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High Reliability MLCCs For Automotive Applications In A 0603 (EIA 0201) Package

The CGA1 series of 0603 (EIA 0201) MLCCs from TDK Corp. presents t for use in automotive electronics applications. With dimensions of only 0.6 x 0.3 x 0.3 mm³, the new components offer rated voltages from 6.3 V to 50 V, thus including the world's first 0603 X7R MLCC with a rated voltage of 50 V. The 0603 package is the smallest used by the automotive industry.

The new high reliability component is designed for operating temperatures up to 125 °C and is qualified to AEC-Q200. With their compact dimensions, the capacitors were developed to meet the demanding size and weight requirements that are vital for automotive applications. The products are available with X7R temperature characteristics. Special customer requirements (such as a temperature rating up to 150 °C) can be met upon request. Mass production started in January 2013.

MLCCs are among the key electronic components driving progress in automotive electronics, and TDK is the industry leader in the area of MLCCs for automotive applications. The use of new high reliability dielectric materials optimized with fine-grain technology enabled the successful development and mass production of the new series, thus contributing toward more compact, lightweight, and multifunctional automotive units. Typical applications for the TDK CGA1 series include tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), remote keyless entry systems (RKE), in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI), and various kinds of sensor systems. 

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