ESD protection design for IC with power-down-mode operation

Ming-Dou Ker, Kun-Hsien Lin
2004 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (IEEE Cat. No.04CH37512)  
A new ESD protection design for IC with power-down operation is proposed. By adding a VDD ESD bus line and diodes into the new ESD protection scheme, the leakage current from I/O pin to VDD power line can be blocked to avoid malfunction under the power-down-mode operating condition. Under normal circuit operating condition, the proposed ESD protection schemes have no leakage path to interfere with the normal circuit functions. Power-rail ESD clamp circuits between the VDD/VSS power lines and
more » ... power lines and VDD ESD bus line are used to achieve whole-chip ESD protection design. From the experimental results, the human-body-model (HBM) ESD level of the new proposed ESD protection schemes can be greater than 7.5kV in a 0.35-µm silicided CMOS process.
doi:10.1109/iscas.2004.1329372 fatcat:pq3qtaevwvhnfl7dihpqmkn2em