EIA MLCC Case Sizes: Past and Future

Posted by Victor Lu on Dec 21, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Standards are a form of technical infrastructure, and their influence is felt throughout the electronics industry. For example, formed in 1924, the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) was an American standards organization that established an alliance of trade associations in the United States electronics manufacturing industry. Their collaboration ensured that electronic equipment produced by different manufacturers was compatible and interchangeable. The EIA formally dissolved in February 2011, dividing by sector.

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Understanding Buck and Boost Converters and the Capacitors Behind Them

Posted by Jordan Yates on Dec 7, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Product designers working on critical applications requiring electrical power must carefully select components that not only supply the appropriate amount of voltage at the right time, but also help mitigate issues such as voltage ripple, ensure system longevity, and improve component reliability. 

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High Q Capacitors for RF Power

Posted by Peter Matthews on Nov 22, 2022 8:15:00 AM

The generation of RF energy is critical for a wide range of technologies including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), semiconductor manufacturing, industrial lasers, and wireless charging systems that require high-frequency current and minimal instances of power loss. For example, with an industrial laser, the RF plasma excitation, which is when electrons are broken off an atomic bond and plasma forms, requires RF sources ranging from 1kHz to 40.68MHz depending on the energy required, and a CO2 laser RF power supply that contains a standard source at 13.56MHz, 81MHz, or 125MHz.

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Topics: Capacitor, RF and Microwave

Selecting MLCCs that Meet the High-Reliability Requirements of Medical Implantable Devices

Posted by Victor Lu on Oct 26, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Designing medical implantable devices for high reliability is crucial for a variety of reasons. First, given the life-critical functions performed by many medial implantable devices, and the invasive procedure required to implant medical equipment properly in the human body, it is imperative that all medical devices are designed to function reliably throughout their entire lifetime. Furthermore, since patient safety is paramount, any precautions to reduce the possibility of potentially life-threatening malfunctions, recalls, and replacement surgeries are necessary. And, beyond preventing patient safety issues, there may also be severe economic and legal implications for device manufacturers if an implantable device fails.

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Topics: Capacitor, Medical, High Reliability

New App Note: Everything You Need to Know About Wire Bonding

Posted by Emma Richardson on Oct 19, 2022 9:35:24 AM

Today, one of the most cost-effective and flexible electrical interconnection techniques available is wire bonding. With this technique, thin wire and a combination of heat, pressure, and/or ultrasonic energy are used to create a connection between an integrated circuit or other semiconductor devices and device packaging.

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Trimmer Capacitor Considerations in Practice

Posted by Rich Bestafka on Sep 28, 2022 7:15:00 AM

Trimmer capacitors are variable components used to calibrate RF circuits during manufacturing or servicing. These components allow for variable tuning--think oscillator frequency values or rise and fall times. Should values drift over the life of the device, trimmer capacitors can be recalibrated as needed. For sensitive applications like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), these components help to optimize performance where any instability in time or temperature could impact the image output.

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Topics: Capacitor, Medical

Meeting the Unique Design Requirements for Leadless Pacemaker Electrical Components

Posted by Jordan Yates on Aug 31, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Today, millions of people around the world rely on pacemakers to help regulate their heart’s rhythm. A traditional pacemaker usually consists of a pulse generator that is about the size of a tea bag and implanted under the skin near the collarbone, and a wire, or lead, that runs through a blood vessel to the heart. The end of the lead has an electrode on it that touches the heart wall to deliver electrical impulses. However, in the last decade, innovations in pacemaker technology have led to the introduction of a new style of pacemaker, known as the leadless pacemaker, that is about 1/10th the size of a traditional pacemaker, or about the size of a vitamin (Figure 1).

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Topics: Capacitor, Medical, High Reliability

Now Available! The Engineer’s Design Kit for SLCs

Posted by Emma Richardson on Aug 24, 2022 8:45:00 AM

With the challenges of today’s global supply chain, we understand that improving the efficiency of your development process is critical to delivering quality products on time. When evaluating components for use in your product, you don’t have time to wait 2–3 weeks for a product sample. And you certainly don’t have the time to wait another 2–3 weeks if you discover that the sample you ordered isn’t right for your design. That’s why Knowles Precision Devices is now offering all-in-one Single Layer Capacitor (SLC) Design Kits for design engineers.

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Looking Closer at Snubber Capacitors in Electric Vehicles

Posted by Peter Matthews on Aug 3, 2022 8:30:00 AM

In a previous 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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Topics: Capacitor, Automotive, Electric Vehicles

Comparing PME and BME MLCCs for High-Reliability Applications

Posted by Victor Lu on Jul 13, 2022 8:15:00 AM

Multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are made up of two materials—ceramic dielectric material and metal electrode material. Layering metal electrodes and ceramic dielectrics (Figure 1.) achieves voltages that are capable of producing high electric fields that ultimately allow MLCCs to regulate current flow and prevent electromagnetic interference between components. There are two common electrodes used in MLCCs: precious metal electrodes (PMEs), containing palladium silver, and base metal electrodes (BMEs), containing nickel or copper. Each electrode type holds a spot in the capacitor world for a reason.

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