TI's Ajay Kumar to give electrical engineering seminar Thursday

Texas Instruments' Ajay Kumar will give a lecture Thursday (Sept. 9) at 3:55 p.m. in Room 223B of the Zachry Engineering Center at Texas A&M University.Kumar's talk, "What is ESD? Why is it important for Electrical Engineers?" is sponsored by the Analog and Mixed Signal Center in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M.Abstract An electrostatic discharge (ESD) is an event where humans can generate up to 1000V. These voltages, we ourselves generate, may not be a potential threat to people because of its short duration; but it is to any electronic circuit. A 1000V of ESD (Electro Static Discharge) event can destroy electronic circuits as these are never expected to operate at 1000V. Thus, the core of the electronic circuits needs a protector circuit.This seminar unravels the complexity of the protector circuit and gives detailed description on what is ESD? How do they look like? How does a device behave under ESD stress? What kind of protector circuit is used? How do they protect our cellphones, computers, TVs and game consoles? How do they protect our electronics in a lab/testing environment or in production (assembly lines)?Biosketch Ajay Kumar has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has more than seven years of industry experience in analog design. He has worked at National Semiconductor designing high-speed amplifiers and cross-point switches for HD Video applications. He has been with Texas Instruments since 2007 and has worked on Phase Locked Loop, Analog to Digital Converters, Reference Systems, Amplifiers among others critical circuits. He has 12 patents and four publications.Submitted by Ella Gallagher, ella@mail.ece.tamu.edu