Ceramic capacitors compatible with surface mounting

19th October 2016
Alice Matthews

Designer and manufacturer of passive components, Exxelia, has announced its range of C48X high voltage ceramic capacitors. The C48X combines most advantages of NPO and X7R dielectrics, enabling the high power and high frequency ceramic capacitor range to provide great stability in voltage, high capacitance, great dissipation factor and fast charge/discharge. 

The products will be showcased during electronica at Exxelia’s booth B5.312.

Miniaturisation is a driving need for future electronics pieces of equipment. This evolution leads Exxelia Technologies to develop a high voltage ceramic capacitors range based on a dielectric material named C48X, combining most of the advantages of NPO and X7R dielectrics.

Compared to X7R material, C48X dielectric allows to get the same capacitance values under working voltage with the unrivaled advantage of a very low dissipation factor (less than 5.10-4). Besides, it can also withstand very high dV/dt, up to 10kV/μs, which makes it the solution of choice for pulse and fast charge/discharge applications or firing units. Thus capacitors with C48X dielectric appear to be well suited for power applications where heat dissipation may be detrimental to performances and reliability.

Exxelia Technologies’ capacitors based on the C48X material have been developed from 200V to 5kV with chip sizes ranging from 1812 to 16080, allowing a maximum capacitance value of 10μF 200V (10 times more than with an NPO ceramic). The standard stacked versions are proposed with a maximum capacitance value of 47μF 200V.

Regarding the mounting of these capacitors, many configurations are possible to be compatible either with surface mounting or through-hole mounting. All these versions can be suitable for space use and can be designed in order to avoid any whisker growth risk (10% min lead in all tin-lead alloys used). The introduction of the C48X range in the EPPL (European Space Agency Preferred Parts List) for space is in progress for sizes 0603 to 6560 from 100V to 1kV up to size 1210 and up to 5kV until the size 6560.

Typical applications:

  • 400Hz Aircraft
  • Missile ignition
  • Bomb detonators
  • Space
  • Precision/filtering capacitance in thermally challenged environment for AC or DC voltage

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