AVX has today announced version 2.0 of its SpiTanIII tantalum and niobium oxide capacitor simulation software. Helping electronic design engineers model and build stable, robust, and reliable designs, SpiTanIII V2.0 features an expanded library of more than 3,000 part numbers and a new two-capacitor comparison function. This allows engineers to access the all of the basic characteristics and parameters for AVX’s standard, polymer, wet, and conformally coated tantalum capacitors.
New additions to the library on SpiTanIII V2.0 include the new TCM Series tantalum polymer multianode chip capacitors and the F-Series capacitors procured as a result of AVX’s recent acquisition of Nichicon’s tantalum division – in addition to niobium oxide capacitors.
Tomas Zednicek, Ph.D, Technical Marketing Manager at AVX, comments: “Updated on an annual basis to provide electronic design engineers with the most accurate technical information about and the most comprehensive simulation capabilities for tantalum and niobium oxide capacitors, the latest version of our SpiTanIII software features a broadly expanded library of part numbers; several new features, including our new two-capacitor comparison tool; and increased user friendliness, such as the new button specifically dedicated to generating S-parameters.”
Accessible characteristics in the latest version of the SpiTanIII software include: capacitance, impedance, equivalent series resistance, dissipation factor, ripple current, ripple voltage, and leakage current. SpiTanIII V2.0 can accurately calculate, model, and compare capacitor performance simulations that reflect each designers’ unique application parameters, when utilising user input values for ambient temperature and derating levels. This means that design engineers can evaluate how changes in temperature affect frequency characteristics.New features accessible by a single, dedicated button also enable users to generate S-parameters, which are useful for designing circuits that require high frequency accuracy. Additionally, all graphs created in SpiTanIII V2.0 may be exported as image files or a list of data values viewable using spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel, for further evaluation.
SpiTanIII V2.0 is available on the AVX website here: http://www.avx.com/SpiApps/#spitan.