Comprehensive ESD protection for RF inputs

Sami Hyvonen, Sopan Joshi, Elyse Rosenbaum

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We demonstrate that narrow-band tuned circuits may be used for ESD protection of RF inputs, and a figure of merit for optimization of these circuits is presented. The performance of the ESD-protected RF circuit is dependent on the quality factor of the ESD device, and various protection devices are evaluated in this work. Record-breaking human body model (HBM) protection levels, exceeding 5 kV, have been achieved without significantly degrading the RF performance at 5 GHz. Broadband circuit protection is also addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-254
Number of pages10
JournalMicroelectronics Reliability
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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