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Adaptive Dielectric Thin Film Transistors-A Self-Configuring Device for Low Power Electrostatic Discharge Protection

Bhattacharya, P and Sinha, R and Thakur, BK and Parab, V and Shrivastava, M and Sambandan, S (2020) Adaptive Dielectric Thin Film Transistors-A Self-Configuring Device for Low Power Electrostatic Discharge Protection. In: IEEE Electron Device Letters, 41 (1). pp. 66-69.

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LED.2019.2956838


Large area and flexible electronic systems are widely used in applications such as displays, image sensors, wearable electronics and energy harvesting systems. A key element in many of these systems is the electrostatic discharge protection circuit. The conventional protection circuit uses large aspect-ratio diode connected thin film transistors that offer a low resistance path to the surge current but also does the same to signals during normal system operation resulting in power loss. Here we describe as well as demonstrate the feasibility of a novel idea for electrostatic discharge protection involving an adaptive dielectric thin film transistor that self-configures itself to a low resistance state during an electrostatic discharge event and a high resistance state during normal operation without external control. This results in 1000-10000 times the power savings compared to diode connected TFTs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Electron Device Letters
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc
Keywords: Aspect ratio; Dielectric materials; Electrostatic devices; Electrostatic discharge; Electrostatics; Energy harvesting; Flexible displays; Thin film transistors; Thin films, Conventional protections; Dielectric thin films; Electrostatic discharge protection; Electrostatic discharge protection circuits; Energy harvesting systems; Flexible electronic systems; High-resistance state; Self configuring devices, Thin film circuits
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 05:50
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 05:50
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/64402

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