Shocking Technologies, Inc. started operations in 2006 as a privately held,
venture-backed company developing Voltage Switchable Dielectric™ (VSD™)
A VSD™ material is a polymer nano-composite that behaves like an insulator
(dielectric) during normal circuit operation and becomes conductive when the
voltage across the VSD™ material increases beyond a predefined threshold
voltage. The voltage switches back to an insulator again after the voltage drops
below the threshold. This unique property, coupled with the ability to tailor
the response of the material, opens up several new areas in electronics.
The first application being introduced enables embedded electrostatic discharge
(ESD) protection in printed circuit boards (PCBs) and semiconductor packages.
Subsequent applications will usher in new manufacturing processes as well as
novel product designs.