SCR intro: Silicon-controlled rectifiers (SCRs) are interesting devices that can be used for on-chip ESD protection, if (and only if) they are properly designed and biased. SCRs are used for high-speed/RF or low-capacitance, small area/high-performance ESD solutions in all CMOS technologies, including SOI and FinFET (down to 3nm today). SCR…
Sofics’ 2021 IEDS publication. Semiconductor companies are developing ever faster interfaces to satisfy the need for higher data throughputs. However, the parasitic capacitance of the traditional ESD solutions limits the signal frequency. This paper demonstrates low-cap Analog I/Os for high speed SerDes (28Gbps to 112Gbps) circuits created in advanced BiCMOS,…
Optimized ESD protection based on Silicon Controlled Rectifiers (SCR), verified on Samsung Foundry 4nm and 8nm FinFET processes
Engineers developing semiconductor devices in the most advanced FinFET technology need improved ESD protection solutions. We demonstrate ESD protection solutions based on proprietary Silicon Controlled Rectifiers verified on the Samsung Foundry 8nm and 4nm FinFET process.