Space ready MLCCs are offered in two new case sizes

AVX’s space-qualified base metal electrode (BME) MLCCs are now available in seven case sizes spanning 0402 to 2220. Capacitance values and voltage ratings extend from 2.2 nanoF to 22 microF and 16 to 100V. AVX claims that its space-qualified BME MLCCs have the highest CV range of any ESCC MLCC currently available on the market

The range of space-level ESCC QPL 3009/041 X7R BME MLCCs are the first range of ESCC BME MLCCs to be fully qualified for use in European, Asian, and American space market applications with new 0402 and 2220 case sizes.

There are now seven case sizes available. All MLCCs use AVX’s patented Flexitherm termination technology, which allows for more board flexure than standard terminations. According to the company, this provides protection against thermal and mechanical stresses both during assembly and throughout component lifetimes, and enables the safe, reliable employment of large case sizes.

Tested to the European Space Agency’s stringent 3009/041 specifications for high-reliability performance, AVX’s space-level, X7R BME MLCCs exhibit high-CV capabilities superior to standard MLCC technologies, which have been the standard for the international aerospace industry. The high-CV performance enables reductions in board space, weight, and component count that directly translate into lower launch costs in space applications, says AVX. Potential applications for the series include I/O filtering and bulk storage in the switch mode power supplies (SMPS) within space and satellite communications and launchers, military aircraft, and defence, weapons, and radar systems.

The company offers the highest CV range of any ESCC MLCC currently available on the market, up to 22μF at 25V in a 2220 case size, to allow space and military customers to safely downsize large cases in current designs to save PCB space and weight, while continuing to use large, high-CV capacitors to reduce the number of capacitors needed, explains AVX.