Verifying ESD Simulator Performance Using an Oscilloscope

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Verifying ESD Simulator Performance Using an Oscilloscope

This application note will help designers verify the shape of current pulses from electrostatic discharge (ESD) simulators prior to compliance or pre-compliance testing.  It covers some basic theory of ESD and describes a basic test system for ESD simulators, based on an oscilloscope.

It explains how to verify pulses for contact discharge testing and air discharge testing. The 6 Series MSO oscilloscope is used to illustrate the techniques, but the procedures will be practically identical for 4 and 5 Series MSOs.

In fact many of the techniques can be applied using any professional-grade oscilloscope with appropriate rise-time.

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