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App note: What is a silicon transient voltage suppressor and how does it work

Posted on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 in app notes by DP

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A primer app note(PDF) on silicon transient voltage suppressors by Microsemi.

Silicon transient voltage suppressors (TVSs) are clamping devices that limit voltage spikes by low impedance avalanche breakdown of a rugged silicon pn jucntion. They are used to protect sensitive components from electrical overstress such as that caused by induced lightning, inductive load switching and electrostatic discharge.

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  1. Jim Haycock says:

    Otherwise known as a ‘diode’.

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