ESD Design for RF Mobile Applications

This article highlights key concepts to designing electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection circuits for radio frequency (RF) and millimeter wave applications. Needed RF concepts are discussed and some popular protection schemes are illustrated.

RC Snubber Design for SMPS Protection

Part I: Fundamentals of Inductive Switching and RC Snubber Impact This is the first of the two articles devoted to the topic of an RC snubber design. In Part I we discuss the fundamentals of the inductive swit... Read More...
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Impact of 3D IC Design on ESD Protection

What is 3D Integration and what is 3D IC? If we rewind three decades, back in the 1980s, there were theoretical studies which suggested that significant reductions in signal delay and power consumption could... Read More...
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S-parameters and EMI Filter Response

S-parameters are very useful to evaluate, understand, and optimize the response of your filters. If you are unfamiliar with this typical tool for RF engineers, this column is for you.
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Hidden Start-up Events

Whenever an electronic circuit is first energized, transients occur in current and voltage waveforms. These start-up transients can affect the electrical and thermal behavior of components and circuits with serious reliability, EMI, and random effects. Try to characterize how your circuits start and stop.