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Handling an op-amp


Mark Passaro
Posted on Saturday, July 09, 2005 - 08:09 am:   

Are these static- sensitive? Should I be doing, or NOT doing, anything special in handling/installing them ? Thanks-
Mike H
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005 - 09:54 am:   

I'm no expert, but I believe that they are static sensitive. I ususally treat them like memory in a computer -- discharge myself by touching something, and I usually stand on concrete when making a change. I've yet to have a problem.
Dave Axt
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 09:48 pm:   

I don't believe that they are static sensitive. They are actually pretty rugged.
Steve Kennedy (admin)
Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2005 - 06:26 pm:   

It is CMOS digital ICs that are the more sensitive of the common parts (like the 4053 electronic switch chips used in the RD/RP models).

The op amps are fairly rugged but NOT immune to static discharge! I always try to follow good procedure by touching chassis ground before handling and touching any semiconductor but I DO NOT otherwise worry about it.

I have handled semiconductors almost daily for 30 years in the performance of my job (without special ESD tools or clothing) and related hobbies and I can't remember ever popping a part as long as I was paying attention, not running on a carpet (generating static) and properly discharging myself to ground before handling the devices.


Mark Passaro
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 10:16 am:   

Thanks Steve, that's what I was looking for.