ESD Association and JEDEC Announce Collaboration on Standards Development for Unified Electrostatic Discharge Test Methods

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association and the ESD Association today announced
that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement for the
development of joint standards and publications in the field of device electrostatic discharge
(ESD) sensitivity testing. JEDEC and the ESD Association believe that this MOU is in the best
interest of their organizations, their membership, and the industry. Under the agreement, the
ESD Association and JEDEC will form a Joint Task Force for the standardization work in which
volunteers from the ESD Association and JEDEC member companies will participate.

Electrostatic discharge can significantly impair the reliability and operation of solid state
devices, and test methodologies are becoming ever more critical to the industry as technology
advances and device complexity increases. Both JEDEC and ESDA believe this combined effort
to develop unified test methods for ESD will be welcome news to an industry confused by the
various ESD test standards currently available.

“This historic collaboration between the ESDA and JEDEC paves the way for the
development of harmonized test methods for ESD, which will ultimately reduce uncertainty
about test standards among manufacturers and suppliers in the solid state industry,” said David E.
Swenson, President of ESD Association.

Nick Lycoudes, Chairman of the JEDEC JC-14 Committee on Quality and Reliability
added, “JEDEC and the ESD Association recognize that the proliferation of standards in the field
of ESD device sensitivity testing has left component manufacturers unsure of which method to
use. By joining forces, we will be able to offer the industry comprehensive, next generation
standards in the field of ESD device sensitivity testing and alleviate unnecessary confusion.”

About ESD Association (

The ESD Association is a not-for-profit, ANSI accredited, professional organization directed by
volunteers dedicated to furthering the technology and understanding of electrostatic discharge.
The Association sponsors education programs, develops ESD standards, holds an annual
technical symposium, and fosters the exchange of technical information among its more than
1500 members representing over 800 companies as well as other interested parties from
academia, the military and industry.

About JEDEC (

JEDEC is the leading developer of standards for the solid-state industry. Almost 3300
participants, appointed by some 295 companies work together in 50 JEDEC committees to meet
the needs of every segment of the industry, manufacturers and consumers alike. The publications
and standards they generate are accepted throughout the world. All JEDEC standards are
available online, at no charge.