How do your designs measure up to today’s industry standards? Are standards something you only think about after your circuit design is complete and you’re getting ready for testing?
To optimize the safety and reliability of your design, it’s vital that you get all the facts about today’s quality and test standards. And it’s something you should prepare for while you’re still in the design phase of your project. Why is doing so in advance so important? Because then you can make any required changes when it’s still relatively easy and inexpensive to do so. Then, the final product — your next great circuit design — is sure to be a success!
Here are some of the most important standards for various markets and the recommended circuit protection solutions that can help you achieve compliance.
AEC-Q200: Established by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Component Technical Committee, this standard defines the minimum stress test qualification requirements for passive electrical components and devices. Components that meet this standard are ready for use in harsh automotive environments without additional component-level qualification testing. Robust varistors and TVS diodes can help you pass the test requirements of this standard.
IEC 60950-1: Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), this international standard was established for audio/video, information, and communications technology products. Circuit protection solutions, including positive temperature coefficient (PTC) devices, fuses, ESD protectors, and TVS diodes, can help you meet the requirements of this standard.
UL 1449: Established by Underwriters Laboratories, this is the primary safety standard in the US for surge protective devices (SPDs). It describes construction, performance, and installation requirements for SPDs used for the protection of AC electrical circuits.
UL 8750: Underwriters Laboratories developed this document to provide manufacturers with a safety standard that focuses on LED products and related components. (UL 1598 covers the overall luminaire assembly.)
Thermally protected surge protection modules that provide transient overvoltage protection for outdoor and commercial LED lighting fixtures can help you achieve compliance with the above UL standards.
UL 913: Underwriters Laboratories created this “Safety Standard for Intrinsically Safe Apparatus and Associated Apparatus” to protect human life and property in hazardous operating environments. Choose UL913-certified fuses to ensure safety in explosive environments where there is a chance of a gas or dust explosion from faulty circuits.
Want to learn more about the importance of circuit protection in meeting the industry’s leading standards? Have a question or two about choosing the right circuit protection solutions to ensure that your next great design is safe and reliable?
Join us for the Planet Analog Chat Session on Circuit Protection on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT).