Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors are immune to PCB flexure.

Press Release Summary:

To minimize acoustic noise and cracks caused by PCB flexure, KRM Series features external metal terminals, which lift body up to 1 mm above surface of PCB when mounted, ensuring that bending forces are not transmitted between PCB and capacitor. Design allows 2 capacitors to be mounted on top of each other, doubling effective capacitance. Models range from 47 µF unit measuring 6.1 x 5.3 x 6.4 mm with 25 V rating to 10 µF version measuring 6.1 x 5.3 x 4.8 mm with 100 V rating.

Original Press Release:

High Reliability Metal Terminal Capacitors from Murata Achieve Major Acoustic Noise Reduction and Are Immune to PCB Flexure

Hoofddorp, Netherlands: Murata has developed a series of MLCCs with a unique external metal terminal design which reduces problems associated with mounting larger size MLCCs, including acoustic noise production and cracks caused by flexing the PCB. The construction of this series, the KRM series, also allows two capacitors to be mounted on top of each other, doubling the effective capacitance to achieve very high capacitance values inside small footprints. Additionally, this series outperformed traditional MLCCs in heat shock cycle tests.

With a traditionally mounted capacitor, when a PCB is subject to bending forces this causes mechanical stress in the capacitor and solder joints which leads to cracking. Also, when subject to AC voltages, ceramic capacitors can change their shape and exert a cyclic bending force on the PCB which causes acoustic noise. The new KRM series features ferric alloy terminals which lift the body of the capacitor up to 1mm above the surface of the PCB when mounted, helping ensure that bending forces are not transmitted between the PCB and the capacitor and vice versa, avoiding the problems described above.

In tests, a KRM series capacitor was mounted on a PCB and subjected to DC 20V, AC 1V-p-p. It produced 20dB of acoustic noise compared to the 55dB produced by an identical MLCC that did not have the metal terminals and was mounted directly onto the PCB. The KRM series capacitor was also subjected to up to 6mm of PCB flexure without any cracks appearing, while the traditional MLCC had cracked before 3mm of flexure was reached. In heat shock cycle tests, the KRM series again outperformed the traditional MLCCs after 2000 cycles of -55/+125oC, 5 minutes, with no visible cracking or deformation of the capacitor or the solder joints.

Lineup of the KRM series ranges from the KRM55WR71E476MH01K, a 47uF part measuring 6.1 x 5.3 x 6.4mm and rated at 25V, to the KRM55TR72A106MH01K, a 10uF part rated at 100V which measures 6.1 x 5.3 x 4.8mm.

For further information and reader enquiries:

Aya Tonooka, Murata Europe Limited. Oak House, Ancells Road, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 2QW , United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1252 811666

Fax: +44 (0) 1252 811777



About Murata

Murata is a leading manufacturer of electronic components, modules, and devices. The complete range of this Ceramics Technology house includes ceramic capacitors, resistors/thermistors, inductors/chokes, ceramic resonators, buzzers, sensors and EMI suppression filters. Whilst the company gets 40% of its revenue from its ceramic capacitor products, it is also the world leader in Bluetooth & WiFi Modules, and a key manufacturer of power supplies. Murata also designs and manufactures mobile handset antenna families, piezoelectric actuators for fuel injection systems, short focal length ceramic lenses and speaker products.

Established in 1944, Murata is headquartered in Japan and has European offices in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Hungary.

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