SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 18, 2012 – Shocking Technologies, Inc., developer of the patented Voltage Switchable Dielectric™ (VSD™) nano-composite material for protecting electronic products from electrostatic discharge (ESD), today announced the integration of its ESD Simulation Module and design capability for embedded ESD protection into Cadence Design System’s Allegro® PCB technology.
Shocking Tech’s ESD Simulation module enables intelligent ESD design, allowing engineers to efficiently analyze a system net-by-net for vulnerability to direct ESD pulses and to energy coupling from adjacent nets. Recommendations from the Simulation Module can be incorporated into the layout efficiently through automated ESD design rules and embedded design feature integration. System and layout designers will be able to incorporate embedded ESD protection features into system schematics and PCB layouts through the standard Allegro toolbar menu, making the Shocking XStatic™design process intuitive to Cadence users.
“Our ESD simulation methodology is a breakthrough approach for comprehensive system level ESD analysis and design and delivers highly predictable results. We look forward to have these capabilities integrated into the Cadence® Allegro EDA environment. This will make our technology more seamless to Cadence Allegro PCB designers and bring our technology to a larger audience. We are honored to team with a world class technology company like Cadence.” said Lex Kosowsky, president and CEO of Shocking. These features will be available to Shocking Technologies’ customers at no additional cost, with deployment expected to occur before the end of the year.
Shocking Technologies’ XStatic® material is a polymer nano-composite that functions substantially as an insulator (dielectric) during normal circuit operation and becomes substantially conductive when the voltage increases beyond a predefined threshold. The XStatic® material reverts back to behaving substantially as an insulator after the voltage drops back below the threshold to normal operating levels. The net result is that when the XStatic® material is incorporated in a PCB or package substrate, damaging ESD voltages and currents can be routed to ground or to other predetermined locations so that elements, circuits, components and devices can be effectively protected against ESD events.
About Shocking Technologies
Founded in 2006, Shocking Technologies offers an innovative solution to protecting electronic products in the handheld, cell phone, LCD display, memory and other markets from the harmful effects of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Its patented Voltage Switchable Dielectric™ (VSD) polymer nano-composite material, XStatic®, can be applied to PCB and package substrates, and coupled with Shocking’s advanced design and simulation technologies provides the industry’s only embedded solution capable of up to 100% protection against ESD. The ease of implementation and comprehensive coverage of the XStatic® solution also lowers development time and costs and reduces product design size by eliminating less effective components traditionally used to protect devices against ESD effects. The company has more than 180 patents and applications worldwide and has licensed numerous additional licensed patents and applications. Shocking Technologies is a privately held company with investments from ARCH Venture Partners, ATA Ventures, Skylake Incuvest, Vista Ventures, Balch Hill Capital, Littelfuse, inc., and a limited number of private investors. For more information, go to www.shockingtechnologies.com