9 Electromagnetic compatibility/interference (EMC/EMI)

Electromagnetic compatibility is defined as the ability of a device, equipment or system to function satisfactorily in its electromagnetic environment without introducing intolerable electromagnetic intereference to any other system, while at the same time, its own performance will not be impaired by interference from other sources (see also Noise, p. 232). Since interference is a destroyer of information, it is often a limiting factor in a communications system. For convenience, interference can be divided into two categories, natural and man-made. The former often results in electrostatic discharge (ESD), while the latter usually results in power supply line surges. Natural sources of ...

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