AVX Updates Online Simulation Tool with New MLCC Products

February 19, 2020 by Paul Shepard

AVX Corporation has launched an updated version of its user-friendly SpiCAT online simulation tool, which enables the quick, easy, and accurate parametric characterization of an extensive range of multilayer ceramic, tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide surface-mount capacitors, as well as multilayer varistors.

The interactive online tool groups various product series by common application features to simplify, ease, and hasten the capacitor selection process and allows design engineers to review the electrical characteristics for individual part numbers with respect to temperature and frequency to ensure optimal application-specific selections. The latest SpiCAT update features four new high-reliability, X7R-dielectric multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) product series engineered for use in demanding automotive, military, and space applications.

MLCC products new to the SpiCAT simulation software include AVX’s FLEXISAFE Automotive X7R MLCCs, ESCC-Approved X7R BME Space MLCCs, NASA-Approved X7R BME Space MLCCs, and military- and space-level MIL-PRF-32535 X7R BME MLCCs.

FLEXISAFE MLCCs are engineered for safety-critical applications, including those in the automotive industry, and are rated for up to 100V and capacitance values extending from 1nF to 470nF. They employ AVX’s award-winning FLEXITERM™ layer, which protects ceramic components from mechanical stress damage resulting from PCB assembly or harsh-environment operation, as well as a cascade electrode design that protects them from low insulation resistance failures resulting from thermal stress, repetitive ESD strikes, and placement damage.

AVX’s innovative, surface-mount, base-metal-electrode (BME) MLCCs utilize leading-edge technology in MLCC construction and processing to deliver high-reliability performance with superior capacitance voltage capabilities compared to conventional precious-metal-electrode (PME) technologies.

Qualified to rigorous industry standards including ESCC 3009, ESCC 3009/034, ESCC 3009/041, NASA S311-P838, and MIL-PRF-32535, these high-reliability X7R MLCCs support critical, board-level size and weight reductions in size-, weight-, and power-sensitive (SWaP-sensitive) applications including satellites and launch vehicles.

“AVX strives to provide both the best possible component solutions for an extensive array of high-tech electronics applications, as well as the most effective customer support spanning component selection through design-in and even eventual maintenance and replacement. The latest update of our user-friendly SpiCAT simulation software, which featured the addition of several high-reliability X7R MLCC product lines, is just the latest example of these continued efforts,” said Neil Smyth, product marketing director, AVX.

“Our newly updated SpiCAT software will better support customers’ design processes by providing quick, easy, and accurate parametric characterization for an even more extensive range of surface-mount MLCC, tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide capacitors and multilayer varistors,” Smyth added.

More information about AVX’s interactive, online SpiCAT simulation tool for multilayer ceramic, tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide capacitors and multilayer varistors is available here.