Technical Articles / Whitepapers

Charge Control Methods for SuperCapacitors: Methods to Protect Power Sources from Damage Due to High Current Demands of SuperCapacitors

Charge Control Methods for SuperCapacitors: Methods to Protect Power Sources from Damage Due to High Current Demands of SuperCapacitors

Charge Control Methods for SuperCapacitors: Methods to Protect Power Sources from Damage Due to High Current Demands of SuperCapacitors Written By: Ron Demcko | Joe Hock | Ashley Stanziola | Daniel West Abstract: Circuit designs exploiting the increased energy storage provided by supercapacitors, requires careful consideration of the increased power handling, than that of batteries, when charging these devices. The unique composition of electrochemical double-layer capacitors (EDLC) inherently allows them to withstand large currents. Table 1 below is a brief list of AVX cylindrical (SCC) and series-connected module (SCM) SuperCapacitors, displaying peak current supply and sink current capability. These maximum specifications will typically exceed current capability of charge sources, and lead to failures within the power supply system. Supercapacitors have

Equivalent Circuit Model for Tantalum and Niobium Oxide Capacitors for use in Simulation Software

Equivalent Circuit Model for Tantalum and Niobium Oxide Capacitors for use in Simulation Software

Equivalent Circuit Model for Tantalum and Niobium Oxide Capacitors for use in Simulation Software Written By: J. Pelcak Abstract: In electrical circuit simulations with simulation software, ideal passive components (resistors, capacitors, inductors) are typically used because real component characteristics have been difficult to model. Unfortunately, ideal and real passive components have significant differences in their electrical behavior. These differences lead to discrepancies between actual hardware performance and expected results based upon simulation software programs. This paper will describe the development of equivalent circuit diagram for modeling real capacitor behavior. Use of this real model in simulation software can help make circuit development more efficient, as the circuits in the simulations should have similar behavior to the actual circuits. The model

How to Choose the Correct Accu-Guard Fuse for Circuit Protection

How to Choose the Correct Accu-Guard Fuse for Circuit Protection

How to Choose the Correct Accu-Guard Fuse for Circuit Protection Written By: Irina Daynov | Barry Breen Abstract: The ACCU-GUARD is designed to meet the need of electronic circuits for a small, accurate surface mount fuse. This article presents design guidelines for achieving optimal protection of circuits with ACCU-GUARD. All major parameters are described including operating temperature, circuit voltage, fault current, steady state current and current pulses (Joule integral).

Bluetooth and Antenna Matching

Bluetooth and Antenna Matching

Bluetooth and Antenna Matching Written By: Ron Demcko Abstract: Antenna matching is an important aspect of any RF system. A properly designed and matched antenna increases the operating distance of the wireless product. Well matched antennas can transmit more power from the radio – therefore transmit over longer distances. Likewise, a well matched antenna allows the maximum transfer of energy from the receiving antenna to the receiver front end. Thus, allowing better receive characteristics for the system. Antenna matching becomes critical as antennas are reduced in size and placed in small modules that can experience wide temperature ranges and potentially have foreign objects in proximity. This paper discusses one class of intermediate Q capacitors used for SMT antenna matching

Conductivity Mechanisms and Breakdown Characteristics of Niobium Oxide Capacitors

Conductivity Mechanisms and Breakdown Characteristics of Niobium Oxide Capacitors

Conductivity Mechanisms and Breakdown Characteristics of Niobium Oxide Capacitors Written By: J. Sikula | J. Hlavka | V. Sedlakova | L. Grmela | P. Hoeschl | T. Zednicek | Z. Sita Abstract: Niobium Oxide capacitor, has already found its place in the market as a cost effective and reliable non-burning component. The study of conductivity mechanisms has been done to prove its excellent stability, reliability and non-burning performance. Set of electrical measurements as VA characteristics in forward and reverse mode, frequency characteristics of capacitance, temperature or time dependence of basic parameters together with measurements of basic physical parameters enabled to propose the theoretical model of NbO – Nb2O5 – MnO2 system. NbO Capacitor shows identical conductivity mechanism as tantalum capacitor,

AVX Staticguard Performance Comparison to SOT-23 SMT Diodes

AVX Staticguard Performance Comparison to SOT-23 SMT Diodes

AVX Staticguard Performance Comparison to SOT-23 SMT Diodes Written By: Ron Demcko Abstract: AVX StaticGuard is designed to provide transient protection for MSI to VLSI CMOS circuitry. This article presents performance characteristics of low energy MLV transient voltage suppressors relative to low energy silicon diodes. All major parameters are described, including leakage current, clamping voltage, capacitance, peak current and repetitive strike performance. AVX StaticGuard is shown to have superior performance to SOT 23 diodes in transient suppression applications.

Basic Guidelines of Conductive Polymer Capacitors

Basic Guidelines of Conductive Polymer Capacitors

Basic Guidelines of Conductive Polymer Capacitors Written By: S. Zedníček | J.Petržílek | P.Vanšura | M.Weaver | C.Reynolds Abstract: Conductive Polymer Capacitors are relatively new solid electrolytic capacitor technology on the market. The range of application is growing also due to their low ESR and safe operational characteristics. The paper addresses frequently asked questions about construction, parametric performance, product life, product specifications, recommendations and applications.

Using High-Directivity Couplers in Isolatorless Cellular Phone PA Control

Using High-Directivity Couplers in Isolatorless Cellular Phone PA Control

Using High-Directivity Couplers in Isolatorless Cellular Phone PA Control Written By: Avital Yaish Abstract: This article outlines the use of High-Directivity Couplers in Cellular handsets. Benefits can include increased talk-time, minimized insertion loss between the PA and the antenna and can also remove the need for an isolator. A version of this article was previously published in RF Design, April 2006.

AVX EMI Solutions

AVX EMI Solutions

AVX EMI Solutions Written By: Ron Demcko | Chris Mello | Brian Ward Abstract: EMC compatibility is becoming a key design parameter for a most designers of electronic systems. This paper compares the efficiency and effectiveness of various EMI filter options available to designers. Integrated Thick Film LC T filters are shown to be a cost effective method to improve board level EMC performance while shrinking system design size and keeping costs minimized. A general recap of EMI sources is given as well as a brief recap of PCB layout and optimization rules.