Capacitor guide of ESD (5): How is the ESD test performed for TDK's MLCCs?
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A. Based on our most prevalent customer requirements, TDK follows the AEC-Q200 as the typical ESD test method for passive components. Existing family qualifications are conducted with this method.

The AEC-Q200 starts at 6kV and follows a progressive voltage test scale based on a progression tree. In an ideal situation the progression would be 6kV, 12kV, 16kV, and 25kV. A single charge/discharge at each polarity is triggered at each voltage level. Virgin parts are allowed at each voltage. It should be noted that proper and complete discharge is critical in obtaining accurate ESD results.

The highest level passed represents the ESD classification level (ESD sensitivity) for the component being tested. This classification level helps the design engineer determine the right capacitor for their application.

IEC 61000-4-2 which is applicable for set and module evaluation is widely accepted also. TDK release ESD protection series witch can endure the most rigorous level (level-4:8000V) of ESD tests for contact discharge described under the IEC61000-4-2.

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