Comparison of Multilayer Ceramic and Tantalum Capacitors

Comparison of Multilayer Ceramic and Tantalum Capacitors
Written By: Jeffrey Cain, Ph.D.

Abstract:
Engineers now have a choice between ceramic and tantalum when it comes to selecting capacitors with values between 0.1 – 22µF. As the ceramic material technology continues to advance, more and more capacitance is realized in the same case sizes compared to previous years. This paper will examine what devices are available and the trade off of using each of the technologies. The goal of this work is to help in selecting the proper device (tantalum versus ceramic) for a specific application.
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