Integrated thin film and CMOS components manufacturer OnChip Devices has launched the ESD2100, which it claims to be the industry’s lowest capacitance electrostatic discharge protection chip to support the high-definition multimedia interface, HDMI1.3, specification.
According to OnChip, the HDMI is the standard digital interface for high-definition consumer electronics and has been adopted by more than 700 companies worldwide. The integrated solution provides a high-level of electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, and is designed to support the HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.2 specifications. The company claims that it offers ultra-low line capacitance for high signal integrity of video formats such as 1080p. It delivers up to 8 kV of ESD protection in contact discharge per IEC61000-4-2 standards for up to 8 channels. The total line capacitance for the chip is 0.6 picofarad (pF), with capacitance matching of less than 0.05 pF for transition minimized differential signaling pairs.
OnChip’s ESD2100 family is ideally suited for all high speed I/O Port ESD/TVS protection, including the HDMI 1.3 and USB2.0, said Sona Joe, product marketing manager at OnChip Devices.
The product is sold in standard IC packages to allow PCB designers flexibility in routing as well as improved time-to-market for the consumer products. It is available at $0.24 in quantities of 10,000.
In August 2006, Royal Philips Electronics launched the IP4776CZ38, which it claimed as the industry’s first ESD protection chip to support HDMI 1.3 specification. At the time of the launch, it was available for $0.97 in quantities of 10,000.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates