ESD Threshold


Electrostatic Discharge or ESD is a well-known cause of failure for electronic and electro-optical components. The primary purpose of ESD testing is to determine the threshold level of voltage that will cause failure of a component, or alternately, the “withstand voltage” (the highest voltage that can be applied without causing failure). While various standards provide methods to determine the threshold level, ESD testing is also sometimes used as a “go / no go” test to determine if a component will pass a predetermined stress level.

For electrostatic discharge testing, Silicon Cert Laboratories performs Human Body Model (HBM Threshold Testing) and Machine Model (MM Threshold Testing) to determine the ESD threshold.