App note: FPGA power supply considerations

App note from Vishay Siliconix, giving us tips on powering FPGAs. Link here (PDF) An FPGA is a device that offers many logic elements – up to 1 million gates in a single device at this writing – as well as other functionality such as transceivers, PLLs, and MAC units for complex processing. FPGAs are […]

App note: MELF resistors – The world’s most reliable and predictable, high-performing film resistors

App note from Vishay on why MELF resistors are so successful and has no alternative in today’s application. Link here (PDF) For more than 25 years, Vishay’s MELF resistors have successfully met the demanding requirements of the automotive industry. They offer superior SMD resistor performance in terms of accuracy, stability, reliability, and pulse load capability. […]

App note: Increasing accuracy in feedback circuits and voltage dividers with thin film chip resistor arrays

App note from Vishay on using chip resistors to achieve long-term stability. Link here (PDF) Thin film chip resistor arrays consist of several resistors of equal or different values combined in one package. During the manufacturing processes and the device’s lifecycle, all the particular resistors virtually experience identical conditions, which allow the specification of their […]

App note: Custom magnetics – What are they and when do you need them?

Consideration factors before going to custom magnetic request from manufacturer, an app note from Vishay. Link here (PDF) There are many manufacturers that claim they build custom magnetics. However, there is often confusion as to what constitutes custom magnetics and whether or not a designer actually needs them or can afford them. This article will […]

App note: How to avoid chipLEDs sticking to cover tape during automated tape-and-reel assembly

Investigative app note from Vishay on preventing too light components from sticking on the cover tape of their reel. Link here (PDF) Customers have informed Vishay that 0603 LEDs (ChipLEDs) supplied in tape and reel format sometimes stick to the PSA cover tape that is peeled off from the carrier tape during the assembly process. […]

App note: AC ripple current calculations solid tantalum capacitors

Application note from Vishay on power and voltage limitations of solid tantalum capacitors for both low and high frequency applications. Link here (PDF) Solid tantalum capacitors are preferred for filtering applications in small power supplies and DC/DC converters in a broad range of military, industrial and commercial systems including computers, telecommunications, instruments and controls and […]

App note: Power management solution – Constant Voltage (CV) pulse charging of hybrid capacitors

App note from Vishay about constant voltage (CV) pulse charging as the most cost-efficient solution to use on Hyrid capacitors. Link here (PDF) Rechargeable energy storage solutions are of high interest because of their flexibility, low maintenance requirements, and reduced cost over their life-cycle. For compact applications, classic electrolytic capacitors are environmentally friendly alternatives and […]

App note: Capacitance change with applied DC voltage

Tantalum comparison to other types of capacitors shows stable capacitance in this app note from Vishay, Link here (PDF) Tantalum capacitors in general – and Vishay’s 298D/TR8/TM8 MicroTan tantalum capacitors in particular – demonstrate very stable performance over the DC voltage (bias) applied in an application. At the same time, the majority of capacitors utilizing […]

App note: Through-Hole versus SMD components

App note from Vishay on the advantages of using Through-Hole mounting. Link here (PDF) Most electronic gadgets are designed to interface with humans, and we humans are very abusive to most electronic devices. We drop them, poke them, open and close them, and in general feed stuff into and out of them. It is well […]

App note: Thermal management in surface-mounted resistor applications

App note from Vishay on PCB thermal management specifically on components like SMD resistors, where if allowed a design change (e.g. change in SMD size or change in more heat tolarant ones) must be implemented in order to squeeze more thermal capability. Link here (PDF) Thermal management is becoming more important as the density of […]

App note: Potentiometers and trimmers

App note from Vishay on variable resistors primer. Link here (PDF) A potentiometer is a mechanically actuated variable resistor with three terminals. Two of the terminals are linked to the ends of the resistive element and the third is connected to a mobile contact moving over the resistive track. The output voltage becomes a function […]

App note: Application of leaded resistors in energy meters

App note from Vishay about energy meter circuits and the use of leaded resistors on them. Link here (PDF) An electric meter or energy meter is a device that measures the amount of electrical energy supplied to a residence or business. It is also known as (k)Wh meter. The main unit of measurement in the […]

App note: Overcurrent protection with Thin Film resistors technology

A technical note about Thin Film fuses from Vishay. Link here (PDF) Thin film technology is an established technology for high-grade passive components, which has been proved and refined over decades. Its advantages in terms of accuracy, repeatability and stability are appreciated in mass production for billions of thin film resistors every year. Chip fuses […]

App note: Solid state relays input resistor selection

SSR or solid state relays input resistor recommendation app note from Vishay. Link here (PDF) Solid state relays (SSRs) are commonly driven by TTL or buffered CMOS logic gates. These gates, when used to sink current, provide adequate drive for SSRs. An open-collector output is not required to drive the SSRs, but it can be […]

App note: The heat is on – High-power surface-mount resistors

Application notes from Vishay on effective heat dissipation for their aluminum nitride utilized resistors. Link here (PDF) The intent is to discuss a few techniques to manage the heat that is generated by high-power surface-mount resistors and the effects they will have on design space, complexity, and cost.

App note: EPIC: Electro-Pyrotechnic Initiator Chip Resistor

An application note on Vishay’s electro-pyrotechnic resistor chip made from thin film technology. Link here (PDF) In this paper we will show how the EPIC’s thin film construction is unique in providing pyrotechnic engineers with outstanding performances in terms of firing energy, firing time, reproducibility and reliability, easy set up, no fire/all fire ratio, assembly, […]

App note: Using Vishay infrared receivers in a Wi-Fi environment

2.4Ghz and 5 Ghz Wi-fi signals can sometimes affect IR receivers, here’s Vishay’s app note about them. Link here (PDF) In recent years, Wi-Fi connectivity has penetrated most consumer electronic devices used for media reproduction. New TVs, satellite receiver and cable boxes, and streaming devices are more often than not built with Wi-Fi capabilities at […]

App note: Solid state relay parallel and DC operation

Parallel two solid state relays for improved current handling and avoiding imbalance of load distribution are discussed in this an app note from Vishay. Link here (PDF) Vishay solid state relay (SSR) outputs can be wired in parallel enabling the user to benefit from lower on-resistance and higher load currents for AC/DC switching applications. This […]

App note: Solid-State Relays

Solid-state relays introduction from Vishay, Link here (PDF) MOSFET SSRs feature an optocoupler construction, but have a pair of MOSFETs on the output instead of a phototransistor. A pair of source-coupled MOSFETs emulate an electromechanical relay by providing bidirectional switch capability and a linear contact. No output power supply is required.

App note: Rectifiers for Power Factor Correction

Another Vishay’s app note about power factor correction this time about the component used and their effects. Link here (PDF) PFC devices are generally selected base on the speed of their reverse recovery time (trr). Currently for CCM (Continuous-Conduction-Mode) and CRM (Critical Conduction-Mode) PFC devices in market, rectifiers up to 600 V with trr smaller […]