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Advanced CMOS technologies provide an easier way to realize radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs). However, transistor gates are getting smaller and electrostatic discharges (ESD) issues become more significant. Unfortunately, ESD protections parasitic capacitance limits the operating bandwidth of the RFICs. ESD protection size dimensions are also an issue to protect RFICs. This paper presents measurements results of ESD protection devices able to be implemented in an I/O pad in advanced CMOS technologies.
Date of Conference: 4-7 Dec. 2012