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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essential ESD protection for embedded engineering

For an embedded software engineer who is working and handling prototype boards (microcontroller systems, no crazy stuff like bare wafers or so): What is a good ESD protection setup? Background: I ...
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ESD plug in with battery backup UPS

Is plunging in an ESD strap to a batter backup like a UPS or APC reasonable? I have a simple ESD cable that terminated in a 3 prong wall outlet where only the earth ground prong is metal. There is a ...
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Do uSD card needs ESD protection?

I am working with bunch of uSD card. The place where i work is not ESD protected so i am just concerned if these devices can get damaged by the discharged current. Can someone help ?
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Use of ESD Tape on device [closed]

Where to use ESD tape? I have ATmega 16 IC . So if i want to put ESD tape, where to use it? My Atmega IC freezes.So I think it is due to use ESD effect.So I want to ESD tape on it. Shall I put it on ...
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Cost/benefit of fixing an ESD issue? [closed]

As electrical engineers, we often go to great lengths to make our electronics designs robust to ESD strikes. However, I was wondering if this is sometimes overkill. Suppose you are making something ...
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EMI/ESD for audio output pins from Allwinner A20

I'm trying to connect the A20 Allwinner pins for audio to an amp speaker. In the schematics they indicate that you must connect a Ferrite Bead (low pass filter) to safe ESD but I don't get the RC ...
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How to determine the ESD level?

I would like to know how we determine the IEC 6100-4-2 level for a product. There are 4 levels, and I don't know what level take. It's for an encapsulated system with mechanical ground separate from ...
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GPIO esd protection

I came across NXP app note highlighting esd protection for GPIO pins. I found two different schemes for digital IO and I2C as given below: As far as I know, I2C pins are same as Uni-directional ...
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Protecting Test Equipment During an ESD Test

I am planning to run an ESD test on a product running traffic to some test equipment over gigabit ethernet and some other signaling interfaces (RS-232, USB, etc.) How do I decouple the ESD spikes from ...
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Normal Operation Current for ESD Diode [closed]

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 on-...
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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 digital/...
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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? http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-High-Quality-3V-to-7KV-Boost-Step-up-Module-...
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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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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 ...