Next generation interfaces such as HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0, eSATA and Display Port present serious challenges to system designers trying to provide adequate protection against the threats of ESD. Increasingly dense circuit geometries combined with high speed signal requirements are forcing ic's to become smaller and faster, and as a result more susceptible to the dangers of ESD strikes. Delivering the levels of circuit protection needed while maintaining superior signal integrity has rendered traditional solutions ineffective. This webinar is the first of a two part series discussing design considerations for choosing ESD protection devices for high speed interface protection.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Comparing ESD performance of various ESD solutions
  • Layout techniques for improving ESD performance
  • Recent advances in ESD protection architectures

Part 2 scheduled for January, 2010 will cover design considerations for maintaining signal integrity at high speeds. More information to come.

Jeff Dunnihoo works as a Senior Product Line Applications Engineer with NXP, and is based in Austin, Texas. He has extensive experience in the design and application of ICs and systems in the consumers, computer and telecommunications industry. Jeff is a contributing member of the ESD Association, and has been awarded several patents. Prior to NXP, Jeff worked at California Micro Devices, IBM, SMSC, and Pragma Design. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joe Salvador is the Director of Marketing for NXP's Integrated Discrete Computing and Consumer business. Currently, Joe manages the ESD protection circuits, and has a broad range of experience growing semiconductor products and markets. Before joining NXP, Joe held various management and marketing roles at California Micro Devices and National Semiconductor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University.