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Type Title Description
Application Presentation: Decoupling Capacitors Requirements
  • High speed circuit requirements
  • Use of multiple type capacitors (cap bank) to meet impedance targets
  • Real world capacitors types-typical ESL values
  • Reverse geometry MLCCs
  • Comparisons of ESL values
  • Low ESL 0.01uF to 560uF capacitors
  • Low ESL solid polymer capacitors
  • Noise suppression comparison up to 1Ghz
Automotive Grade Products
  • Product Offering
  • Capacitors (MLCCs & Alum Ecaps)
  • Inductors (SMT Metal Composite)
  • Resistors (Thin Film, Thick Film & Arrays)
  • EMI Suppression
  • Common Mode Chokes
Gas Discharge Tubes
  • Construction and Characteristics of GDTs
  • Performance Ratings
  • Selection of GDT for Application
  • Applications when NOT to use GDTs
  • Comparison of Protective Devices 
Safety Fuses
  • Product Selection & Comparison Guideline
  • Fuse rating selection and comparison guide
  • Derating guidelines; general use, over temperature and under pulse current conditions
  • Detailed benchmark comparison to competitor product, documents NIC NFVC series
  • advantage in Wire In Air (WIA) construction
Voltage Coefficient
Comparisons & Solutions
  • Review and comparison of typical voltage coefficient of High Capacitance value MLCCs (X7R, X5R & Y5V) capacitors as compare to electrolytic and film capacitors.
Piezoelectric Noise:  MLCC Ringing ‐ Singing Possible solutions for reducing or eliminating MLCC ringing – singing issues
Ripple Voltage & ESR Powering Integrated Circuits (ICs), and managing ripple voltage as it relates to ESR of capacitors
Hybrid Construction  
Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors
Hybrid Construction Advantages vs other capacitor technologies
Extended Lifetime Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors Component technology comparisons, application review and competition review
Capacitor Review 
  • Review of capacitor types
  • Technology comparison
  • Material cost impact
  • Alternates & replacement products
Double Layer Capacitors Guideline
  • Selection Guide
  • Construction & Characteristics Terms
  • Precautions for Use
  • Lifetime &  Temperature Characteristics
  • Circuit use - Applications
  • Discharge Characteristics
Double Layer Capacitor Use in Green Power - Smart Meter Applications
  • Smart Meter use
  • AC, DC & Solar circuits
  • Construction – Types
  • Ranges – Sizes Offered
Soft Terminal MLCC Capacitors
  • MLCC Benefits & Weaknesses
  • Cracking Failure Modes
  • Soft Terminal Solution
  • Soft Terminal (NMC-P) Offering
Selection & Precautions for use of Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors for LED Lighting Applications
  • LED Lighting Requirements
  • Capacitor Lifetime Ratings & Theory
  • Component Selection
  • Failure Modes and Precautions
Thick Film SMT Resistor Arrays: Convex to Concave Style Comparison  Size: 0.19Mb
Low ESR Electrolytic Capacitors Size: 0.90Mb
Alternates to Tantalum Chip Capacitors  Size: 0.91Mb
Low ESR capacitors for Low Voltage-High Current Designs Size: 0.88Mb
Space Saving Solutions for High Density Designs Size: 1.19Mb
Aluminum electrolytic capacitor product training  Size: 9.16Mb
Ceramic capacitor product training Size: 1.63Mb
Passive Components Size: 2.90Mb
Yes, NIC offers RoHS and Pb-Free (Lead-Free) versions of it's products. NIC is migrating to RoHS versions as standard (inventoried) format by March 2005.
ESR is an abbreviation for Equivalent Series Resistance, the characteristic representing the sum of resistive (ohmic) losses within a capacitor. While ESR is undesirable, all capacitors exhibit it to some degree. Materials and construction techniques used to produce the capacitor all contribute to the component's ESR value. ESR is a frequency dependent characteristic, so comparison between component types should be referenced to same frequency. Industry standard reference for ESR is 100kHz at +25°C. Power dissipation within the capacitor, and the effectiveness of the capacitor's noise suppression characteristics will be related directly to the ESR value.
E-Cap is an abbreviation for Electrolytic Capacitor. Electrolytic capacitors include Aluminum E-Caps (SMT and Leaded Types) and Tantalum E-Caps (link). E-Caps feature high capacitance value in relatively small component sizes. All E-Caps are polarized with anode (+) and cathode (-) terminals.
These terms essentially refer to the same thing... All of these terms (when applied to aluminum electrolytic capacitors) refer to the electrolyte composition. The use of a solid (polymer - organic semiconductor) electrolyte (in place of a more common liquid electrolyte) in aluminum electrolytic capacitors, results in improvements of greatly reduced ESR, higher ripple current ratings and extended operational life.
These terms (when applied to aluminum electrolytic capacitors) refer to the electrolyte type composition. The electrolyte acts as an electrical connection between the (-) cathode and the dielectric. Different forms (liquid - hybrid - solid) electrolytes have been developed over the years. Each type has benefits (PROS) and undesirable (CONS) characteristics. Development of better electrolytes has primarily focused on reducing the ESR and increasing the ripple current rating, by using higher conductivity materials. Improving the capacitor's electrical characteristics over temperature (specifically at low temperature) and extending operational life have also been driving R&D in electrolyte development.
Standard tantalum electrolytic capacitors have a cathode of MnO2 (Manganese Oxide). Recently developed polymer type tantalum electrolytic capacitors have the MnO2 cathode replaced by a highly conductive polymer (polypyrrole). Polymer cathode tantalum electrolytic capacitors feature reduced ESR, higher ripple current ratings and suppression of combustion (improved safety factor) as compared to MnO2 cathode types.
By integrating design, raw materials and production expertise, NIC has established itself as a leader in passive component technology with over 250 standard series available today and over 34 years experience in passive component industry
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NIC uses industry standard 4 digit (YYWW) date code system ("0116" = 16th week of year 2001) on the majority of our products. Date code can be found on either the component packaging (reel or box) label or printed on the component itself. In the case of leaded aluminum electrolytic capacitors, the date code appears on the component sleeve.
Recommended storage conditions:
  • Indoors
  • Temperature: +5°C ~ +35°C (41°F ~ 95°F)
  • Relative humidity: 40 to 75%
  • Conditions outside these limits may adversely effect the packaging materials and/or the components’ solderability characteristics
Yes, NIC has ISO-9001:2000 certification from UL-Underwriters Laboratories Inc.