AVX Updates its SpiCAT Online Simulation Tool with New MLCC Product Series

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

February 20, 2020


SpiCAT simulation tool enables parametric characterization of an extensive range of part numbers, including four new, X7R MLCC series for demanding automotive, military, & space applications.

AVX Corporation launched an updated version of its user-friendly SpiCAT online simulation tool, which enables 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 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

·       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 technology in MLCC construction and processing to deliver performance with capacitance voltage capabilities compared to conventional precious-metal-electrode (PME) technologies. Qualified to industry standards including ESCC 3009ESCC 3009/034ESCC 3009/041NASA S311-P838, and MIL-PRF-32535, these X7R MLCCs support critical, board-level size, and weight reductions in size, weight, and power-sensitive (SWaP-sensitive) applications including satellites and launch vehicles.

For more information about AVX’s interactive, online SpiCAT simulation tool for multilayer ceramic, tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide capacitors and multilayer varistors, please visit https://spicat.avx.com/. For all other inquiries, please visit www.avx.com, email [email protected], follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter, like them on Facebook, call 864-967-2150, or write 

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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