Characterization of Human Metal ESD Reference Discharge Event and Correlation of Generator Parameters to Failure Levels-Part I: Reference Event

Ramachandran Chundru
David Pommerenke, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Kai Wang
Thomas Van Doren, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Jiu Sheng Huang
Federico Centola

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Electrostatic discharge (ESD) generators are used for testing the robustness of electronics toward ESD. Most generators are built in accordance with the IEC 61000-4-2 specifications. Using only a few parameters, this standard specifies the peak current, the rise time and the falling edge. Lacking a transient field specification, test results vary depending on which generator is used, even if the currents are quite similar. Such a specification is needed to improve the test repeatability. As for the current, the specification should be based on a reference human metal ESD event. While keeping the presently set peak current and rise time values, such a reference ESD (5 kV, 850-µm arc length) is identified and specifications for current derivative, fields, and induced voltages are derived. The reference event parameters are compared to typical ESD generators.