New Tantalum Technologies Tantalum Polymer and Niobium Oxide Capacitors

New Tantalum Technologies Tantalum Polymer and Niobium Oxide Capacitors
Written By: T.Zedníček

Abstract:
Tantalum has been a favored capacitor technology in space-limited designs and high reliability applications for a long time. Recent years have seen the emergence of one or two equivalent technologies offering many of the advantages of tantalum, such as volumetric efficiency and reliability. Two new technologies recently introduced into their commercialization phase are niobium oxide capacitors and tantalum capacitors with conductive polymer cathodes. A circuit designer trying to choose between these solid electrolyte capacitor systems has a number of trade-offs and subtleties of operation to consider. This paper reviews the main features of the two technologies, the latest electronic application needs and discusses the feasibility of the latest technology trends in tantalum, niobium oxide and polymer capacitors.
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