This paper provides a SPICE-compatible circuit model for characterizing electrostatic discharge (ESD) clamping performance of protection devices mounted on printed circuit boards (PCBs). An equivalent circuit model for a commercial ESD generator is introduced and a simulation methodology of an ESD protection device with non-linear resistance characteristic using voltage controlled current source is described. These models combined to create a full circuit model with a PCB model in a SPICE-like circuit simulator. Comparison results between the simulated and measured are presented to verify the accuracy of the proposed circuit model. A trade-off analysis between the ESD clamping performance and signal integrity with the ESD protection device in high-speed applications is also presented as a case study.

Meeting Name

2008 Electrical Design of Advanced Packaging and Systems Symposium, 2008


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Dec 2008