RedMere Selects Sarnoff TakeCharge 8kV-HBM ESD Protection Solution

Sarnoff Europe and RedMere Technology announced the successful implementation of Sarnoff’s on-chip electro-static discharge (ESD) protection solution in RedMere’s signal processing technology targeted at high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) applications. RedMere Technology, a leading innovator of semiconductor solutions for ultra low power interconnect solutions for consumer multimedia and computing applications, engaged Sarnoff Europe for a TakeCharge Design Kit. This semi–automated tool enables design engineers to select and implement the most appropriate ESD protection strategies while optimizing their integrated circuits (IC) design both for ESD requirements and full communication functionality.

“The Sarnoff TakeCharge Design Kit enabled RedMere to quickly and economically increase our IC ESD performance to a new HDMI industry standard of 8kV HBM without compromising the stringent operation requirements of a 3.4Gbps data channel,” said Peter Smyth, CEO of RedMere Technology. “Sarnoff truly demonstrated the ease-of-use and scalability of their solutions.”

Sarnoff’s ESD design solutions are product proven in more than 400 commercially released IC’s in nano, standard and HV CMOS, BiCMOS and BCD processes.

“RedMere Technology’s selection of TakeCharge to aid in a successful first-to-market introduction of their HDMI application proves the trust semiconductor companies have placed in the effectiveness of Sarnoff Europe’s ESD solutions,” said Koen Verhaege, Executive Director of Sarnoff Europe. “TakeCharge enables design engineers to access the most advanced on-chip, extreme low-capacity and area efficient ESD solutions.”

TakeCharge’s, 0.5um to 65nm product proven ESD protection is licensed for a broad spectrum of applications such as ASIC’s, FPGA’s, LCD drivers, power, consumer and communications IC’s. TakeCharge licensees include leading IDM, fabless and foundry IC producers worldwide, including Toshiba, Altera, Infineon, ST, Ricoh, OKI, Sony, Fujitsu, Renesas, Matsushita, Seiko Epson, NJR, PMC-Sierra, ON, AMIS, RedMere, Nanotech, Gennum, Actel, CamSemi, THine, Inphi, Tower and others.

About Sarnoff Corporation
Sarnoff Corporation (www.sarnoff.com) produces innovations in electronic, video and vision technologies that generate successful new products and services for our government and commercial clients worldwide. Founded in 1942 as RCA Laboratories, Sarnoff makes continuous breakthroughs in ICs, lasers, imaging and sensing devices; biomedical diagnostics; digital TV and video for security, surveillance and entertainment; high-performance networking; and wireless communications. Sarnoff is a subsidiary of SRI International.

About Sarnoff Europe
Sarnoff Europe headquartered in Gistel, Belgium, is a subsidiary company of Sarnoff Corporation. Sarnoff Europe assumes worldwide responsibility for the development and commercialization of Sarnoff’s on-chip ESD protection IP.

About RedMere Technology
Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, RedMere Technology is a leading innovator specializing in ultra low power semiconductor solutions for high speed consumer and computing interconnect applications. RedMere Technology offers the unique Cable MagnifEye[TM] product range for embedded cable applications in addition to this new range of advanced HDMI switch and repeater products for the HDTV market.