I've used this ESD circuit on four boards for hobby projects. I have had no issues on two boards. On two others, the TVS diode for VBUS conducted when the board was plugged into a USB port, causing an overcurrent condition and destroying the ESD suppressor (the host is grounding the USB shield). The two working boards have probably just not seen a transient on connection.

Is there a better design for this? Should there be a resistor between the suppressor and shield ground? I have not seen this in the reference designs I see published by companies that make TVS diodes and worry this could slow transient response or prevent conduction.

The ESD suppressor in the circuit is a TI ESDS314DBVR, which is four TVS diodes in one package tied to a common ground. Digikey link https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/texas-instruments/ESDS314DBVR/296-ESDS314DBVRCT-ND/9745477.

The PTC is a LittleFuse rated for the power requirements of the board.


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    \$\begingroup\$ Who designed the circuit and to what surge or ESD requirement (EN61000 for instance) was it designed to? \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka 2 days ago
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think the part is an ESDS314DBVR. \$\endgroup\$ – rdtsc 2 days ago

From the datasheet:

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Breakdown voltage, IO to GND is the critical parameter. Some parts may conduct at 4.5V, shorting the 5V VBUS to ground and other may not. This is not a suitable part for VBUS ESD protection.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That's a good find +1 \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka 2 days ago
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, that is a good find. I missed that in the data sheet. Thank you. \$\endgroup\$ – Brian Pepin 2 days ago

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