Multi-layer ceramic capacitors can minimise costs

26 March 2014

RS-branded MLCCs (multi-layer ceramic capacitors) are claimed to offer a reduced-cost option on general-purpose capacitor parts.

The standard 7- and 12inch options are ready for automatic pick-and-placement and are suitable for mobile consumer devices or video and tuner designs, and other designs requiring low inductance capacitors for high-frequency applications.

The compact MLCCs are available in the 0603 (1.6x0.8x0.8mm) size and features a wide capacitance range from 1000 to 10,0000pF (1- to 10nF), including 1000, 2200, 4700, 6800 and 10000pF devices. Voltage ratings are 16, 50 or 100V. Devices are also available in the 0402 (1x0.5x0.5mm) size, with voltage ratings of 16 and 50V.

Most devices feature a EIA Class 2 temperature-stable X7R dielectric, operating across -55 to +125°C with capacitance tolerances of ±15%, and can be used for decoupling applications. Other options use EIA Class 1 temperature-compensating C0G (NP0) materials.

The MLCCs conform to EIAJ RC3402 and are compatible with EIA RS198 and IEC PUB. 384-10 standards. They are suitable for flow and reflow soldering and are available direct from stock for same-day despatch.

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