System Efficient ESD Design for Robust Electronic Systems

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System Efficient ESD Design (SEED) address the protection of I/O against ESD using simulation. This allows to predict the robustness against damaging ESD and allows to reduce the likelihood of disturbances caused by ESD (soft-failure).
Reduced design margin due to smaller, less current carrying metallization and contacts and thinner gate oxide has reduced the design window for ESD protection to a few V and currents of less than 2 A for high speed I/O such as USB 4.x. This, and the need to use low capacitance devices (less than 0.2 pF) inhibits a design by data sheet.
In simulation based design models for the TVS, which include the transient turn-on and models for the IO of the IC are combined with all passive interconnect to create a model that predicts currents and voltage at the IC for different rise time and amplitude ESD pulses.
Period27 Oct 2020
Event titleWE meet @ EMC digital days 2021
Event typeSeminar
LocationWaldenburg, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • electrostatic discharge
  • electromagnetic compatibility
  • Human Body Models
  • transient voltage suppression diode

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing