Optimized on-chip ESD protection to enable high-speed Ethernet in cars.

In the past most Electronic Control Units (ECU) used CAN and LIN interfaces to connect to sensors, actuators and each other. However, the newest applications need (much) faster communication options. Gigabit automotive ethernet is pushed by many in the industry as the perfect solution.

With its local ESD clamp approach, Sofics provides the best solution to protect those high-speed chip interfaces against Electrostatic Discharge events.

ESD protection for 2.5D and 3D packages

A growing number of semiconductor applications are turning to 2.5D and 3D integration. Integrating multiple dies in a single package can reduce total power consumption, reduce required PCB area, enhance performance and it can speed up development cycles.

It is important to consider Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection early in the design phase. The 2.5D and 3D hybrid integration introduces new ESD challenges but also opportunities.

Optical communication also requires ESD protection

Datacenter companies are turning to optical communication to increase the bandwidth of communication between servers. Thanks to several breakthroughs in the last decades the so-called Silicon Photonics solutions promise higher communication speed and lower power consumption at a reduced cost. This article discusses the need for custom ESD protection for optical communication interfaces.

Local ESD protection in analog IOs

The most common ESD protection for I/Os consist of two diodes. To cover all the different stress combinations a rail clamp is required. In this article we discuss another option. For many interfaces a local ESD protection clamp is actually a better option.