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Electronics Production | March 18, 2010

Viking & Shocking cooperates on ESD protection

Viking Modular Solutions a subsidiary of Samnina-SCI and Shocking Technologies deliver ESD protected solid state solutions.
Viking Modular Solutions, a memory and flash division of Sanmina-SCI, today announced availability of its first product featuring Shocking Technologies Xstatic Voltage Switchable Dielectric (VSD) polymer material that protects electronic components from harmful electrostatic discharge (ESD).

The CompactFlash card from Viking Modular Solutions can withstand 30KV per the IEC 61004-2 test required for CompactFlash cards. It then takes a further step by increasing direct pin contact discharge protection to 19KV HBM (level 4 semiconductor protection), eight times the level of a standard CompactFlash card. This Viking Modular Solutions ESD protected CompactFlash card is a product deriving from initial development work at Sanmina-SCI and incubation from Shocking Technologies.

ESD is a serious issue in solid state electronics, whereby the semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) material can suffer permanent damage when subjected to high voltages. The most common and spectacular form of ESD is the "spark," which occurs when a strong electric field creates and ionized conductive channel in the air. This occurrence causes a slight discomfort to people, but will cause severe damage to electronic equipment.

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