ElectroStatic Discharge, it's caused by accumulation of electrostatic charge as a result of rubbing, and can damage semiconductor devices like integrated circuits.

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Normal Operation Current for ESD Diode [on hold]

I want to use a ESD Diode against Vehicle Battery which is rated @ 36V max. I have selected below Diode :- http://www.nxp.com/documents/data_sheet/PESD36VS1UL.pdf Now, I am okay with working voltage ...
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How to test plastic for ESD properties?

I'd like to make myself a cheap soldering / inspection station by taking an acetal plastic slab and mounting a linear rail to it for attaching a USB microscope. However, I want to first ensure that ...
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Possible wrong use of TVS diodes?

I've been facing a weird situation and unable to find the reason behind so far, therefore I frustratedly turned up for help. I have a system comprised of 2 separated PCBs (A control box and an ...
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Does ESD pass through capacitors?

Do ESD discharges pass through capacitors? My circuit is shown below. Basically i'm concerned that if there is a DC component to ESD that ESD Sensitive IC 2 may not be protected by the ESD diode. The ...
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Liquid Tape for protecting exposed electronic components

I recently found the liquid tape LTB-400 made by Garnder Bender and was wondering if it's Ok to use it to cover IC chips for ESD protection? The circuit board is not placed in a housing, it's sold as ...
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Transient Voltage Protection of an automotive circuit

Im an electronics engineer student, and im doing a project where im designing a circuit which will be used in automotive applications. More specific it contains a PIC controller which has 16 ...
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Where does the spark come from? (an embedded system circuit)

We are developing an embedded system product. As an inexperienced engineer, I am really scratching my head to make our product reliable: temperature, ESD and etc.. The following diagram shows my ...
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How to protect Reset pin of MCU from ESD strikes?

We have been designing ESD protection circuits for MCU exposed pins. Here comes the reset pin protection: The pin is connected with a ESD suppressor at the connector. The pin is connected in serial ...
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How do I store and transport microcontroller boards safely?

I'm looking for a carrying case for my various electronics components, mostly various microcontroller boards (Arduino, Teensy, etc). I've seen a lot of people use plastic tool boxes, sometimes with ...
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Where to put a spark gap for ESD protection--to an isolated “GND” or to protective earth?

I am designing some PCBs for a system that runs on a fully-isolated DC power supply. I have three power inputs: Protective earth (connected directly to the line earth of a three-pin US 120V AC power ...
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How to determine whether I need ESD protection? (MOSFET H-Bridge)

I am designing a H-Bridge using IRLZ44N MOSFETs, IR2104 driver ICs and UF5401 diodes. The current circuit looks like this: It will be used on a battery powered device, so no real grounding ...
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Selecting a TVS for ESD protection

I'm working on a design that is susceptible to ESD. The product is handheld and powered by a 5V wall-wart via a barrel jack connector. The 5V supplies a few ICs with power. Additionally there are a ...
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Question about Static charges & dissipation

I have been practicing ESD safety procedures in my workplace. We typically use grounded ESD Wrist Straps and ESD mats. If I correctly understand the static charges stay put until they come in contact ...
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Designing an anti-static enclosure for sensitive electronics

I was a little disappointed to discover that I managed to fry a brand new Raspberry Pi camera module. After testing on multiple hardware and triple checking all the connectors, I was forced to ...
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Are all pink bags anti static?

I was shipped a USB dongle in a small pink baggie. If it's an anti-static bag I would love to re-use it. How sure can I be that it is, and is there a way to test it?
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DIY ESD generator (ESD-gun)

Does anyone have a simple ESD generator circuit for pre-compliance testing (3KV-20KV)? e.g. can it be built from the following? ...
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Maximum forward current on ESD diodes

I'm interfacing a dsPIC33EP512MC806 with a set of analog systems. The analog systems manage a battery and have vregs for the digital systems. The analog systems measure the voltage and current ...
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How to Connect USB/Ethernet Shields to Chassis or Digital Grounds

I have a PCB with a few USB and RJ-45 Ethernet connectors on one side. I'm quite confused as to how exactly I'm supposed to be hooking up the SHIELD pins on them though. This is for a host device ...
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MCU strange failure

I am using a STM32F4 chip to build a control device product. We received a report from our customer that our device does not work properly after having been work half an hour. Even reset does not ...
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Bulletproof ESD Powersupply Inputs

I have a power amp that is essentially functions like a benchtop supply, and you can connect banana plugs into it. I would like to protect it against ESD, but also protect the amplifier. People in our ...
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ESD wrist wrap resistance

I use a wrist strap with 1 MOhm resistance connected to a ground Plug Adapter with 1.5 MOhm, so total series resistance is 2.5 MOhm. Is it OK for ESD protection or would it be better to connect the ...
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UART signal quality and ESD protection

Our circuit has its UART port connecting with a central control board. And I am thinking on the ESD issues. The UART runs at 56700 baud rate. The UART communication is between two stm32f407 chips. ...
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Protection of a 1.2V bus

I typically put a TVS diode on all of my power rails as standard practice to protect against ESD events. I'm using an FPGA in a design for the first time and I'm finding that I can't get a TVS with a ...
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TVS diode electrical parameters

I am using below diode in my design to protect 3V3 lines:- http://www.ibselectronics.com/ibsstore/datasheet/AZ5123-01F_Datasheet.pdf On page 2 they have given :- Also, they have given on same ...
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How to check the grounding of rack shelf for ESD

