• on Education & Information
  • Published in issue 1/2000 on page 0
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Static charges

all the shocking facts

Static charges
Electrical components cannot deal especially well with static charges, which is a good reason to treat such charges carefully and with respect. In this article, we present a few practical tips for dealing with static charges, and in the process reveal why elephants should keep their trunks away from ICs.Commonly accepted ideas about static charges still exhibit a lot of misconceptions, and in this regard they are very similar to the ideas that arose with coming of the first (steam) trains in the last century. At that time, many persons (including famous scientists) thought that the human body would spontaneously disintegrate at speeds above 100 km/h. In the meantime, we know better. It is not the speed that matters, but the change in the speed. Simply driving a car at 100 km/h presents no problems, but if you run into a wall at this speed, your speed changes very quickly from 100 km/h to nothing, and you do in fact have a serious problem.
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