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Unimicron gets go ahead to use ESD protection in PCBs

Posted: 20 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ESD protection? embedded? certification?

Shocking Technologies Inc. announces that Unimicron Technology Corp. has been certified to make PCBs with its Voltage Switchable Dielectric (VSD) material, a polymer nano-composite for protecting electronic products from electrostatic discharge (ESD).

The two companies have been jointly working on the incorporation Shocking Tech's patented XStatic 100 VSD material into PCB. The certification lets Unimicron manufacture PCBs that meet industry-standard electrical, mechanical and reliability specifications in addition to enabling superior ESD resistance and lower system cost.

The XStatic product is embedded in PCBs to protect the system from harmful ESD events. Traditional approaches using discrete surge suppressors typically protect an average of 3 percent of the system-level circuitry and consume large amounts of PCB real estate. In comparison, Shocking Tech's XStatic solution can provide up to 100 percent protection while cutting component count, simplifying design, and reducing development.

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