A Comprehensive Guide to Selecting the Right Capacitor for Your Specific Application Needs

Posted by Simon Mao on Jan 13, 2020 8:00:00 AM

At Knowles Precision Devices, our expertise in capacitor technology helps developers working on some of the world’s most demanding applications across the medical device, military and aerospace, telecommunications, and automotive industries.

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Clarifying MIL-STD-461 and EMI Filter Misconceptions

Posted by Peter Matthews on Jan 3, 2020 9:43:00 AM

The US MIL-STD-461 specification manages electromagnetic interference emissions by setting limits on the levels that can be emitted from electrical equipment. This specification also sets regulation to control equipment susceptibility to external noise sources and establishes guidelines for properly measuring the relevant equipment features.

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Application and Installation Considerations for EMI Filters

Posted by Peter Matthews on Dec 17, 2019 10:59:00 AM

EMI filtering plays an important role in reducing noise that could interfere with other devices; in medical or defense applications, for example, false alarms due to external interference could be detrimental. Here, we will continue our EMI filtering exploration with application and installation considerations. For earlier reading, review EMI filtering basics and filter performance.

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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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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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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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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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Non-Magnetic Capacitors for Medical Imaging Applications

Posted by Peter Matthews on Sep 18, 2019 10:46:00 AM

Imaging systems account for a significant portion of the medical devices and electronics industry. There is an expanding range of imaging modalities, and one of the most common is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI equipment uses a strong magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create cross sectional images of the body; these images enable health care professionals to investigate and diagnose without the need for an invasive procedure.

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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.

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