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AVX has released a new version of its SpiCalci simulation software, an engineering tool that calculates performance characteristics and parameters of switch-mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors. SpiCalci 9.0 helps design engineers to identify and select the best SMPS capacitor solutions for applications in the military, aerospace, space, automotive, alternative energy, motor drive, oil and gas, power inversion and conversion and supply industries.

Featuring enhanced part selection and including nearly all of the new SMPS devices that AVX has introduced over the past two years, many of which are sole sourced, SpiCalci 9.0 allows engineers to input raw data and generate output information and graphs that will help them choose which of AVX’s advanced multilayer ceramic (MLC) SMPS capacitors will best satisfy their application criteria.

SpiCalci 9.0 users can input and select a variety of raw data, including part type, case size, voltage, dielectric, capacitance, tolerance, ambient temperature (°C), temperature rise (°C) and operating frequency (kHz) for catalogue, military and aerospace parts. Output data is provided in two categories: ‘Specifications for this Design’ and ‘Specifications Varying with Temperature’.

Available free of charge, SpiCalci 9.0 is now packaged using Install Shield, which facilitates installation on Windows 7 operating systems, Windows 8 operating systems and, for the first time, 64-bit operating systems.

New additions to the SpiCalci 9.0 product catalogue

  • 25V ST10 and RT10 series Mini-TurboCap small-footprint, high-CV SMPS capacitors
  • 1,500V, 2,000V and 3,000V C0G dielectric and 50V to 3,000V VHT (X7R) dielectric SXP series moulded, radial-leaded SMPS multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs)
  • N1500 dielectric SV series high-voltage, radial-leaded MLCCs
  • 25V C0G and 50V to 500V VHT (X7R) dielectric SMX series stacked SMPS MLCCs for high-temperature applications up to 200°C
  • Unencapsulated (PSO1 style), 25V, BX (X7R) dielectric SM series T-Level MIL-PRF-49470 stacked SMPS MLCCs in case sizes 1-6
  • Encapsulated and unencapsulated (PS01 and PS02 style) 100V, 200V and 500V BP (C0G/NP0) dielectric T-Level MIL-PRF-49470 SM series stacked SMPS MLCCs in case sizes 3-5

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 24 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).

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