I'm currently working on an electronics project. This project is intended to be portable and battery powered. I'm curious about whether or not I should use certain components on my PCB do being too ESD sensitive.
For example, I'm currently trying to use this clock on my design. After ordering it, I notice that it came packaged with a warning to only open/handle at an electrostatic-free workstation.
Now obviously I could oblige to this, however, my end design is an exposed PCB in which a user may accidentally touch. The end user (colleagues of mine, not external customers) will be handling this device to press pushbuttons, look at lights, etc. Furthermore, my design only covers the electronic portion thus I can't create an enclosure to protect during operation. That's the end user's duty.
So I'm somewhat concerned as to whether or not I should proceed with using the previously referenced IC. I'm also not sure as to what kind of ESD protection is used on portable electronics that may allow me to use the chip.
So my questions:
- Is there ever a point in which a certain component shouldn't be selected on an open PCB design because it's too ESD sensitive? Or can you just bypass this with appropriate ESD protection?
- What kind of ESD proection is used for portable electronics?