Masters Theses

Alternative Title

Electrostatic Discharge event locator

Keywords and Phrases

ESD; Event; Locator; Trigger


"Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) presents one of the most common threats to electronic systems especially in the cases of high-speed digital systems. ESD event locator systems have been designed to determine the location of the source of the ESD event using different techniques. One such method of determining the origin of the ESD event, is the use of four antennas and a high-speed Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) system to capture the ESD events.

This thesis presents such an implementation which deals with the design of an analog front-end to a fast TI LM97600 ADC and a Virtex-5 Field-Programmable Gated Array (FPGA) based system to control the ADC and to capture and transfer the sampled data between the FPGA and a Personal Computer (PC). The thesis focuses on specific objectives of the ESD event locator system which include; first, to program the FPGA to capture and acquire data on the high-speed output lanes of the ADC, second to develop a trigger logic to store data only on the occurrence of an ESD event, third to develop robust code to transfer the data from the FPGA to the PC using communication protocols such as Universal Serial Bus (USB)"--Abstract, page iii.


Pommerenke, David

Committee Member(s)

Shi, Yiyu
Beetner, Daryl G.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Computer Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2015


x, 64 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 63).


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Electric discharges -- Detection
Electric discharges -- Measurement
Analog-to-digital converters.

Thesis Number

T 10678

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