SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array Brings Littelfuse a 2014 Product of the Year Award from Electronic Products

Like everyone says on Oscar Night, it’s not about the awards; it’s about the work. (Yeah, right.) But it is nice when someone recognizes the quality of one’s work.

When the editors of Electronic Products magazine announced the 15 winners of their 2014 Product of the Year Awards in January 2015, Littelfuse, Inc. was among them, bringing home one of the coveted awards for the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA® Diodes), a miniature, five-channel bidirectional TVS array designed for general-purpose electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The SP1012 Series packs five ESD diodes in a flipchip package that would normally contain only one, which offers circuit designers a 5x improvement over earlier implementations.

In his coverage of the win, Paul O’Shea, senior editor of Electronic Products, noted,“The SP1012 Series TVS diode array is the most densely designed ESD protection device on the market today. With a flipchip package the silicon itself is the package and the electrical connections are the die itself. It also includes plated leads for solderability.”


The SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array offers circuit designers a wide range of advantages. For example, by providing the highest number of ESD diodes available in a package less than a square millimeter in size, the SP1012 Series helps circuit designers economize on both printed circuit board (PCB) space and costs. That space-saving design is making the SP1012 Series very popular for use on SIM card interfaces and datalines for capacitive touchscreen displays, as well as the fast-growing “wearables” market.

These robust diodes can safely absorb repetitive ESD strikes at the maximum level specified in the IEC 61000-4-2 international standard without performance degradation, giving engineers higher end product reliability in the field. The bidirectional configuration provides symmetrical ESD protection for data lines when AC signals are present. Their very low dynamic resistance (0.48Ω) supports the low clamping voltages needed for protecting modern electronics. They are co-terminated, permitting flexibility in ground pad selection. Their nominal 6V standoff voltages permit protection of 95 percent of current and future user interfaces.

Learn more about the SP1012 Series here.

Other leading electronics manufacturers recognized with 2014’s Product of the Year Awards included National Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Keysight Technologies, Texas Instruments, and Intel.

Created by Electronic Products in 1977, the award recognizes innovations introduced during the preceding year that offer a significant advancement in a technology or its application, innovative design, or a substantial achievement in price/performance. Awards winners are selected after a review of thousands of products submitted.

The 2014 winners were announced in the magazine’s January 2015 issue.

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