Kemet introduces high voltage ceramic capacitors for the automotive industry

June 20, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Capacitor manufacturer Kemet Corp. has announced new automotive-grade high voltage multilayer ceramic capacitors. Qualified to the Automotive Electronics Council's AEC-Q200 standard, these surface mount capacitors are available in X7R and C0G dielectrics from 500 VDC to 3000 VDC.

With the products, the vendor intends to serve high growth segments within the automotive market such as electric and hybrid vehicles, charging stations for plug-in vehicles as well as vehicle lighting applications. He also highlights the high reliability of the capacitors, making them suitable for mission and safety critical automotive circuits.

Stricter testing protocols and inspection criteria are applied to these products to ensure reliability in potentially harsh environmental conditions. The capacitors meet all AEC-Q200 qualification requirements and are manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO/TS 16949:2002 certified facilities.

The High Voltage AEC-Q200 X7R dielectric is also available with the option of Kemet's Flexible Termination System (FT-CAP). Designed to reduce ceramic chip failures, this technology directs circuit board stress away from the ceramic body and into the termination area, therefore lowering the risk of mechanical damage to the component that can result in low IR or short circuit failures.

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