App note: Damage from a lightning bolt or a spark—It depends on how tall you are!

Here’s an application note from Maxim describing how to protect printed circuit boards (PCBs) against ESD destruction: Large steel buildings, automobiles, mountains, even people survive real atmospheric lightning. Humans can also create their own miniature lightning bolts (sparks) and survive. When those sparks reach an IC, however, major trouble results. In this tutorial, we will discuss […]