PSoC I/O Current Maximums

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    Question: I have no alternative but to be able to handle 5V applied to the I/Os on the PSOC with Vss=Vdd=0. What's the maximum current that can be clamped by the chip's I/O protection diodes?

    Response: The over voltage protection current that the diode can handle is under 200mA. At 200mA and up the part will latch up. Thermal conditions must be considered also -- the PSoC die temperature cannot exceed the specified range. Diodes run from the I/O pins to Vss and to Vdd. Refer to Section 3 ?Absolute Maximum Ratings? of datasheet for your PSoC part number for further information.

    Keywords: protection, diode, maximum, current