FAQ: What are some examples of ESD?
The shock you feel when you walk across a carpeted floor or remove clingy laundry from the dryer are examples of electrostatic discharge. To feel ESD the charge must be at least 2000 – 3000 volts. The same type of discharge can damage or destroy electronic components, but at voltages as low as 500, 100, or even 10 volts, depending on sensitivity. ESD that harms electronics is an invisible phenomenon – you cannot see, feel or hear the discharge, so you never know you had an ESD problem until your telephony equipment fails, calls are scrambled or dropped, sophisticated computers scramble data or lose GPS signals, electronics fail in the field, or a host of other problems resulting from compromised internal circuitry.
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