Interactive Online Simulation tool allows rapid identification of capacitor solutions that are ideally suited to your individual application requirements
To create your design, you may need experimenting with or comparing various design solutions. In order to help designers reduce the steps for adapting their design to the optimum components for a specific application, AVX Corporation has launched the new SpiCAT online simulation tool.
The new software supports customers’ design programs by providing quick, easy, and accurate parametric characterization for an extensive range of surface-mount MLCC, tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide capacitors, the company said.
The new SpiCAT simulation software offers access to two separate portals — SpiMLCC and SpiTAN, which supersede SpiCap III and SpiTan IV — that provide electrical and performance characteristics by frequency and temperature for an extensive range of multilayer ceramic or tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide surface-mount capacitors.
AVX said that the new software also simplifies capacitor selection, grouping different product series by common application features, and allows design engineers to review electrical characteristics for individual part numbers with respect to temperature and frequency to support quick, easy, and accurate parametric characterization and the rapid identification of capacitor solutions that are ideally suited to their individual application requirements.
According to the announcement, the updated software also offers enhanced functionality. Once a part has been selected, interactive graphs allow users to identify the effect that modified frequencies and temperatures have on parameters including capacitance, equivalent series resistance (ESR), dissipation factor (DF), impedance, ripple voltage, and ripple current.
The program also allows users to input application voltage and temperature information to chart direct current leakage (DCL) over time, provides an equivalent circuit diagram with characteristics for each parameter.
Other new features allow users to download 3D models of each case size, print out graphs and parameters for selected part numbers, and check inventory in distributor stock.
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