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Clip for Preventing Electrostatic Discharge Damage

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036806D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29

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Gilliland, DA Holm, KW [+details]


The described electrostatic discharge (ESD) clip device solves an ESD current path problem experienced in the field. When the customer installs a tape cartridge in the tape drive, there is a possibility of injecting stored charge into the machine through the tape cartridge. The ESD clip device forces the discharge away from the machine and directs the current path through a series resistance, lowering the current level. Thus, the device controls both the location and level of ESD current entering the machine.