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Nexperia delivers extremely low clamping bidirectional ESD protection devices for USB4 standard interfaces

TrEOS diodes offer industry-leading insertion loss and return loss characteristics for more robust USB4TM data transmission

Nijmegen, October 21, 2021: Nexperia, the expert in essential semiconductors, today announced two PESD5V0R1BxSF extremely low clamping and capacitance bidirectional Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection diodes. Based on Nexperia’s TrEOS technology with active silicon-controlled rectification, the devices ensure optimal signal integrity for USB4TM (up to 2 x 20 Gbps) data lines on laptops and peripherals, smartphones and other portable electronic equipment.

“Since there are tight budgets on insertion loss and return loss for the USB4TM Super Speed lines, Nexperia supports design engineers by offering devices that minimize the impact of ESD protection on the total budget,” says Stefan Seider, senior product manager at Nexperia. “By providing these two device options, engineers can balance between ESD voltage clamping (that is protection level) and RF performance.”

The PESD5V0R1BDSF is optimized for low clamping and offers extremely low insertion loss figures of ‑0.28 dB at 10 GHz and similarly low return loss figures of ‑19 dB at 10 GHz. The PESD5V0R1BCSF, on the other hand, is optimized for RF performance with insertion loss data of -0.25 dB and return loss data of -19.4 dB at 10 GHz each. This makes it ideal for applications with further limited budgets for insertion loss and return loss.

Both devices are housed in the ultra-low inductance DSN0603-2 (SOD962-2) leadless package, with a standard 0.6 mm x 0.3 mm footprint and 0.3 mm profile, with return-loss optimized solder pads. For USB4TM, it is mandatory to have AC-coupling capacitors also for the receiver (Rx) inputs. The voltage rating VRWM of the PESD5V0R1BxSF devices (>2.8 V) allows them to be placed directly behind the connector, which is the preferred position to include these capacitors in the protection and to achieve best system-level ESD performance. This voltage rating makes them backwards compatible with all standards that can connect over USB Type-C®. Along with USB4TM, this includes USB 3.2, the older USB3.x as well as ThunderboltTM and HDMI2.1® (in HDMI® Alt Mode) data lines, with HDMI2.1 data rates being supported up to 48 Gbps (4 x 12) and ThunderboltTM up to 40 Gbps (2 x 20). At the same time, TrEOS technology ensures very low ESD voltage clamping to protect sensitive transceivers.

For more information on the new PESD5V0R1BxSF ESD protection devices, including product specifications and datasheet, please visit: www.nexperia.com/USB4protection

https://efficiencywins.nexperia.com/efficient-products/Selecting-ESD-protection-for-USB4TM-data-lines.html

About Nexperia

Nexperia is a leading expert in the high-volume production of essential semiconductors, components that are required by every electronic design in the world. The company’s extensive portfolio includes diodes, bipolar transistors, ESD protection devices, MOSFETs, GaN FETs and analog & logic ICs. Headquartered in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Nexperia annually ships more than 90 billion products, meeting the stringent standards set by the automotive industry. These products are recognized as benchmarks in efficiency – in process, size, power and performance — with industry-leading small packages that save valuable energy and space.

With decades of experience in supplying to the world’s leading companies, Nexperia has over 12,000 employees across Asia, Europe and the US. Nexperia, a subsidiary of Wingtech Technology Co., Ltd. (600745.SS), has an extensive IP portfolio and is certified to IATF 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.

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