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Getting Started with Interface Protection

ESD (electrostatic discharge) and surge transients are some of the most common events to plague ICs. However, just because your system is likely to encounter an event doesn’t mean that decisions related to protection should be rushed. We’ve put together two series of trainings to cover critical considerations regarding ESD and surge. Watch all of the short videos in order for a comprehensive overview, or learn at your own pace and choose the specific topic you need a refresher on.

1. ESD Essentials

From understanding working voltages to knowing what to look for in datasheets, these trainings quickly dive into the basics so you can shorten the selection process and choose the right diode confidently.

# Title Duration
1.1 ESD Essentials: What is ESD?
This is the first video in the ESD Essentials training series. Watch more for a quick introduction to electrostatic discharge (ESD).
02:27
1.2 ESD Essentials: ESD Working Voltage
This 3:30 min video discusses working voltage of ESD and how it is different from the more commonly known “breakdown voltage."
03:26
1.3 ESD Essentials: IEC 61000-4-2 Rating
This is the third video in the ESD Essentials training series. Watch more to learn how to accurately assess device ESD ratings in datasheets.
02:43
1.4 ESD Essentials: Clamping Voltage
ESD clamping voltage is crucial parameter to consider when considering diodes. Learn in just three minutes how to find and select the right clamping v...
02:59
1.5 ESD Essentials: Capacitance
High parasitic capacitance can be destructive to signal integrity. Watch this ESD Essentials video to learn more about electrostatic discharge (ESD) c...
02:33
1.6 ESD Essentials: How to Select ESD Protection
Watch this five minute video for easy step-by-step instructions on how to select the right ESD diode, using a USB 2.0 example.
04:41
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2. Demystifying Surge Protection

Don't stop your learning with ESD - Surge transients are just as critical to eliminate. Avoid common mistakes with these quick lessons designed to explain concepts like IEC surge standards and spec criteria.
# Title Duration
2.1 Demystifying Surge Protection: Causes of Surges
This video discusses the causes of power surges and the importance of protection against them.
02:55
2.2 Demystifying Surge Protection: IEC 61000-4-5 Standard
This video discusses the IEC 61000-4-5 standard that characterizes surge pulses.
03:41
2.3 Demystifying Surge Protection: TVS Diode Specifications
This video discusses some of the key specifications for TVS diodes to design a robust surge protection stage.
03:20
2.4 Demystifying Surge Protection: Common Surge Protection Mistakes
This video discusses common mistakes that are made when selecting a TVS diode for surge protection.
03:24
2.5 Demystifying Surge Protection: TI Flat-Clamp Devices
This video discusses TI Flat-Clamp devices, describing the advantages over traditional TVS diodes.
03:57
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