Jordan Yates

Jordan Yates
Jordan Yates is a Marketing Engineer at Knowles Precision Devices. Her specialty is understanding capacitors in Power Electronics. She holds a mechanical engineering degree with additional experience in Automation and Oil & Gas.  

Recent Posts

Snubber Capacitors in the Field

Posted by Jordan Yates on Jan 31, 2024 8:16:00 AM

Given that snubber capacitors address the negative impacts of switching, it’s no surprise that they’re most commonly found in switching power supplies. These systems face major challenges from switching, including: 

  • Switching transients 
  • Parasitic elements 
  • High-frequency noise 
Read More

Topics: Capacitor

Understanding the Critical Roles of Specialty Capacitors in Power Electronics

Posted by Jordan Yates on Jan 10, 2024 8:15:00 AM

Capacitors serve many crucial functions in power electronic circuits. Their ability to store electric charge makes them essential components for regulating and smoothing power flow. 

Many of these capacitors are standard fare, but a few play highly specialized, functional roles. To meet application-specific demands, these capacitors must be selected carefully based on function, size, and interoperability. 

Read More

Topics: Capacitor

Medical Electronics Bring Care Closer to Patients

Posted by Jordan Yates on Jan 3, 2024 8:34:00 AM

Digital and connected healthcare methods are getting better and better at harnessing the full potential of today’s advanced medical technologies and popular consumer devices. This combination is evolving standard healthcare delivery for the digital age. While these technologies still pose privacy, security and access challenges, they’ve made significant strides. The vision of a less hospital-centric, and more patient-centric, system is starting to crystallize.

Read More

Topics: Medical

The Roles of Capacitors in EV Traction Inverter Topologies

Posted by Jordan Yates on Dec 13, 2023 8:15:00 AM

The power electronic systems in an electric vehicle (EV) feature a wide variety of capacitors. From DC-link capacitors to safety capacitors and snubber capacitors, these components play a critical role in stabilizing and safeguarding the electronics from factors like voltage spikes and electromagnetic interference (EMI). Here, we’ll focus on the capacitors used in the EV traction inverter.  

Read More

Topics: Capacitor, Electric Vehicles

Non-Magnetic Trimmer Capacitors for In-Suite or Portable MRI Machines

Posted by Jordan Yates on Nov 1, 2023 8:15:00 AM

MRI systems are so robust and require so much infrastructure that they need their own dedicated room—until recently.

A portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, or point of care (POC) MRI machine, is a compact, traveling device that’s designed for patient imaging outside of the traditional MRI suite (e.g., emergency rooms, ambulances, rural clinics, field hospitals, etc.)

Read More

Topics: Capacitor, Medical

How Gallium Nitride (GaN) Semiconductors in Defense Power Supplies Affect Capacitor Selection

Posted by Jordan Yates on Oct 18, 2023 8:30:00 AM

Defense applications tend to operate at high voltages and wide temperature ranges. They require components with increased efficiency, reduced size, and high power density. Because a wideband gap (WBG) semiconductor embodies these characteristics, defense and aerospace systems are increasingly using Gallium Nitride (GaN) for power conversion. 

Read More

Topics: Capacitor, Military and Aerospace, High Reliability

The Role of Resonant Capacitors in Power Electronics

Posted by Jordan Yates on Oct 11, 2023 8:23:00 AM

At a foundational level, the ability to store electric charge and more easily pass higher-frequency AC currents are two of the most identifiable properties of capacitors. However, at very high frequencies, the ideal behavior of a capacitor can be compromised. In those situations, the parasitic, resistive and inductive components of a capacitor have an outsized influence on its behavior. 

Read More

Topics: Capacitor

The Importance of Safety Capacitors in Power Electronics

Posted by Jordan Yates on Oct 4, 2023 8:14:36 AM

Safety capacitors are designed to mitigate the effects of transient voltages and interference in electrical and electronic circuits, especially high-voltage applications, ensuring their safe operation. Even everyday devices need safety capacitors: modems and other telecoms equipment, AC-DC power supplies, power distribution switchgear, and electric vehicles (EVs) and other automotive applications.

Read More

Topics: Capacitor

What Are DC Link Supporting Filters?

Posted by Jordan Yates on Sep 27, 2023 8:15:00 AM

In power electronics, the DC link refers to the section that connects the input and output sides of the power conversion system (Figure 1). The primary function of the DC link is to store energy during the times when the input power is higher than the output power and release energy when the output power demand exceeds the input power. The DC link should include a capacitor that servers as a supporting filter to act as a buffer, minimize voltage ripples, and smooth and stabilize the power flow between various components such as rectifiers, inverters, and other converters in the power system.

Read More

Topics: Capacitor

Understanding the Crucial Role of Snubber Capacitors in Power Electronics

Posted by Jordan Yates on Sep 20, 2023 8:28:00 AM

Large voltage spikes are common in power circuits, particularly during switching—a core action for device functionality. As a result, voltage suppression is a fundamental system requirement to protect circuits.

Enter: snubber capacitors

Read More

Topics: Capacitor

Insights Into Precision Passive Devices

Knowles Precision Devices is a premier global source for Capacitors, RF Filters, EMI Filters, Resonators, non-magnetic components and advanced dielectric materials. An umbrella for the brands of Compex, DLI, Johanson MFG, Novacap, Syfer and Voltronics, Knowles Precision Devices serves a variety of markets including military, aerospace/avionics, medical equipment, implantable devices, EMI and connector filtering, oil exploration, instrumentation, industrial electronics, automotive, telecoms and data networks.

This Blog will provide insights into:

  • Filters for 5G and mmWave
  • Capacitors for High Voltage
  • Capacitors for High Reliability

and much more. Subscribe below to stay informed.

Subscribe Here!

Recent Posts