Why ESD protection for high-speed ports?
Integrated circuits manufactured using advanced technologies with very thin lithography and gate oxide layers are highly vulnerable to ESD.
Integrated electronics systems with PCBs having a high component density facilitate ESD coupling and propagation, and IC manufacturers are reluctant to make robust embedded ESD protection diodes that would require a significant active area of their advanced and expensive technology.
ST’s extra-low-capacitance ESD protection devices (down to 0.1 pF) ensure the safety of the highest speed interfaces such as HDMI, USB-C, DisplayPort™ or Thunderbolt , Ethernet and MIPI, combining protection, robustness, transparency, and signal integrity.
In addition to an ultra-low clamping voltage that protects interface controller ICs from ESD events, these devices offer the highest bandwidth (up to 20 GHz), surpassing industry standards and fully securing the integrity of high-speed signals.
ST’s high-speed ESD protection solutions offer two options for a comprehensive PCB layout approach:
- Flow-through configuration easing PCB design and interface testing,
- Miniaturization with optimized pinout and small packages for board space and cost savings
They are available in a wide range of SMD packages including the smallest single-line packages such as 01005 and 0201 as well as the popular QFN and DFN packages often used in industrial applications.
In this video, we explain why it is important to protect against electrostatic discharges. We give a quick demonstration to show exactly what happens when you shoot at a microcontroller with an ESD gun!
During this one-hour webinar, you will learn how to make your electronic system more robust against destructive Electrostatic Discharges (ESD) by using ST ESD Protection components. Agenda : 1) ESD major root causes and EMC standards, 2) ST ESD Protections which can help to protect your application againts ESD, 3) Many real application examples demonstrating where protections play an important role, 4) How to select the best protection for your usecases