The μClampTM series of TVS arrays are designed to protect sensitive electronics from damage or latch-up due to ESD. They are designed for use in applications where board space is at a premium. Each device requires less than 2.6mm² of PCB area and will protect up to six lines.
- Transient protection for data lines to
- IEC 61000-4-2 (ESD) ±15kV (air), ±8kV (contact)
- IEC 61000-4-4 (EFT) 40A (5/50ns)
- Protects six I/O lines
- Ultra-small package (1.6 x 1.6 x 0.6mm) requires less than 2.6mm² of PCB area
- Working voltage: 5V
- Low leakage current
- Low operating and clamping voltages
- Solid-state silicon-avalanche technology
- Cellular Handsets and Accessories
- Cordless Phones
- Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
- Portable Instrumentation
- Digital Cameras
- MP3 Players
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