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Energies 2010, 3(11), 1728-1740; doi:10.3390/en3111728
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Electrostatic Discharge Current Linear Approach and Circuit Design Method

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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Iroon Polytechniou Str., Zographou 157 80, Athens, Greece
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Received: 14 October 2010 / Revised: 3 November 2010 / Accepted: 3 November 2010 / Published: 8 November 2010
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Abstract

The Electrostatic Discharge phenomenon is a great threat to all electronic devices and ICs. An electric charge passing rapidly from a charged body to another can seriously harm the last one. However, there is a lack in a linear mathematical approach which will make it possible to design a circuit capable of producing such a sophisticated current waveform. The commonly accepted Electrostatic Discharge current waveform is the one set by the IEC 61000-4-2. However, the over-simplified circuit included in the same standard is incapable of producing such a waveform. Treating the Electrostatic Discharge current waveform of the IEC 61000-4-2 as reference, an approximation method, based on Prony’s method, is developed and applied in order to obtain a linear system’s response. Considering a known input, a method to design a circuit, able to generate this ESD current waveform in presented. The circuit synthesis assumes ideal active elements. A simulation is carried out using the PSpice software.
Keywords: electrostatic discharge current; linear system; approximation method; electrostatic discharge circuit   electrostatic discharge current; linear system; approximation method; electrostatic discharge circuit  
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Katsivelis, P.K.; Fotis, G.P.; Gonos, I.F.; Koussiouris, T.G.; Stathopulos, I.A. Electrostatic Discharge Current Linear Approach and Circuit Design Method. Energies 2010, 3, 1728-1740.

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