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KEMET Presents Breakthrough in Automotive Polymer Tantalum Capacitor Technology

April 7, 2014

GREENVILLE, SC -- KEMET Corporation presented its most recent product performance results for polymer tantalum capacitors developed according to the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Q200 Reliability Document at the 2014 CARTS International Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

The presentation included the results of high temperature and high humidity testing defined in the AEC Q200 document. These results demonstrate stable electrical performance levels throughout the defined test intervals and represent a breakthrough in polymer tantalum capacitor technology.

Polymer tantalum capacitors have become extremely popular in many microprocessor systems and high performance DC-to-DC converters. These capacitor types are well-suited for automotive infotainment systems but have also seen interest in more critical applications such as active safety systems.

"Due to the need for an AEC Q200 qualified component in these critical applications, the automotive industry has been unable to take advantage of the advancements that polymer tantalum capacitors offer over traditional technologies," stated Jayson Young, KEMET Product Manager. "KEMET has placed extensive development resources into fulfilling this need and has overcome harsh environmental test challenges during the product design phase. We look forward to completing the final qualification stages to meet the full requirements of the AEC Q200 document and releasing the industry's first fully-qualified automotive polymer tantalum capacitor."

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