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Cylindrical Foil Resistor replaces wirewound RBR57 MIL devices.

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March 7, 2014 - Designed as direct, performance-enhancing replacement for wirewound and metal film devices, non-inductive (<0.08 H) and non-capacitive VTA57Z features TCR of 0.05 ppm/C nominal from 0 to +60C and 0.2 ppm/C nominal from -55 to +125C (+25C ref) as well as load-life stability of <0.005% after 2,000 hr of rated power at 70C. Power ratings include 0.25 W at +70C and 160 V max working voltage. Other values include 5 Ω to 100 kΩ resistance range and tight resistance tolerance to 0.01%.

VPG's Cylindrical VTAZ Foil Resistor Series Replaces Wirewound RBR57 MIL Style with Greater Precision

Vishay Precision Group
3 Great Valley Parkway, Suite 150
Malvern, PA, 19355

Press release date: February 26, 2014

MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) today announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has extended its VTAZ series of Bulk Metal Z-Foil ultra-high-precision tubular axial-lead resistors with a new device in the RBR57 MIL size. Designed to provide a direct replacement, with better performance, for wirewound and metal film devices, the VTA57Z features ultra-low TCR of 0.05 ppm/C nominal (0C to +60C) and 0.2 ppm/C nominal (-55C to +125C, +25C ref.), and load-life stability of less than 0.005% after 2,000 hours of rated power at 70C.

Tested to EEE-INST-002 guidelines for critical space applications, the VTA57Z offers high power ratings of 0.25 W at +70C and a 160 V maximum working voltage. The device features a wide resistance range from 5 Ω to 100 kΩ, with tight resistance tolerance to 0.01%. Any conceivable ohmic value within this range, to six digits, is available with no additional cost or lead time effect.

Compared with wirewound and metal film resistors, Bulk Metal Foil resistors operate at higher frequencies with higher speed, lower inductance, lower capacitance, and smaller phase angles, in addition to providing higher power density, lower TCR, better load-life stability, and lower current noise.

Harmonic distortion is another important consideration in the choice of precision resistors for precision applications because a significant signal voltage may change the resistance value. Under these conditions, Bulk Metal Foil resistors behave more linearly than other resistor technologies.

Foil resistors are available in both axial-lead and chip configurations, and they can be switched from one to the other with no electrical redesign required. Wirewound devices, by contrast, are not available in the chip format used in most assembly processes.

"Another disadvantage of wirewound devices is that TCR tracking is especially difficult with resistors of unequal values," said Yuval Hernik, senior director of application engineering for VFR. "For an extra cost, the same values can be selected for TCR tracking, but the devices must be packaged and handled with extreme care to avoid mixing. In addition, as resistance values diverge, values of minimal divergence require different wire lengths while values of greater divergence require different body sizes or wire diameters. Therefore, these components respond differently through almost all other performance criteria, with consequent deterioration of ratios in other critical areas, such as load life and temperature cycling. Foil resistors, on the other hand, have the same inherently low TCR for all values above 100 Ω and track better than wirewound devices, without the associated selection, packaging, and handling costs."

Featuring a non-inductive (<0.08 H), non-capacitive design, the VTA57Z offers a rise time of 1.0 ns with effectively no ringing, a thermal stabilization time of <1 s (within 10 ppm of steady state value), maximum thermal EMF of 0.1 V/C, and voltage coefficient of <0.1 ppm/V. The resistor withstands ESD spikes to at least 25 kV and is available with both lead (Pb)-free and tin/lead alloy terminal finishes.

Samples and production quantities of the new Bulk Metal Foil resistor are available now, with lead times of five working days for prototype samples and eight weeks for standard orders. Pricing for U.S. delivery only starts at $3.49 per piece.

Further information about the VTA57Z series and other Vishay Foil Resistors products is available at Follow Vishay Foil Resistors at

About Vishay Precision Group
Vishay Precision Group (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of Foil Technology Products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the Company's Force Sensors Products and its Weighing and Control Systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at

About VPG Foil Resistors
VPG Foil Resistors, a part of Vishay Precision Group (VPG), produces the most precise and stable resistors available. Distinguished by the premier brands Vishay Foil Resistors, Powertron, and Alpha Electronics, the VPG Foil Resistors portfolio includes discrete resistors and resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (fixed-lead) configurations; customized chip resistor networks; precision trimming potentiometers; and discrete chips for use in hybrid circuits. These devices are used in applications requiring a high degree of precision and stability, such as in medical testing equipment, semiconductor equipment, precision measuring instruments, aerospace, and military applications. To learn more, visit

Bulk Metal is a registered trademark of Vishay Precision Group, Inc.
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