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New Low Loss, Ultra Stable High-Capacitance MLCCs for Power Electronics

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Dec 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Many power electronics today are being designed for use in high-temperature, high-voltage environments, such as inside electric vehicles (EVs). However, size, weight, and power (SWaP) are also key factors driving electronic product development. These conflicting design criteria are an issue for many electrical engineers because space is not available to simply add a cooling system, as this will add weight and increase the product’s overall footprint. Therefore, many of these electronic components are susceptible to “running hot” at the high temperatures and high voltages used in these tiny spaces.

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Topics: Capacitor, Electric Vehicles, High Reliability

Live Webinar: Addressing MLCC Performance Issues in High-Voltage EV Applications

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Nov 10, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Join us and Charged EVs on Wednesday, November 17 at 10 am EDT for our latest live webinar – Addressing MLCC Performance Issues in High-Voltage EV Applications.

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Topics: Capacitor, News and Events, Automotive, Electric Vehicles

A Custom Approach to Large Capacitor Assembly

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Oct 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Achieving high capacitance means going big. But how do you do that while still maximizing board space? At Knowles Precision Devices, we’ve developed a new method for building customizable large capacitor assemblies that capitalize on the vertical space above the circuit board. While stacked capacitor assemblies have been around for many years, these parts do not have very good bump and vibration withstand due to the thin leads used in their construction. These new assemblies from Knowles Precision Devices offer a ruggedized construction capable of withstanding high levels of shock and vibration. This offers a unique combination of capability, durability, high capacitance, and very high voltage in a smaller area, making these capacitors ideal for automotive, military, and aerospace applications.

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Topics: Capacitor, Automotive, Military and Aerospace, High Reliability

Solving Tough Technical Challenges Through Agility and Experience

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Sep 8, 2021 9:00:00 AM

At Knowles Precision Devices, we thrive on working with companies who want to take technically challenging ideas and work through the details to figure out how to turn their seemingly impossible ideas into reality. This is because we are not limited to volume production and have extensive experience making specialty and custom parts. We are also familiar with the challenges associated with delivering high-reliability components as we supply many industries and applications that depend on the consistent functionality of custom-shaped parts. For example, we provide numerous space grade components and we are the only manufacturer who has developed planar array ceramic parts for the International Space Station. 

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Topics: Capacitor, Medical, High Reliability

Meet Safety Requirements at Higher Voltages with New Safety-Certified MLCCs

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Mar 17, 2021 7:00:00 AM

With our new expanded range of enhanced safety-certified multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), Knowles Precision Devices now offers a unique combination of capability and safety certification for electronic device applications. These new surface-mount MLCCs comply with international UL60384-14 and EN60384-14 specifications and can be used instead of leaded film capacitors in AC-DC power supplies where a lightning strike or other voltage transients represent a threat to the electronic equipment.

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Topics: Capacitor, High Reliability

Webinar: Selecting Safe and Reliable Components for High-Voltage EVs

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Jan 21, 2021 9:00:00 AM

With production of high-performance electric vehicles (EVs) such as the Porsche Taycan and several manufacturers slated to release EVs with 800 V battery systems in 2021, using high-voltage battery systems in EVs is no longer just theoretical. Since vehicles operating at higher voltages can address consumer’s main concerns with EVs, this is a welcome advancement, especially as some countries are announcing regulations to eventually allow only EV sales. These changes include accelerating charging time by increasing power and reducing the weight of vehicles which, among other improvements, helps increase driving range and reduce consumer range anxiety.

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Topics: Automotive, Electric Vehicles

Live Webinar: Selecting Safe and Reliable Components for High-Voltage EVs

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Dec 21, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11 am EST for this Knowles Precision Devices and Charged EVs live Webinar discussing how to address the challenges associated with selecting safe and reliable components for high-voltage EVs.

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Topics: News and Events, Electric Vehicles

Today’s RF Power Applications Require Understanding Equivalent Series Resistance & Q Factor

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Jul 8, 2020 6:00:00 AM

As a fundamental component of circuit design, equivalent series resistance (ESR) is the measurement of all the non-ideal electrical resistances in series with a capacitor. When current flows through a multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) due to application of alternating voltage, heat is generated in the MLCC due to the losses, specifically ESR. As a result, this self-heating can cause various performance and reliability issues in the circuits of today’s more complex and smaller electronic systems.

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Topics: Capacitor, Automotive, Electric Vehicles

What to Think About When Replacing Film Capacitors with MLCCs

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Apr 29, 2020 2:57:00 PM

CToday, the design and development of many applications, such as power electronics in electric vehicles (EVs), is driven largely by concerns about size and weight. This means the film capacitors traditionally used by electronics engineers aren’t always the best option. Instead, multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are emerging as an excellent alternative to film capacitors. Let’s review some of the considerations to keep in mind when you are deciding if making the switch is the right choice for your application.  

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Topics: Capacitor, Automotive, Electric Vehicles

Tips From the Lab: Vertical Mount MLCC’s to Save Board Space and Achieve High Capacitance Values

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Apr 15, 2020 2:56:00 PM

As many industries, including RF and automotive, need to incorporate more features in less space, engineers are constantly looking for ways to do more in a smaller footprint. For example, there is often demand for more multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) to achieve higher capacitance values while at the same time increasingly limited space is available. Thus, continuing to simply add capacitors inside an application to achieve a higher capacitance value is not a viable option.

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Topics: Capacitor

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