ESD Protection


When insulator surfaces are rubbed together or pull apart, there is an unbalance charge created on the surface, and a phenomenon known as electrostatic discharge takes place. Most electronic components are very sensitive and can be damaged when going through electrostatic discharge. When a static charge moves, it generates a current that can be damaged or destroys oxides, metallization, and junctions.


Electrostatic discharge can take place in one of four ways:

  • A charged body touches an IC

  • A charged IC touches a grounded surface

  • A charged machine touches an IC

  • Induced voltage across a dielectric which is sufficient to break it down.


A human body can also be a cause of ESD because it can become charged by up to 38,000 volts by walking across a carpet and for an ESD pulse to be seen, it should be in the range of 3000 to 4000 volts. Many devices can be damaged well below this threshold.


ESD degrades devices which have latent ESD defects but may not destroy them. This happens when an ESD pulse is not strong enough to destroy a device, but causes damage. The device suffers junction degradation through increased leakage or a decreased reversed breakdown, but the device still functions and is still within specification limits. This type of damage can be avoided by ensuring the device has ESD protection.


The best way to avoid ESD damage is to keep ICs at the same potential as their surroundings. The first rule in avoiding ESD damage is to keep ICs, and everything that comes close to them, at ESD ground potential. Four additional rules support this first rule:

  • Any person handling ICs should be grounded with either an electrostatic wrist strap or ESD protective footwear used with a conductive or static-dissipative floor mat.

  • The work surface for device handling, processing, testing should be made of static-dissipative material and connected to ESD ground.

  • All insulator materials must either be neutralized with an ionizer or be removed from the work area. Clothes which generate static charge must be covered with an ESC protective smock.

  • A Faraday Cage with static-dissipative inside surfaces should be used when storing ICs or transferring them between operators.


While packaging and transporting, the product should be in static-safe containers, such as tubes, boxes or bags.


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066-0055 - Anti Static Wrist Strap, Adjustable, 6ft Cord, Blue, Stud

1503191

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    082-0034F - Dissipative Mat, 2 Layer, Rubber, Grey, 1.2m W x 600mm L

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    069-0002 - ESD Kit, Static Dissipative Workstation, UK Plug

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    228290 - Dissipative Mat, PE (Polyethylene), Black, 1.2m W x 550mm L

    175810

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    28505 - ESD Grounding Cord, Common Point, Yellow, 1m, 1Mohm

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    066-0002 - Anti Static Wrist Strap, Adjustable, Light Blue, 10mm Stud

    1503186

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    Anti Static Wrist Strap, Adjustable, Light Blue, 10mm Stud

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    067-0016 - ESD Grounding Cord, Coiled, Blue, 10ft, 1Mohm

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    724MO - ESD Tester, Workstation Monitor for 2 Operator and 1 Work Surface

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    8501 - ESD Field Service Kit, Portable, Red Mat, Ground Cord, Alligator Clip & Wristband

    1684294

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    093-1010 - ESD Tester, Wrist Strap On-Line Monitor, Wrist Strap Tester

    2790541

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    229740 - Anti Static Wrist Strap, Adjustable, 200mm, Blue

    738724

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    Anti Static Wrist Strap, Adjustable, 200mm, Blue

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    9110-NO - Ionizer, Air, Benchtop, 100-240VAC, without Power Cord

    2758578

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