Insertion Loss and Performance in EMI Filtering

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 26, 2019 1:31:00 PM

To comply with international legislation such as the EU Directive on EMC or the FCC, EMI filtering is an essential element of equipment design. Here, we will continue to explore EMI filtering through insertion loss and filtering performance.

The insertion loss performance shows signal attenuation at any given frequency. As a metric, the insertion loss performance is most useful as a guide in the filter selection process; the actual performance in service can vary depending on circuit characteristics.

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Topics: Filter, Capacitor

Capacitor Fundamentals: Part 14 – Useful Formulas and Calculations for Capacitors

Posted by Simon Mao on Nov 19, 2019 9:22:00 AM

 

Welcome to the Capacitor Fundamentals Series, where we teach you about the ins and outs of chips capacitors – their properties, product classifications, test standards, and use cases – in order to help you make informed decisions about the right capacitors for your specific applications. After describing soldering for capacitors in our previous article, let’s discuss common formulas and calculations for capacitors.

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Topics: Capacitor

Capacitor Fundamentals: Part 13 – Soldering for Chip Capacitors

Posted by Simon Mao on Nov 12, 2019 9:21:00 AM

 

Welcome to the Capacitor Fundamentals Series, where we teach you about the ins and outs of chips capacitors – their properties, product classifications, test standards, and use cases – in order to help you make informed decisions about the right capacitors for your specific applications. After describing visual standards for chip capacitors in our previous article, let’s discuss chip attachment and termination guidelines.

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The Need for High Temperature Capacitors in DC Link Buses

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 5, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Today’s advancements in power electronics are reaching all-new highs in performance. In the quest for increasing efficiency and power density of converters and inverters, manufacturers are looking to use WBG semiconductors, such as gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC), for making metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs), metal-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MESFETs) and other devices.

These materials are capable of operating at faster switching frequencies – and therefore greater current and power – compared to traditional silicon-based materials. Their higher temperature rating also allows the semiconductors to be used in harsher environments found in electric vehicles, aerospace, energy production, and test equipment.

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The Challenges 5G Brings to RF Filtering

Posted by Peter Matthews on Oct 29, 2019 9:51:00 AM

In the race to implement mainstream 5G wireless communication, the world is waiting to see if this next-generation network will achieve a hundredfold increase in user data rates. This transformative technology not only boosts performance for the latest cell phones, but also for fixed wireless access (FWA) networks and Internet of Things (IoT) smart devices. In order to reach 10 Gbps peak data rates, the increase in channel capacity must come from somewhere. A key innovation at the heart of 5G is utilizing new frequencies greater than 20 GHz in the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, which offers the most dramatic increase in available bandwidth.

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Topics: 5G, mmWave

Introduction to EMI Filtering

Posted by Peter Matthews on Oct 22, 2019 10:34:00 AM

With the ever-increasing use of electronic equipment comes a greater likelihood of interference from all the other equipment out there. In the same vein, we’re seeing more circuits, with lower power levels, that are easily disturbed; so, there’s a need to protect equipment from EMI (electromagnetic interference). In automotive or medical applications, for example, there can be no false alarms due to external interference. The level of uncertainty has pushed EMI compliance testing to the component level.

To meet international legislation such as the EU Directive on EMC or the FCC, EMI filtering is an essential element of equipment design. Introducing screening measures to case or cables, for example, may suffice in many instances, but you might need to introduce low-pass filtering for additional protection as well. Here, we will begin to explore EMI filtering and the terminology used in designing effective protection.

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Topics: Filter

Knowles Precision Devices Selected to Support Joint Strike Fighter Program

Posted by Peter Matthews on Oct 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

As aerospace and defense technology advances, manufacturers need to find ways to incorporate more features without simply making planes larger, heavier, and increasingly more expensive. This is why the size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) is often a driving factor for aerospace and defense companies when awarding contracts to component manufacturers.

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Topics: Filter

Capacitor Fundamentals: Part 12 – Visual Standards for Chip Capacitors

Posted by Simon Mao on Oct 7, 2019 2:38:00 PM

Welcome to the Capacitor Fundamentals Series, where we teach you about the ins and outs of chips capacitors – their properties, product classifications, test standards, and use cases – in order to help you make informed decisions about the right capacitors for your specific applications. After describing high reliability testing in our previous article, let’s discuss visual standards for chip capacitors.

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How a $5 Capacitor Turned Into a $1 Billion Problem

Posted by Peter Matthews on Oct 2, 2019 3:10:24 PM

In mission-critical applications, additional screening and testing is required to ensure that only the most robust parts make it to the finished product. Preventative measures, like high quality standards, lessen the possibility of failure in the field and minimize the likelihood of astronomical downstream costs.

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A Quick Guide to Properly Selecting a Capacitor for MMIC RF Bypassing

Posted by Peter Matthews on Sep 30, 2019 8:26:00 AM

Supply noise creates challenges in RF systems where it can mix with RF signals, impacting signal-to-noise ratios and potentially causing spurious output. Thus, high-frequency monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifiers with broadband gain need to be protected from RF noise on the supply lines. Avoiding these issues with supply line noise requires RF designers to use a bypass capacitor that provides an efficient path to ground for RF energy on the supply line before it enters a gain stage (Figure 1).

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Topics: Capacitor

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