Best-in-class low capacitance transient voltage suppression diodes

Microsemi launches best-in-class low capacitance transient voltage suppression diodes

Microsemi Corp., a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced a unique new series of patented, ultra-low capacitance power transient voltage suppression (TVS) diode products. Leveraging the company’s 50-year heritage in high reliability TVS technology and its unique radio frequency (RF) PIN diode expertise, the new devices provide protection of high speed data lines and other applications where the threat requirement’s magnitude greatly surpasses the capability of other typical low capacitance TVS devices for Ethernet protection and other data interfaces with speeds up to 500 megabits per second (Mbit/s).

The new 1N8149 to 1N8182 and 1N8149US to 1N8182US surface mount low capacitance TVS diode products are available as 150 watt (W) peak pulse power at 10/1,000 microseconds with very low capacitance of only four picofarads (pF) maximum. The 150W TVS diodes equate to greater than 1,000W at 8/20 microseconds and are offered in voltages ranging from 6.8 volts (V) to 170V. They also comply with high-end industrial and avionics electrostatic discharge (ESD), electrical fast transient (EFT) and lower level lightning threats in accordance with IEC61000-4-2, IEC61000-4-5 and RTCA-DO160 specifications. Higher power ratings of 500W at 10/1,000 microseconds with low capacitance are in development for even higher transient threats.

“The trends toward increased aircraft electrification, greater reliability and higher fuel efficiency are on the rise, and consequently driving the need for increasingly capable, lighter and smaller TVS solutions that provide superior protection against transient over-voltage occurrences. From a global demand perspective, the overall market for protection devices is likely to reach $1 billion by 2018,” said Leon Gross, senior director and business unit manager for Microsemi's Power Discretes and Modules business unit. “As a leader in high-reliability solutions, Microsemi continues to execute on a full range of innovative product developments to support the stringent and evolving needs of this industry.”

Microsemi's TVS diodes provide aircraft and other electrical systems with critical protection by going into avalanche breakdown within no more than a few nanoseconds after a strike, clamping the transient voltage and routing its current to the ground.

Microsemi: Continued Leadership in TVS Devices

Microsemi TVS devices have been deployed across major commercial airframes that are currently in use worldwide throughout the industry. The company's TVS products are also used in multiple engine control units and actuator controls, as well as a variety of power distribution, environmental control, communications and instrumentation systems.

1N8149 to 1N8182 and 1N8149US to 1N8182US surface mount TVS series key features include:

  • 150W peak pulse power at 10/1000 microseconds
  • 1,000W peak pulse at 8/20 microseconds
  • Capacitance: < 4 pF
  • Screening to JANTXV per MIL-PRF-19500 available
  • Breakdown voltages: from 6.8V to 170V
  • Finish: ROHS e3 and non e3
  • Halogen-free



Microsemi’s 150W series of low-capacitance TVS diodes are available for all screening levels and are housed in void-less hermetically-sealed axial and surface mount glass packages. Data sheets are available at

About Microsemi’s Portfolio for Defense and Commercial Aviation

In addition to TVS diodes, Microsemi's defense and commercial aviation product portfolio includes secure and rugged solid-state-drives (SSDs), secure field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system-on-chips (SoCs), security software, anti-tamper solutions, FIPS-197 certified 1 Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHYs with AES-256 MACsec support (IEEE 802.1AEbw-2013), radio frequency (RF) transceivers, embedded memory, monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), power switching devices, high voltage diodes, high voltage transistors, Zener voltage regulators, NPN and PNP transistors and signal diodes. For more information about Microsemi's portfolio for defense applications, visit For more information about Microsemi’s portfolio for commercial aviation, visit

About Microsemi’s Circuit Protection Products

Microsemi’s portfolio for circuit protection fits a variety of defense, aerospace, industrial, medical and communications applications, and includes EKG/ECG monitor protection, implantable medical protection, smart circuit breakers, smart e-fuse devices, thyristors, thyristor modules and TVSs. For more information, visit

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