TE Connectivity's Circuit Protection business unit (Menlo Park, CA) has introduced a new family of silicon ESD (SESD) devices. Exhibiting ±20kV and ±22kV air discharge ratings — which go well beyond the IEC's 8kV contact and 15kV air discharge standards — these devices help designers solve the pervasive protection challenge caused by charged board events (CBEs). The new-generation SESD products come in both uni-directional and bi-directional configurations and are 1, 2, and 4-channel devices. They are available in tiny 0201and 0402 sizes and standard flow-through packages. In addition to offering 20kV contact discharge, the devices' surge capability (2.2A for 4- channel array and 2.5A for 1-and 2-channel devices) help provide more robust performance.