6.1.1 Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) costs the electronics industry millions of dollars each year in
damaged components, non-functional circuit boards and scrambled or missing information. ESD
can occur in the manufacturing, shipping, receiving, and field handling of integrated circuits or
computer boards with no visible signs of damage. A malfunction in these components or boards
can occur immediately or the apparatus may perform for weeks, months, or even years before an
unpredictable and premature breakdown causes a field failure.
6.1.2 Why Should I Care About Electrostatic Discharge?
When you incorporate electronic components or boards into your products, ESD damage can have
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