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Image sensor handling and best practices

Posted: 30 Oct 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:image sensor? handling sensors? ESD sensor?

ICs, including image sensor products are sensitive to ESD. ESD events can cause immediate damage to a device so that it is no longer functional. The effect may also not be noticed until a considerable time has passed, with the unit operating to specifications for some time. ESD events also show up as shifts in device characteristics.

ESD events occur by improper handling of the image sensor. Improper handling includes any operation that creates an ESD; for example, handling the device without a wrist strap. Environmental conditions also contribute to the likelihood of ESD event.

The cost of an appropriate ESD control program is well offset by the savings achieved in avoiding damaged devices.

This application note discusses some recommended procedures to minimize the occurrence of an ESD event when handling image sensors.

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