ESD Electronic Device Sensitivity Classification: What It Means for You

by Michelle R. on August 29, 2014

How sensitive are your electronic devices to the damaging effects of ESD? A simple classification system could offer real guidance. The oldest and most commonly used reference for ESD sensitivity classification is the Human Body Model (HBM), based on the direct transfer of ESD from the human body to a sensitive device. In other words, the HBM testing model simulates electrostatic charge accumulation in the body and is typically performed using automated test systems.

Using the simple chart below, it’s easy to determine the ESD threshold of any device classified under the HBM system.

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