Power Tip 49: Avoid these common multi-layer ceramic capacitor pitfalls

July 16, 2012 //By Robert Kollman
Power Tip 49: Avoid these common multi-layer ceramic capacitor pitfalls
Robert Kollman, Texas Instruments focuses on <span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: arial,sans-serif;"> avoiding common multi-layer ceramic capacitor pitfalls</span>.

(Editor's note: Power Tips is an ongoing series; to see a linked list of all entries from #1 to the latest one, click here)

Multi-layer ceramic (MLC) capacitors have become extremely popular in power electronics due to their small size, low equivalent series resistance (ESR), low cost, high reliability, and high ripple current capacity. Commonly, they are used in lieu of electrolytic capacitor to enhance system performance. MLC capacitors have the advantage of a high relative permittivity material (2000-3000) compared to electrolytics with relative permittivity of 10 with the aluminum-oxide insulation of an electrolytic capacitor.

Robert Kollman, a Senior Applications Manager and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Texas Instruments with more than 30 years of experience in the power electronics business offers another in a series of Power Tips. This one is on avoiding common multi-layer ceramic capacitor pitfalls. Read more here.

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