International Electrotechnical Commission
If you’re looking for a testing method with higher peak current levels, a faster rise time, and more voltage spikes then IEC 61000-4-2 can do that. It does so because it is designed for testing in an end-user environment. Some ESD protection mechanisms are placed in integrated circuits just to survive the assembly and integration process toward a finished product. IEC 61000-4-2 takes the testing to the next level by ensuring that the finished products will survive ESD under normal operation. IEC 61000-4-2 is so useful, but what is IEC?
The International Electrotechnical Commission (also known as IEC) is a non-profit, non-governmental international standards organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. IEC standards cover a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fiber optics, batteries, solar energy, nanotechnology and marine energy as well as many others. The IEC also manages three global conformity assessment systems that certify whether equipment, system or components conform to its International Standards.