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TI Introduces Products In New Thin PicoStar Package For Portable Consumer Electronics

May 11, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Texas Instruments Inc. announced that portable consumer electronics designers can save board space with integrated circuits (ICs) in the PicoStar™ package. According to the company, the ultra-thin package, about as thin as a human hair, is the first to give system designers the option to embed silicon components inside the printed circuit board (PCB) to maximize board space. Devices in this form factor are said to be 50% thinner than similar chips in traditional packages and enable smaller, thinner end equipment. The TPD2E007, a two-channel, robust electrostatic discharge (ESD) solution, is the first device available in the ultra-thin PicoStar package.

The TPD2E007 is a back-to-back diode array that allows ac-coupled data transmission without compromising signal integrity. Typically, ESD protection is mounted close to the connector on the PCB, but designers have the option to surface mount or embed the TPD2E007 into the board/connector. The ability to embed this ultra-thin device in the board allows designers to save 80 percent board space compared to typical ESD solutions.

Key features of the TPD2E007 include: robust ESD protection – +/-8-kV IEC 61000-4-2 contact discharge & +/-15-kV IEC 61000-4-2 air-gap discharge; back-to-back diode configuration for negative signal swing; 15pF line to ground capacitance; low 50nA leakage current; and 0.15mm package height.

The TPD2E007 is available today in a 4-pin YFM package and is priced at $0.20 in quantities of 1,000. Additional TI devices will be developed in PicoStar packaging, such as the TPS62620 low-power dc-dc converter, which is sampling now and will be available in volume production in 3Q09.