Philips Introduces Electro Static Discharge Protection Diodes

11/1/2004 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) introduced a series of single-line, bi-directional Electro Static Discharge (ESD) protection diodes designed to protect devices such as MP3 players and mobile phones from damage caused by ESD and other voltage induced transient pulses. Philips’ new PESD5V0S1Bx series – including PESD5V0S1BL the smallest protection diode in the industry – features excellent ESD clamping performance in ultra compact packages. The devices consume minimal board space, providing design engineers with maximum design flexibility.

Semiconductors are becoming smaller, denser and more complex, particularly in space-critical applications, thus increasing the total system’s susceptibility to ESD pulses. With ultra compact packaging and a low leakage current down to 5 nA, Philips’ new series of ESD protection diodes are ideal for applications where board space and power consumption are critical. Featuring a low device capacitance of only 35 pF, the ESD protection diodes are also ideal for high frequency applications where too much protection device parasitic capacitance causes unintentional signal distortion and malfunction of the end application.

“ESD protection diodes are crucial for preventing damage to valuable electronic products – ranging from portable devices such as mobile phones to much larger devices like LCD TVs,” said Rochus Kraehe, product marketing manager for protection diodes at Philips Semiconductors. “Recognizing this, Philips has expanded its portfolio of ESD protection diodes to ensure that we continue to meet our customers’ size and performance needs.”

Philips’ bi-directional ESD protection diodes are designed to withstand ESD pulses up to 30 kV and fulfill industry standard IEC 61000-4-2 (level 4), thus providing customers with superior ESD protection performance. The new parts include the PESD5V0S1BL, available in the SOD882 surface mount package with a footprint of 1.0 x 0.6 x 0.5 mm. The other two parts in the series include the PESD5V0S1BA available in the SOD323 and the PESD5V0S1BB available in the SOD523.

Philips’ new series of ESD protection diodes is available now.

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 165,600 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips is located at

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