Murata Sets New Benchmarks in Compactness & Capacitance with Latest Automotive-Grade MLCCs

20/05/2020

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Chairman of the Board and President:
Tsuneo Murata

Hoofddorp, Netherlands: Murata has now begun volume production of two new multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Each of these components exhibits low levels of equivalent series inductance (ESL) and is targeted at automotive implementation. Supplied in a 0402 format (with 1.0 mm x 0.5 mm dimensions) and providing a 1 µF capacitance, the NFM15HC105D0G3 is the world's smallest three-terminal low-ESL MLCC. This is complemented by the NFM18HC106D0G3, which has a 10 µF capacitance, making it the highest capacity three-terminal low-ESL MLCC in a 0603 (1.6 mm x 0.8 mm) form factor.

The amount of electronic content being incorporated into automobile designs is rising dramatically, as advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) implementations become more commonplace and higher levels of vehicle autonomy start to develop. This is resulting in the utilization of a greater number of electronic control units (ECUs) and the ramping up of processing resources which in turn need next-generation MLCCs to accompany them. These components must combine elevated capacitance figures and superior ESL characteristics with compact size and strong reliability, so that both performance demands and board space limitations can be met accordingly.

The new MLCCs utilize Murata's own proprietary thin-layer technology, as well the company’s expertise in high-precision lamination and advanced electrode construction. As a consequence, the NFM15HC105D0G3 occupies a volume that is as much as 60% smaller than competing MLCCs on the market. Likewise, the NFM18HC106D0G3 has a capacitance that is approximately ten times higher than many MLCCs of a similar size. Fully compliant with AEC-Q200 standards, these components support an -55°C to +125°C operational temperature range. Both have a 2 A current rating.

Main specifications

Product name NFM15HC105D0G3 NFM18HC106D0G3
Size (L x W x T) 1.0mm×0.5mm×0.4mm 1.6mm×0.8mm×1.25mm
Capacitance 1µF 10µF
Capacitance tolerance ±20% ±20%
Usage temperature range -55~+125°C -55~+125°C
Rated voltage 4Vdc 4Vdc
Other AEC-Q200*2 compliant AEC-Q200*2 compliant
*2 Industry standard for passive components (capacitors, inductors, etc.) set by the Automobile Electronics Council

Murata in Brief

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at www.murata.com