Glossary Definition for ESD

Glossary Term: ESD 

Definition

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is the release of stored static electricity. Most commonly, the potentially damaging discharge of many thousands of volts that occurs when an electronic device is touched by a charged body.

See the below application notes and video that describe how ESD is generated, how it damages electronic systems, human body and machine models for testing, IEC compliance levels, and design approaches.

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Synonyms
  • Electrostatic Discharge

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