Piecewise-linear model with transient relaxation for circuit-level ESD simulation

Kuo Hsuan Meng, Robert Mertens, Elyse Rosenbaum

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This work presents a new type of model, i.e., piecewise-linear model with transient relaxation (PWL-TR), to describe the nonlinear transient characteristics of electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection devices and circuits. The PWL-TR model represents the device as a finite-state machine; hence, no proprietary information is disclosed. The PWL-TR model offers accuracy comparable to a compact model but enables more computationally efficient simulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7214270
Pages (from-to)464-466
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Circuit simulation
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD)
  • Finite state machine
  • Piecewise-linear model
  • Snapback
  • Transient voltage overshoot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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