We frequently get questions about the applicability of our ESD and I/O solution IP for space applications. Semiconductor devices that are used at high elevation or in space need special attention during the design phase. Sofics technology has been used for a number of aerospace projects. In this article we provide more background and some example cases.
Latch-up refers to unwanted short circuits which can occur in an integrated circuit whereby the power supply is inadvertently connected to the ground. In the first part (threat) of the article the focus was on the threat of latch-up and different ways to prevent it. In this part (opportunity) we discuss how (parasitic) SCR devices can be used in a positive way.
In the first article about Latch-up, Thomas discusses the mechanism of the positive feedback loop between parasitic bipolar devices inside a CMOS inverter stage. He summarizes different causes and also provides ways to prevent latch-up threats.