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In addition, the line has been certified by international safety standard IEC-60384-14 (VDE in Germany, SEMKO in Sweden, and ESTI Switzerland) for power supply primary circuits. According to the company, this is the first SMD X2-rated product to achieve 56 nF capacitance as a monolithic ceramic capacitor. In attaining this, Murata also reduced the cost by 15% over the previous design by replacing precious metals used for electrodes with base metals. As such, the series enables a total unit volume reduction by 10% when replacing the typical choice of film capacitors for power supply primary circuits. All of these features combined make the GB Series ideal for small and low-profile applications, such as ac/dc power supply adaptors for note-size PCs and netbooks.
Safety standards are required for capacitors used in power supply primary circuits because of the risk of exposure to high-voltage surges. Historically, film capacitors used for this application were large and not heat resistant. The market trend for smaller electronic equipment created demands for miniaturized capacitors within these circuits. Since 1993, Murata has met these demands by continuously modifying its safety capacitor series so that they are smaller than film capacitors. In addition, replacing precious metals (such as palladium or silver) used for electrodes with base metals (like nickel) reduces production costs. The range of capacitance has increased from 10-33 nF upward to 56 nF to meet the need for higher capacitance.
“At Murata, we continually push the envelope in order to deliver the most advanced, miniaturized products available on the market,” said Mark Waugh, senior product manager. “This announcement not only underscores that commitment, but also demonstrates that we can take an already great product and make it even better.”
Additional details are available at www.murata.com.