ESD Protected Connectors
Protection from Electrostatic Discharge
Amphenol has developed cylindrical and rectangular connectors which protect sensitive components from Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) without diodes, varistors, gas tubes, or “experimental” semi-conductive materials.
These connectors utilize the Faraday Cage principle to shunt electrostatic discharge events to the conductive enclosure on which the connector is mounted, thus never allowing the high voltage, high current discharge event to reside on any contacts.
The ESD protected connectors have the same physical envelope as their standard counterparts, and do not require special mounting or terminating techniques. All of the contacts remain fully functional, and electrical characteristics such as capacitance are not effected.