Two trends are leading to fundamental changes in electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection strategies at the system design level: increased susceptibility of system integrated circuits (ICs) to ESD as they migrate to more advanced process technologies, and increasingly stringent signal integrity requirements as data rates continue to climb. Traditional ESD architectures are not designed to provide suitable protection for these new requirements and increasing levels of susceptibility.

In this paper, California Micro Devices (CMD) introduces PicoGuard XP, a revolutionary new double clamp architecture that provides a superior level of ESD protection for digital consumer and personal computing devices while offering low capacitance and excellent signal integrity.