Filter and surge protection for I2C bus

Filter and surge protection for I2C bus

By Wuerth Elektronik eiSos

The I²C bus (Inter-Integrated Circuit) is a popular serial communication interface. It is mainly used to connect microcontrollers with peripheral ICs (e.g. sensors or memory). The bus uses one bidirectional data line (SCL) and one clock line (SDA) each. However, the I²C bus is not only used within circuit boards, but is also extended into other areas in many applications with the aid of various connectors and cables. This makes the I²C bus potentially more susceptible to external interference such as ESD, burst and radiated RF disturbances. This White paper describes a suitable filter and protection circuit that increases the noise immunity of the I²C bus without sacrificing the signal quality of the data and clock lines.

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