Capacitors, Design Tools, Electronic Materials, Embedded Systems, Passive Components, Software, Software Simulation
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced a new web-based simulation tool for its tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide capacitors. Featuring data mined from the libraries of AVX’s previous PSpice Models and S-Parameters S2P software, which, now redundant, have been removed from the website, the new, interactive SpiTAN IV software provides design engineers with a user-friendly program for reviewing critical electrical and performance characteristics for individual part numbers by temperature and frequency, allowing them to identify and accurately select the optimum capacitors for their applications. Searchable by part number or product type — the list of which currently includes: low profile, high CV, low ESR, polymer, niobium oxide, and high reliability capacitors — results can be refined by capacitance, rated voltage, case size, and ESR.
Once a part is selected for further investigation, users can easily manipulate frequency and temperature on interactive graphs to access part-specific electrical and performance data over frequency, including: capacitance, ESR, DF, impedance, ripple voltage, and ripple current. The program also allows users to input application voltage and temperature information to chart DCL over time, as well as provides an equivalent circuit diagram with characteristics for each parameter. Additionally, the new SpiTAN IV software provides users with the ability to print charts and download both serial and SHUNT S-parameters with a single click.
“The new SpiTAN IV online simulation software provides engineers with an easy way to investigate capacitor characteristics critical to designing-in the optimum component for a specific application,” said Mitch Weaver, member of the technical staff at AVX. “Thanks to its interactive capabilities, its wide range of tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide capacitor part numbers, and its continual updates and constant availability, SpiTAN IV delivers all of the criteria necessary to ensure rapid and reliable capacitor design-ins.”