balance, with the best I/O to ground matching tolerance of 0.04pF, well within the USB 2.0 maximum tolerance of 1pF.

The ESD protection of Vcc (Vbus) allows the current to flow to ground when an ESD event occurs on a data line; the data lines are protected by a rail to rail topology for highest efficiency, while Vcc protection is by clamping, for higher power capability.

The introduction of the USBLC6 reflects the increasing use of higher data rates for interfaces in computer and consumer electronics. As well as USB 2.0 and USB OTG (USB On-The-Go, the mobile device specification), it is backwards compatible with USB 1.0 and 1.1 (low and full speed), and is also ideal for protecting 10/100Mb/s Ethernet ports, mobile phone SIM cards and video lines.

The USBLC6-2P6 (SOT-666 package) and USBLC6-2SC6 (SOT-23 package) are available now in sample quantities. Pricing is US$0.20 and US$0.16, respectively, in volume quantities of a million units.

Further information is available at www.st.com/protection

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Information last updated Jan 2006