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TP8 capacitors fit in small automotive electronics

14 Jan 2014

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A new line of solid tantalum chip capacitors come in 0603, 0805 and 0906 case sizes that suit automotive electronic products with limited spaces. Vishay Intertechnology released the TP8 MicroTan series with capacitance-voltage ratings ranging from 1.0microfarads-40V to 100microfarads-6.3V. The AEC-Q200-certified devices are now available in samples and production quantities with 10-week lead times for larger orders.

The industry's automotive-grade moulded chip capacitors used to be offered in A through D case sizes. With the TP8 series, designers now have access to a variety of smaller case sizes—including the 0603, 0805, and 0906. With their small case sizes, the TP8 devices save board space for bulk capacitance, energy storage, filtering, and decoupling in space-constrained automotive applications including tire pressure monitoring systems, camera modules, rearview mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

The TP8 product line features capacitance-voltage ratings from 1.0µF-40 V to 100µF-6.3 V. Included in this range are industry-best values such as 1.0µF-20 V in the 0603 case size and 100µF-6.3 V in the 1206 case. The devices offer standard capacitance tolerances of 10 per cent and 20 per cent and an operating temperature range of -55°C to +85°C, or +125°C with voltage derating.

The devices' rectangular moulded case encapsulation is ideal for high-volume PCB assembly, and their lead-free, L-shaped facedown terminations offer better mechanical and electrical contact to the solder pad than traditional facedown-style terminations. The RoHS-compliant capacitors are available in 8mm tape and reel packaging per EIA-481.

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