Shocking Technologies, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough polymer nano-composite for protecting electronic products from electrostatic discharge (ESD), announced that Unimicron Technology Corp has been certified to manufacture printed circuit boards (PCBs) with its innovative Voltage Switchable Dielectric™ (VSD) material.
The agreement follows joint development activity between Unimicron Technology and Shocking Technologies to incorporate Shocking Tech's patented XStatic™ 100 VSD material into PCB. The certification allows Unimicron, the first certified supplier in Asia, to manufacture PCBs that meet industry-standard electrical, mechanical and reliability specifications in addition to enabling superior ESD resistance and lower system cost.
"We see a lot of interest from our customers in the Shocking Tech solution. The ESD protection approach used by Shocking Technologies' XStatic solution has significant potential to reduce cost, time and effort for our customers. We are impressed with the initial XStatic results," said Maurice Lee, General Manager, R&D and Technology at Unimicron.
The XStatic product is embedded in PCBs to protect the system from harmful ESD events. Traditional approaches using discrete surge suppressors typically protect an average of 3% of the system-level circuitry and consume large amounts of PCB real estate. In comparison, Shocking Tech's XStatic solution can provide up to 100% protection, while reducing component count (thus freeing up space for other functionality), simplifying design, and slashing development time thanks to the highly predictable nature of the solution.
"This certification is a major milestone for Shocking Tech and we would like to thank the team at Unimicron for their support. Having Unimicron certified allows our customers an easy and highly reliable avenue for XStatic adoption. Unimicron has an excellent track record of supporting brand name customers in consumer electronics around the world with high quality and very efficient PCB manufacturing services. We are confident that XStatic certification will allow Unimicron to offer new levels of value across a variety of markets," said Lex Kosowsky, President and CEO of Shocking Technologies.
Shocking Tech's VSD material has been successfully tested in multiple products. The company recently expanded its manufacturing facility.