January 2013

Multilayer ceramic chip capacitors

High reliability MLCCs for automotive applications in a 0603 (EIA 0201) package

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  • Compact 0603 X7R MLCC series, including the world's first 50 V type*
  • Qualified to AEC-Q200

TDK Corporation presents the new CGA1 series of 0603 (EIA 0201) MLCCs 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.

* As of January 2013, according to TDK investigations

Main applications

  • Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), remote keyless entry systems (RKE),
    in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI), and various kinds of sensor systems, etc.

Main features and benefits

  • 0603 size X7R series including world’s first 50 V type
  • Compact size enables high-density mounting
  • Qualified to AEC-Q200

Key data

Type

Dimensions

[mm]

Rated voltage

[V]

Capacitance

[nF]

Temperature
characteristics

CGA1 series 0.6 x 0.3 x 0.3 6.3 to 500.1 to 10 X7R
-55°C to +125°C

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