Tantalum Capacitors feature self-inductance of 1 nH.

Press Release Summary:

Including 3.1 mm D and 2.0 mm Y case size multi-anode mirror configurations, TPM series capacitors are suited for telecommunication infrastructure, networking, servers, and military and aerospace applications. Rated at 2.5-10 V, D case size units have capacitance range of 220-1,000 mF and ESR range of 25-35 mW, while Y case devices have capacitance of 220 mF at 6.3 V with ESR 35 mW. RoHS compliant capacitors are designed for 3x reflow, 260°C peak temperature lead-free assembly systems.

Original Press Release:

AVX Develops Low Profile, Low ESL Multi-Anode 'Mirror' Tantalum Capacitor

New tantalum capacitor symmetrical design reduces ESL to 1nH...

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 10, 2008) - AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components, has expanded its TPM Series to include D and low profile Y case size multi-anode 'mirror' configuration tantalum capacitors. Ideal for telecommunication infrastructure, networking, servers, and military and aerospace applications, the TPM mirror tantalum capacitor delivers low self-inductance (ESL) and lower equivalent series resistance (ESR) in a small package. The new symmetrical design reduces the ESL to 1nH, half that of standard D case sized devices.

Low ESL enables a higher resonant frequency up to 500kHz (mirror D case), delivering more efficient filtering in DC/DC power switching converters. The new design also reduces the height of the new tantalum capacitors from 4.3mm (E case) to 3.1mm (D case) with further reductions down to 2.0mm maximum height (Y case).

"Common demands from designers of switch mode power supplies, microprocessors, and general digital circuit applications include the downsizing of power supplies combined with the reduction of noise while operating at higher frequencies," said Tomas Zednicek, Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager at AVX. "This requires components with low equivalent series resistance (ESR), high capacitance and high reliability, such as multi-anode tantalum capacitors."

The mirror anode configuration also enhances thermal power dissipation, enabling a higher ripple current to be achieved using only one capacitor. This allows a reduction in the number of capacitors, providing a downsizing of the power supply without compromising the output current ratings.

Complying with RoHS requirements, TPM capacitors are designed for 3x reflow, 260°C peak temperature lead-free assembly systems, and feature an operating temperature range of between -55°C and +125°C.

Mirror TPM capacitors have been released in a D case size capacitance range of 220 to 1000mF, are rated at 2.5 to 10V and have an ESR range of 25-35mW. Higher voltage (up to 35 and 50V) devices under development will be especially attractive for telecommunication applications where design height is becoming an important parameter: capacitance values 10-22mF, ESR 65-140mW on a single 35-50V capacitor are difficult to attain within the 3.1mm maximum height using any other technology.

Samples of even lower profile 2.0mm Y case 220mF 6.3V with ESR 35mW are already available upon request.

Typical pricing for the TPM mirror tantalum capacitor starts at $2.00 each in quantities of 1000 pieces with delivery from stock to 14 weeks.

For more information, contact AVX at 801 17th Avenue South, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29578; by calling 843-448-9411; by fax at 843-444-2864; or on the Web at www.avx.com.

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and connectors with 20 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 12 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).

For more information, contact:
Tomas Zednicek
Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager
+420 465 358 126

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