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Vishay’s New TF3 TANTAMOUNT® Low-ESR Solid Tantalum Chip Capacitors in Three Molded Case Sizes Feature Built-In Fuse for Safety-Critical Applications
MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA — Jan. 27, 2010 — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced a new series of TANTAMOUNT® low-ESR solid tantalum chip capacitors with a built-in fuse. Offered in three molded case sizes, the TF3 series is designed to provide a very high level of protection against short circuits in safety-critical applications.
TF3 series devices feature an internal electronic fusing mechanism that activates within 0.1 second with a minimum of 5 A applied at + 25 °C. In the event of a failure due to excessive current flow, this fusing prevents damage to circuit components.
With their low ESR down to 0.25 Ω at + 25 °C and 100 kHz, the capacitors are optimized for high-current applications (> 10 A) requiring this level of safety, including industrial applications, medical instrumentation, diagnostic and control equipment, high-end computing and data storage, and telecom base stations.
The TF3 devices offer a capacitance range of 0.47 μF to 470 μF in the C, D, and E case codes. The capacitors provide a high ripple current carrying capability and feature a voltage range from 4 V to 50 V over an operating temperature range of - 55 °C to + 125 °C.
Compatible with high-volume automatic pick-and-place equipment, the TF3 series features standard RoHS-compliant tin terminations, with Sn/Pb terminations available. The devices are 100 % surge current tested and meet EIA 535BAAC requirements.
Samples and production quantities of the new low-ESR TF3 solid tantalum chip capacitors are available now, with lead times of 6 to 8 weeks for larger orders.
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers
of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic components (resistors, inductors,
and capacitors). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial,
computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, power supplies, and medical markets. Vishay’s product
innovations, successful acquisition strategy, and "one-stop shop" service have made it a global industry leader. Vishay can
be found on the Internet at www.vishay.com.
Tantamount is a registered trademark of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.