Capacitor Fundamentals: Part 8 – Dielectric Classifications

Posted by Simon Mao on Jun 12, 2019 9:31:00 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 linear dielectrics in our previous article, let’s discuss the different types of dielectrics.

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Capacitor Fundamentals: Part 7 – Linear Dielectrics

Posted by Simon Mao on Jun 7, 2019 9:40:00 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 discussing ferroelectric ceramics in our previous article, let’s describe some interesting characteristics of linear dielectrics.

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A Balancing Act: Cost vs. Reliability for Medical Device Development

Posted by Peter Matthews on May 29, 2019 9:20:00 AM

Today, medical devices incorporate an increasing amount of technology. Mobile capabilities and complicated software continue to change the way devices are designed. For a medical device development company, when applying the business lens, balancing value and reliability is a constant consideration. Patient safety is paramount; however, making effective cost decisions becomes increasingly complex when other factors are on the line.

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Capacitor Fundamentals: Part 6 – Ferroelectric Ceramics

Posted by Simon Mao on May 8, 2019 8:53:00 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 dielectric properties in our previous article, let’s discuss some interesting characteristics of ferroelectric ceramics.

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Capacitor Fundamentals: Part 5 – Dielectric Properties

Posted by Simon Mao on May 1, 2019 9:00:00 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 dielectric polarization and losses in our previous article, let’s discuss five dielectric properties that affect capacitor performance.

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Capacitor Fundamentals: Part 4 – Dielectric Polarization

Posted by Simon Mao on Apr 23, 2019 8:38:00 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 factors that affect capacitance in our previous article, let’s discuss dielectric polarization and its relationship with frequency

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Capacitor Selection: Meeting the Demands of Medical Innovation

Posted by Peter Matthews on Apr 16, 2019 9:24:00 AM

As technology advances in the medical device space, electronics design is constantly adapting to meet industry needs. Since implantable medical devices must be embedded into the body, one of the main goals is to reduce physiological burden by minimizing the need for invasive surgeries. To achieve these goals, capacitors are just one of the many components that need to meet the demands of innovation, which today most commonly means the super-miniaturization of electronic circuits and advancements in capacitor materials and design.

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Looking Closer at Resonant Capacitors in Electric Vehicles

Posted by Simon Mao on Apr 13, 2019 1:10:28 PM

One of the primary goals in electric vehicles (EVs) is to increase the efficiency of its power conversion devices. The more efficiently power is converted, the further distance the EV can travel on one charge. For example, by reducing losses in a DC-to-DC (or DC/DC) converter, the converter (and overall vehicle) benefits from improved energy efficiency, a more streamlined design, and diminished heating from components.

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Looking Closer at Smoothing Capacitors in Electric Vehicles

Posted by Simon Mao on Apr 10, 2019 9:13:00 AM

In power electronics, rectification is the conversion of alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). After the AC signal enters a rectifier circuit consisting of power diodes, the resulting raw rectified waveform yields a series of half sine waves with significant ripple. In order to minimize the pulsating DC voltage, a smoothing capacitor is placed in parallel with the load across the rectifier output. As the rectifier voltage rises, the capacitor charges and stores energy like a reservoir. Then when the rectifier voltage falls, the capacitor discharges, greatly reducing the ripple voltage.

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Looking Closer at Snubber Capacitors in Electric Vehicles

Posted by Peter Matthews on Mar 20, 2019 10:11:00 AM

In our last article about electric vehicles (EV), we talked about using DC link capacitors as an intermediary buffer in power converters. Today’s topic covers another useful power module component – the snubber capacitor. Snubbers are energy-absorbing circuits used to protect electronics from voltage spikes and transients caused by turning a switch from the On to Off state. Opening a switch intrinsically induces a high voltage across the device, and the snubber provides an alternate flow path for the excess energy to be absorbed by the snubber capacitor and dissipated by a resister or other load.

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