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CV solid tantalum chip capacitors for space starved apps

24 Jan 2013  | Steve Taranovich

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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has recently debut a new line of molded MICROTAN solid tantalum chip capacitors which are specifically designed for the space-constrained consumer electronics market. The TL8 series devices use a high-volumetrically efficient packaging solution to enable the industry's highest capacitance voltage ratings in small case sizes down to 0805 with low profiles from 0.8mm to 1.0mm.

Vishay Sprague TL8 capacitors are offered in a variety of compact EIA standard footprints, including the 0805 (2.0 mm by 1.25 mm), A case (3.2 mm by 1.60 mm), and B case (3.50 mm by 2.80 mm). The devices feature high capacitance-voltage ratings from 3.3µF-35 V to 220µF-4 V, standard capacitance tolerances of ±10 % and ±20 %, and an operating temperature range of—55°C to + 85°C, or + 125°C with voltage derating.

rating curve

Figure 1: Voltage vs. Temperature rating curve for TL8 capacitors.

With their small case sizes and low profiles, the TL8 capacitors save board space for bulk capacitance, energy storage, filtering, and decoupling in the next generation of ultra-thin smartphones and other handheld, battery-operated consumer electronics. In addition, the devices' high voltage ratings are ideal for OLED displays.

The capacitors' lead (Pb)-free, L-shaped facedown terminations offer better mechanical and electrical contact to the solder pad than traditional facedown-style terminations. The RoHS-compliant devices conform to Vishay's "Green" standards and are available in 8 mm tape and reel packaging per EIA-481.

Pricing for U.S. delivery only starts at $0.08 per piece. For more information visit Vishay's website.

- Steve Taranovich

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