ESD (Electrostatic discharge)

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Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden and momentary electric current that flows between two objects at different electrical potentials. The term is usually used in the electronics and other industries to describe momentary unwanted currents that may cause damage to electronic equipment.

ESD is a serious issue in solid state electronics. Integrated circuits are made from semiconductor materials such as silicon and insulating materials such as silicon dioxide. Either of these materials can suffer permanent damage when subjected to high voltages, as a result there are now a number of antistatic devices that help prevent static build up



ESD may mean:

* Electrostatic discharge, a sudden and momentary electric current that flows between two objects
* Electronic services delivery, government services provided through the Internet or other electronic means
* Electrostatic dissipative, static dissipative material that will allow the transfer of charge to ground or other conductive object
* Electrostatic sensitive device, any component (primarily electrical) which can be damaged by common static charges
* Environmental secondary detector, a gaseous detection device used with environmental scanning electron microscopes
* Education for Sustainable Development, a vision of education as depicted by the United Nations
* Educational service district, a state-level legislative grouping for schools in some US states.
* Enlightened Sound Daemon, is the sound server for Enlightenment and GNOME.
* Engineering Society of Detroit, a multi-disciplinary association in Southeast Michigan

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