Analog Devices Selects Sofics® to Develop On-Chip ESD Protection for 60V Products

  Analog Devices Selects Sofics® to Develop On-Chip ESD Protection for 60V

    PowerQubic^® ESD/EOS Technology from Sofics Chosen to Enhance Product
             Reliability, Enable Maximum Performance, Reduce Cost

Business Wire

GISTEL, Belgium -- December 11, 2012

Sofics^® bvba ( of Gistel has been selected by Analog Devices
(ADI) to develop a library of on-chip electrostatic discharge and electrical
overstress (ESD/EOS) clamps based on its PowerQubic^® technology for ADI
devices with 60V interfaces. The clamps will enhance the reliability of the
devices by protecting them from ESD, EOS, and latchup, while enabling maximum

Sofics, a leading provider of ESD solutions for ICs, will adapt PowerQubic
ESD/EOS technology to ADI’s custom requirements. PowerQubic provides robust
on-chip protection for high-voltage interfaces in such applications as power
control and mixed signals without the need for costly process changes. ADI,
the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, has
licensed the resulting technology.

“As a leader in analog and mixed-signal ICs and SoCs, we are committed to
providing customers with the highest levels of reliability and performance,”
said David Robertson, vice president of analog technology for ADI. “We need
strong, sophisticated ESD protection for 60V devices without compromising the
mixed signal performance of the products and we look forward to working with
Sofics to that end.”

“Sofics technology offers a proven solution which is to be adapted to the
needs of ADI applications.”

According to Koen Verhaege, Sofics CEO, PowerQubic includes proprietary clamps
that dissipate more energy per area than any other device, allowing it to
deliver the highest level of ESD/EOS protection available for high-voltage
ICs, including IEC 8kV contact discharge. Extremely low leakage and the lowest
capacitance in the industry help enable maximum device performance.

“PowerQubic is a breakthrough in cost as well as performance,” said Verhaege.
“It’s a proven design solution technology, so it can be implemented with no
process changes. Licensees can actually lower their overall cost by opting for
our advanced technology because of this factor alone.”

“We are very pleased that Analog Devices has chosen to license and utilize our

PowerQubic (PQ) and TakeCharge^® (TC) ESD/EOS technologies from Sofics are
proven across multiple applications, processes, and foundries. TSMC-9000
quality approval for both PQ and TC has been granted or is pending in several
processes. Both technologies have proven to be readily portable among various
foundries and processes.


Koen Verhaege, +32-9-21-68-333
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