Issue: Jun 2011


KEMET Introduces High Voltage Ceramic Capacitors for the Automotive Industry



by John Knox

KEMET Corporation, a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, today announced its new Automotive Grade High Voltage Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors. Qualified to the Automotive Electronics Council's AEC-Q200 standard, these surface mount capacitors are available in X7R and C0G dielectrics from 500VDC to 3000VDC.

"KEMET is the first manufacturer to offer a complete range of Automotive Grade High Voltage Ceramic Capacitors," said Bill Sloka, Specialty Product Manager. "These components are ideal for high growth segments within the automotive market such as electric and hybrid vehicles, charging stations for plug-in vehicles as well as vehicle lighting applications."

Whether under-hood or in-cabin, KEMET High Voltage Automotive Grade parts emphasize the vital and robust nature of capacitors required for mission and safety critical automotive circuits. Stricter testing protocols and inspection criteria are applied to these products to ensure reliability in potentially harsh environmental conditions. KEMET Automotive Grade capacitors meet all AEC-Q200 qualification requirements and are manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO/TS 16949:2002 certified facilities.

The High Voltage AEC-Q200 X7R dielectric is also available with the option of KEMET's Flexible Termination System (FT-CAP). Designed to reduce ceramic chip failures, this technology directs circuit board stress away from the ceramic body and into the termination area, therefore lowering the risk of mechanical damage to the component that can result in low IR or short circuit failures.

Technical Information

Voltage: 500VDC-3000VDC
Case Sizes: 0805-2225
Capacitance: 10pF-0.27microF
Dielectrics: X7R, C0G
Qualification: AEC-Q200 Automotive
Termination: 100% Sn standard
Options: Flexible Termination System (X7R only)

About KEMET

KEMET's common stock is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "KEM." At the Investor Relations section of our web site at http://www.KEMET.com/IR, users may subscribe to KEMET news releases and find additional information about our Company. KEMET applies world class service and quality to deliver industry leading, high performance capacitance solutions to its customers around the world and offers the world's most complete line of surface mount and through-hole capacitor technologies across tantalum, ceramic, film, aluminum, electrolytic, and paper dielectrics. Additional information about KEMET can be found at http://www.kemet.com.

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