March 7, 2013

Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards in China: CeraLink™ voted passive component of the year

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TDK Corporation announces that the company’s new EPCOS CeraLink™ capacitor was selected this year’s “High-Performance Component of the Year” in China’s prestigious Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. The ACE awards are conducted by EE Times China and ESM China, two of the country’s leading electronics publications, and honor the technologies, companies and people that shape innovative electronics design in mainland China. The winners were determined in online voting by a record number of readers.

CeraLink™ is an innovative DC link capacitor for frequency converters that is based on a PLZT ceramic material (lead lanthanum zirconate titanate) and can be produced with several commonly available terminal configurations. The new capacitors offer many benefits in the stabilization and filtering of DC link circuits of power converters, especially converters for industrial and automotive electronics that use fast-switching MOSFETS or IGBTs.

The CeraLink™ covers a capacitance range from 1 µF to 100 µF with a rated voltage of 400 V DC. A further type features a rated voltage of 800 V DC and a capacitance of 5 µF. Thanks to their low ESL value of less than 4 nH as well as their low ESR of less than 4 mΩ, these new capacitors are ideally suited for applications with rapid rise times and high switching frequencies. CeraLink™ is designed for temperatures between -40 °C and +125 °C (also up to +150 °C for short periods), and is thus suitable for SiC-based power modules as well. Compared to conventional MLCCs, CeraLink™ features a positive DC bias. Another benefit of the new capacitor is the very compact dimensions. Depending on the type, they range between 6.84 x 7.85 x 2.65 mm³ and 52.5 x 30.5 x 10.5 mm³.

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK's portfolio includes electronic components, modules and systems which are marketed under the product brands TDK and EPCOS, power supplies, magnetic application products as well as energy devices, flash memory application devices, and others. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and consumer, automotive and industrial electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2012, TDK posted total sales of USD 9.9 billion and employed about 79,000 people worldwide.

About TDK-EPC Corporation

TDK-EPC Corporation, a TDK group company, is the manufacturer of TDK’s electronic components, modules and systems and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. TDK-EPC was founded on October 1, 2009 from the combination of the electronic components business of TDK and the EPCOS Group. The product portfolio includes ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, ferrites, inductors, high-frequency components such as surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter products and modules, piezo and protection components, and sensors.

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