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How to select TVS diodes (ESD protection diodes)

The following describes how to select TVS diodes for typical interfaces. Follow these steps to set up a parametric search to find TVS diodes.
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List of TVS diodes for automotive applications

  1. Voltage of signal Line
    What is the maximum voltage of the signal or power line to be protected? 
    Select a TVS diode with a VRWM higher than this voltage.
  2. Signal polarity
    Is the signal line to be protected a single-polarity (either positive or negative) line? Or, is it a dual-polarity line?
    Use a bidirectional TVS diode for a dual-polarity line. For a single-polarity line, either a unidirectional or bidirectional TVS diode can be used. However, some unidirectional TVS diodes provide better ESD protection for negative-polarity signals. If an IC is destroyed even in the presence of a TVS diode, consider replacing it with a unidirectional TVS diode.
  3. Signal speed
    What is the maximum frequency of the signal line to be protected? 
    A TVS diode with high total capacitance CT could degrade signal integrity. Select a TVS diode with adequate capacitance according to the signal frequency. Use the following figure as a guide to select a TVS diode with adequate capacitance.
  4. Clamp voltage
    To obtain good ESD protection performance, select a TVS diode with the clamp voltage higher than the line voltage.
  5. IEC 61000-4-2
    Select a TVS diode with a guaranteed ESD tolerance level higher than the system’s ESD immunity requirement. Note, however, that ESD tolerance of the TVS diode is generally proportional to its total capacitance CT.
figure as a guide when selecting TVS diodes

Use the following figure as a guide when selecting TVS diodes.

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