Can anyone suggest how to check the grounding of the Metal Rack Shelf for Discharging Static Electricity? I have an Earth tester with three terminals. Is it possible to conduct the test by using ...
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Protect exposed metallic components from ESD

I suppose that a PCB covered into a plastic case it's protected from directly touching it and from possible ESD damage from direct contact. But there is some exposed PCB components like USB connector ...
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ESD protection for OpAmp inputs and outputs

The following circuit is a preamplifier that we are currently using. In real practice, we do not have the photodiode connecting with OpAmp directly on board. Instead, the photodiode is connected with ...
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Diode protection in Pins

I was using the ISL21090 voltage reference from intersil. Intersil Link. Now, there are quite a few DNC pins in this package which could be an issue during ESD . Thats when I cam across a kind of ...
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Difference between Bidirectional TVS diode symbols

I am intending to use this CDSOT23-T05C Bidirectional TVS diode in my design to protect two separate data lines, however the symbols in the datasheet are contradicting conventional rules. This is how ...
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ESD sensitivity of MOSFET pins

Recently I ordered some tiny SMD MOSFETs (AO3400) I never paid any attention to ESD. After soldering several MOSFETs on SMD to DIP conversion boards for prototyping I noticed they didn't function ...
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Power line protection: overvoltage, ESD, voltage polarity

We are designing an industrial control board. The input voltage of the board is +12V, ground and -12V. Our previous design does not include any power protection and now I want to add over voltage and ...
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ESD tests: when device is powered and not

I have some questions on ESD tests performed when device connected with power and not and searching for help here. I am asking this question because I think ESD can go into the power through TVS ...
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Why we do not need wrist bands for ESD protection when using an iphone?

When using high performance oscilloscopes, it is recommended to always operate with a wrist band connecting with ground through 1MOhm. So my understanding for that is the oscilloscopes are designed ...
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ESD protection for work with CPU/GPU

I am ready to perform a BGA reballing operation on my ps3's CPU and GPU chips. Should i take into consideration electrostatic discharge or is it not needed? How can i protect from these dangers? Are ...
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What could cause a buck controller to regulate to half its set point?

I have had two buck converters (from different vendors) fail in very similar ways. The first was blamed on electrical over-stress (i.e. too high of a voltage was applied to a logic-level pin) - the ...
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Latch-up and ESD protection for power supply and RS-422

I am designing a power supply board that has a switching regulator and four LDOs. Now, I understand that layout details or practices will help reduce switching noise from corrupting the ground and so ...
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Defence from electrostatic discharges

I work with SLED (superluminiscent light-emitting diodes). Datasheet said me that I must to avoid electrostatic discharges when I work with SLED. So I want to connect cathode with anode of SLED and ...
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ESD - SMA connector

Suppose I have PCB in metal chassis with 2 SMA connectors mounted on it. Let's say they are used for GSM and GPS. How to protect against ESD and successfully pas FCC/CE? I couldn't find any TVS ...
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How to design ESD and EMI -safe circuits? [closed]

First of all, sorry if this question is too low level or stupid, but I really wonder how to design ESD and EMI(electromagnetic interference) -safe circuits. I have read the user manual of my FPGA ...
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How do you choose whether to use a TVS, clamp the signal, or both?

When you are trying to protect a single-ended signal, how do you choose whether to use a TVS, clamp the signal to the rails, or clamp the signal and put a TVS on the rail? Using a TVS can help ...
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ESD protection on small signal inputs

Looking for general advice on ESD protection on board inputs that are carrying small signals, for example, tens of millivolts at very low current. I suspect that hanging diodes off it might compromise ...
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Could an electrically charged person damage an ESD sensitive component, that is isolated from ground, by touching it?

Forgive if it is a silly question, but I couldn't find any answers to this online. I find it hard to understand some ESD related issues. I believe that, typically, Electrostatic Discharges occur when ...
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Antistatic wrist strap without earth - ESD protection when using an inverter

I would like to be able to work off the grid on electronic circuits and I have at my disposal a large 12V battery and inverter (used for lighting in the remote location) which give me the problem of ...
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Why use an antistatic solvent dispenser bottle?

What reasons are there to have an antistatic solvent dispenser bottle (for cleaning your PCBs after soldering) as opposed to a solvent dispenser bottle that is not antistatic rated? I am specifically ...
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How to properly use ESD protection wristbands

I've looked at other articles on EE stack exchange about ESD precautions. I would like to use a wristband for precaution with microcontrollers. Where am I grounding my wristband to? Do I ground ...
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Push-Push SIM card holder ESD protection required?

We are using this SIM card holder in one of our designs. The SIM card can be inserted into the slot and fixed/released by gently pushing it in. So the contacts are protected from touching. Would you ...
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Stuck in simulation in LTSpice. ESD Generator

I am trying to simulate an ESD Generator equivalent circuit. My schematic is attached below. I am not getting any voltage. I am guessing there is something I am missing. But cannot think of one. ...
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ESD protection on a solenoid driver circuit

I have a breadboard circuit that controls some solenoid valves and am trying to move it to a PCB along with improving it for ESD and EMI. This is the circuit I have on the breadboard that I want to ...
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1-Wire DS2480B overvoltage and ESD protection

I'm designing a series of 1-Wire components for my SmartHome Bus and use the DS2480B as Busmaster. Because the cable I run around the house has 3 wires (24V, 1-Wire, GND), I'd like to protect the ...
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Clamping Diodes - Any disadvantages form continuously clamp down?

I am looking at using Clamping diodes to protect my Raspberry Pi UART pins from over voltage. The ESD Diodes I am looking at using My question is, is there any harm in them continuously clamping down ...