Send a text message. Turn on a light. Drive home from the office. Without even thinking about it, consumers depend on technology throughout the day. But that technology is dependent on something that usually goes unnoticed until there's a problem.
We're talking about the importance of circuit protection. As LED lighting, consumer electronics, and automotive technologies become more complex, they contain even more sophisticated, expensive electronic components. These highly sensitive electronic components need to be protected from overcurrent and overvoltage faults caused by electrostatic discharge (ESD) and lightning strikes. Circuit protection devices keep the electronic components safe and secure, so that the technology delivers seamless, uninterrupted service to the consumer.
What if circuit protection isn't part of the design? Then components can be easily damaged, causing system failure. At the very least, the consumer may have to repair a device or purchase a new one. In the case of safety-critical applications such as automotive electronics, a component failure could lead to serious injury or loss of life.
Check out this new infographic that highlights six areas of technology growth where circuit protection is especially important:
- LED lighting
- Mobile phones
- Automotive electronics
- Solar energy
Use this matrix (registration required) to simplify selecting the most appropriate type of overcurrent protection or overvoltage suppression device for your next application. Do not click on the image below for this information.