Hidden static charges can accumulate in many places with the potential to cause damage to our systems. In North America, billions of dollars of damage are created every year by unwanted electrostatic discharges. In this seminar, a survey of ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) causes and preventative measures is presented. The seminar also provides a review of ESD standards for electronic equipment. After attending this course, engineering professionals will understand the problems associated with ESD, and be able to generate systems which are robust with respect to ESD events.
The seminar focuses on the ESD phenomenon, which is on one of the most difficult aspects of electromagnetic compatibility. It provides an electronic presentation with the attendees being provided a hard copy of all slides with additional notes. A testing demonstration using an ESD testing gun and table will be performed.
- The ESD problem and ESD-induced failures,
- The ESD stress model,
- Protection against ESD,
- PCB design for increased robustness against ESD,
- Instruments and testing techniques which are robust to ESD,
- The basics of ESD testing gun use, and
- Standards and certification.
The intended audience is electrical and computer engineers working with electronics, embedded systems, computers, and instrumentation systems, and measurement systems. The goal of this seminar is to provide guidance to the engineering professional who needs to address general ESD susceptibility and/or robustness problems. It is assumed that the attendee has basic engineering knowledge but no prior exposure to ESD is required.
Michael McGuire has more than 20 years of engineering experience in various academic and commercial organizations as a software developer, testing engineer, and researcher. He worked in Wireless Communications, Optical Communications, and Radiolocation. He has been with Lucent Technologies in New Jersey, USA for two years researching high-end radio handsets and Embedded Systems. He has performed research for Bell Canada, and is currently a consultant for Wifarer Canada. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, holds a PhD in electrical engineering. Dr. McGuire is registered as a professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia.
Mihai Sima has more than 25 years of engineering experience in various academic and commercial organizations as a research and design engineer on various hi-tech projects. He currently works in Integrated Circuits Design and Testing, Embedded Systems, and Instrumentation Electronics. He had been with Philips Research Labs in the Netherlands for four years researching media processors augmented with Field-Programmable Gate Arrays. He was a consultant for Sandbridge Technologies, New York, in the fields of Software-Defined Radios and Digital Signal Processing. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and holds a PhD in computer engineering. Dr. Sima is registered as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Ontario, and the European Union.