What To Do About Electrostatic Discharge

Issues multiply in advanced packages and at advanced nodes.


Electrostatic discharge is a well-understood phenomenon, but it’s becoming more difficult to plan for as single chips are replaced by multiple chips or chiplets in a package, and as the density of components continues to increase with each new node. In both cases, the probability for failure increases unless these sudden shocks are addressed in the design. Dermott Lynch, director of product marketing for Synopsys’ EDA Group, talks about why the human body or charged device models are no longer sufficient protection, why stacking chips in a package increases the risk of a catastrophic event, how to identify potential design violations that can worsen the impact of ESD, and how power electronics can help.

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