Semtech device protects high-speed data lines from electrostatic discharge threats

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, has announced the latest addition to the RClamp® platform, an ultra-low capacitance 3.5V (Vrwm) transient voltage protection array designed to offer superior protection for high-speed data signals, including USB 3.1 and LVDS, from electrostatic discharge (ESD) and other voltage transients, the company said.

The RClamp3552T offers an extremely low ESD clamping voltage while presenting a minimal capacitance of 0.40pF. This protection platform is targeted at the emerging high-speed signal lines in consumer electronics, telecommunications and industrial infrastructure. These high-speed ports require increasingly lower ESD clamping voltage thresholds with minimal capacitance loading from the ESD protection.

The new 2-line RClamp device achieves low ESD clamping voltage by using Semtech´s differentiated snap-back processes, which significantly limits the transient energy presented to the circuit. Additionally, the flow-through layout of the platform´s package design enhances signal integrity and gives system circuit designers maximum flexibility in the PCB layout.

Semtech Corporation is a supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. For more information, visit