Fairchild Semiconductor’s Circuit Protection Initiative Helps Designers Simplify System Design While Improving Safety And Reliability

As consumers become more dependent on their electronic devices and manufacturers continue to increase the functionality of their end-application, there is an inherent risk that a simple error, such as incorrectly plugging in the device or a common electrical event, like electrostatic discharge (ESD) or lightning, will result in a system failure. This in turn can lead to product returns, lawsuits, expensive recalls, lost revenues, decreased personal productivity or damaged brand reputations.

Fortunately, there are semiconductor solutions available that can help manufacturers protect their circuit designs from these hazards. Leveraging proven, advanced process and package technologies, Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) is launching a series of circuit protection solutions to help electronic device designers reduce risk while manufacturing products that are safer and more reliable.

As a leading global supplier of high performance power and mobile solutions, Fairchild is aligned with leading electronic manufacturers to help them meet next-generation circuit protection design challenges and to help create competitive advantages.

“By expanding our line of circuit protection products we will continue to provide solutions that help increase device safety and guard against system failures,” said Adrian Mikolajczak, Director of Circuit Protection at Fairchild.

In addition to the existing line of transient voltage suppressors (TVS), Zener diodes, traditional Schottky diodes and current limiting ICs, Fairchild’s newest circuit protection product lines will include a series of off-chip ESD protectors, as well as a family of new reverse polarity protection switches. The new off-chip ESD line will focus on providing coordinated protection in some of the most challenging ESD environments for USB, HDMI™, Mobile High-Definition Link™ and other LVDS applications. The reverse polarity protectors are a new series of in-line switches that achieve low on-resistance during normal bias. The devices also help protect against damage caused by reverse bias and negative transient events, resulting in protection for sensitive IC’s against hot-plug transients, reverse battery, and other negative bias conditions up to -30V DC.

Using Fairchild’s advanced clamping and “Balanced Capacitance” technology, the new off-chip ESD protectors will help reduce the damage caused by ESD events and will have minimal impact on signal integrity. Fairchild’s answer to ESD protection will help reduce both soft failures that require system reboot as well as full electrical overstress (EOS) generated product returns, improving overall customer satisfaction.

Fairchild’s reverse polarity protection devices will minimize size, series voltage drop and normal bias operating power loss when compared to traditional Schottky or diode solutions. Initial devices will generate less than 15mV voltage drop and dissipate less than 15mW during normally biased 1A operation. In addition, these devices will dissipate less then 5µW in a 5V reverse bias event, making heat sinking unnecessary and reducing overall component costs and board space requirements.

Fairchild’s established success with analog power devices and presence in the high-voltage analog market makes the company uniquely equipped to address these circuit protection segments. For more information about Fairchild's Circuit Protection Capabilities, please visit http://www.fairchildsemi.com/search/tree/circuit-protection/.

Dedicated to delivering “Solutions for Your Success™,” Fairchild’s designs leverage highly flexible architectures allowing new designs to be developed and released quickly to meet customer specific requirements. Fairchild’s commitment to innovative design, an ever growing portfolio, and industry expertise position the company to support user satisfaction and market success.

Fairchild Semiconductor: Solutions for Your Success™

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About Fairchild Semiconductor:

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