TVS Diodes

Transient voltage suppressor diodes, more commonly known as TVS diodes, are used to protect integrated circuits (ICs). TVS diodes protect semiconductors and sensitive components against high transient voltage spikes (overvoltage) and the effects of arcs, EFT, ESD, inductive load switching, and even lightning strikes. RS Components offer an extensive range of TVS diodes from a multitude of brands across the industry, including Bourns, Littelfuse, ON Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Taiwan Semiconductor, Vishay, and more.

TVS diodes are offered in both through-hole and surface mount packages and can be unidirectional or bidirectional. Unidirectional TVS diodes will only allow positive or negative voltage, whereas bidirectional diodes can operate at both positive and negative voltages. TVS diodes are able to conduct large currents to the ground due to their construction. They feature a much larger p-n junction cross-sectional area than standard diodes. You can learn more in our TVS diodes guide.

What are the benefits of using transient voltage suppressor diodes?

Transient voltage suppressors respond incredibly quickly to overvoltage events, clamping transient voltages almost immediately. This enables them to protect circuits from the effects of arcing, inductive load switching, EFT (electrical fast transients), the ESD (electrostatic discharge) created by data lines and electronic circuits, and even lightning strikes.

What to consider when choosing a TVS diode?

There are a number of differentiators when choosing a TVS diode, but two key factors to consider are reverse standoff voltage and breakdown voltage. Reverse standoff voltage is the operating voltage that the data or power line should not exceed. Breakdown voltage is the voltage rating at which the TVS diode will provide protection and start conducting current to the ground. This voltage value is normally a little higher than the reverse standoff voltage.

Typical applications of TVS diodes

  • TVS diodes have numerous applications but are primarily used to protect microprocessors
  • MOS memory
  • AC power lines
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Consumer electronics

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RS Stock No. 628-7691
Mfr. Part No.SMBJ24A-E3/52
BrandVishay
£0.354
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Single Uni-Directional 38.9V 26.7V 15.4A Surface Mount DO-214AA (SMB) 24V 1µA 2 600W - 1 -55 °C
RS Stock No. 165-2480
Mfr. Part No.SMBJ24A-E3/52
BrandVishay
£0.098
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Single Uni-Directional 38.9V 26.7V 15.4A Surface Mount DO-214AA (SMB) 24V 1µA 2 600W - 1 -55 °C
RS Stock No. 486-4381
Mfr. Part No.1.5KE400CA
£1.174
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Single Bi-Directional 706V 380V 14A Through Hole DO-201 342V 1µA 2 1500W - 1 -65 °C
RS Stock No. 919-6393
Mfr. Part No.1.5KE400CA
£0.681
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Single Bi-Directional 706V 380V 14A Through Hole DO-201 342V 1µA 2 1500W - 1 -65 °C
RS Stock No. 624-7693
Mfr. Part No.USBLC6-2SC6
£0.438
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Complex Array Uni-Directional 17V 6V 5A Surface Mount SOT-23 5V 150nA 6 - Yes 2 -40 °C
RS Stock No. 920-6266
Mfr. Part No.USBLC6-2SC6
£0.181
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Complex Array Uni-Directional 17V 6V 5A Surface Mount SOT-23 5V 150nA 6 - Yes 2 -40 °C
RS Stock No. 767-3728
Mfr. Part No.CDSOT23-SM712
BrandBourns
£1.21
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Series Bi-Directional 26V 7.5V 17A Surface Mount SOT-23 12V 20µA 3 400W Yes 2 -55 °C
RS Stock No. 165-3019
Mfr. Part No.CDSOT23-SM712
BrandBourns
£0.581
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Series Bi-Directional 26V 7.5V 17A Surface Mount SOT-23 12V 20µA 3 400W Yes 2 -55 °C
RS Stock No. 124-2373
Mfr. Part No.PESD1CAN,215
BrandNexperia
£0.092
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Series Bi-Directional 70V 25.4V 3A Surface Mount SOT-23 (TO-236AB) 24V 50nA 3 200W Yes 2 -65 °C
RS Stock No. 508-860
Mfr. Part No.PESD1CAN,215
BrandNexperia
£0.316
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Series Bi-Directional 70V 25.4V 3A Surface Mount SOT-23 (TO-236AB) 24V 50nA 3 200W Yes 2 -65 °C
RS Stock No. 628-7304
Mfr. Part No.SMBJ5.0A-E3/52
BrandVishay
£0.338
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Single Uni-Directional 9.2V 6.4V 65.2A Surface Mount DO-214AA (SMB) 5V 800µA 2 600W - 1 -55 °C
RS Stock No. 165-2507
Mfr. Part No.SMBJ5.0A-E3/52
BrandVishay
£0.098
Each (On a Reel of 750)
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Single Uni-Directional 9.2V 6.4V 65.2A Surface Mount DO-214AA (SMB) 5V 800µA 2 600W - 1 -55 °C
RS Stock No. 166-1517
Mfr. Part No.IP4220CZ6,125
BrandNexperia
£0.10
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Complex Array - - - - Surface Mount TSOP - - 6 - - 4 -40 °C
RS Stock No. 508-462
Mfr. Part No.PESD2CAN,215
BrandNexperia
£0.294
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Series Bi-Directional 41V 26.2V 5A Surface Mount SOT-23 (TO-236AB) 24V 10nA 3 230W Yes 2 -65 °C
RS Stock No. 510-291
Mfr. Part No.IP4220CZ6,125
BrandNexperia
£0.304
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Complex Array - - - - Surface Mount TSOP - - 6 - - 4 -40 °C
RS Stock No. 486-4303
Mfr. Part No.1.5KE33A
£0.438
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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Single Uni-Directional 59V 31.4V 169A Through Hole DO-201 28.2V 1µA 2 1500W - 1 -65 °C
RS Stock No. 168-8851
Mfr. Part No.1.5KE33ARL
£0.305
Each (On a Reel of 1900)
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Single Uni-Directional 59V 31.4V 169A Through Hole DO-201 28.2V 1µA 2 1500W - 1 -
RS Stock No. 102-6180
Mfr. Part No.1.5KE33A
£0.265
Each (In a Bag of 600)
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Single Uni-Directional 59V 31.4V 169A Through Hole DO-201 28.2V 1µA 2 1500W - 1 -65 °C
RS Stock No. 877-2567
Mfr. Part No.1.5KE33ARL
£0.431
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Single Uni-Directional 59V 31.4V 169A Through Hole DO-201 28.2V 1µA 2 1500W - 1 -
RS Stock No. 725-8720
Mfr. Part No.PRTR5V0U2X,215
BrandNexperia
£0.402
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Complex Array Uni-Directional - 6V - Surface Mount SOT-143B 5.5V 100µA 4 - Yes 2 -40 °C