SOURCE: Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

September 30, 2010 11:00 ET

Vishay Intertechnology's TM8 Series of MicroTan® High-Reliability Solid Tantalum Chip Capacitors Features Very Low DCL Down to 200 nA in Seven Compact Case Sizes

Innovative Devices Offer Established High-Reliability and Screening Options, Including Weibull Failure Rate Grading for Critical Medical and Military/Aerospace Applications

MALVERN, PA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2010) - Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today introduced the new TM8 series of high-reliability, surface-mount tantalum capacitors with very low DC leakage current (DCL) down to 200 nA.

DC leakage levels in early medical device platforms were at tolerable levels; however, lower levels are now required. By utilizing Vishay's proprietary multi-array packaging (MAP), the new TM8 devices realize significant reduction in DC leakage and better stability. Leveraging the patented MAP assembly technology, the TM8 capacitors offer a robust design for the highest possible reliability and efficiency in these applications. In addition, the devices go through rigorous processing and testing patterned after MIL-PRF-55365.

The TM8 series offers a wide range of capacitance-voltage (CV) ratings from 1 microfarad / 40 V to 47 microfarads / 10 V in seven compact case sizes. The capacitors are well suited for long-term performance in critical applications including implantable medical devices, medical instrumentation, and military/aerospace systems. Special screening and custom application-specific options are also available for the TM8 devices.

The devices released today are optimized for filtering, coupling/decoupling, DC blocking, and energy storage applications in medical devices such as pacemakers, ICD, neurological stimulators, hearing aids, and cochlear implants; medical instrumentation including patient monitoring equipment, automated drug administration systems, and imaging and diagnostic equipment; and military and aerospace hybrid microcircuit/multichip modules, smart munitions, GPS systems, sensors, and handheld portable electronic systems.

To ensure reliable, long-term performance in demanding environments, reliability level screening options include a 40-hour burn-in period at 85 deg. C or Weibull grading level B, which screens for a 0.1 % failure rate. Surge current options include option A (10 cycles at + 25 deg. C) and option B (10 cycles at - 55 / + 85 deg. C). Vishay offers a dedicated production facility with highly skilled staff to ensure quality in all phases of production.

The capacitors' compact L, M, N, P, R, T, and W case codes are ideal for space-constrained portable/implantable applications, while their low DCL ensures efficient operation and extended battery life. The TM8's L-shaped terminations allow for superior board mounting and visual inspection (or automated optical inspection) of the solder fillet in the end user's production.

The RoHS-compliant devices feature an operating temperature of - 55 to + 85 deg. C, + 125 deg. C with voltage derating, over a voltage range of 2 WVDC to 40 WVDC.

Offered in tape-and-reel packaging per EIA-481-1, samples and production quantities of the TM8 capacitors are available now, with lead times of 10 weeks for larger orders. Follow Vishay solutions for hi-rel applications at

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1,000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, power supplies, and medical markets. Vishay's product innovations, successful acquisition strategy, and "one-stop shop" service have made it a global industry leader. Vishay can be found on the Internet at

Link to datasheet: (TM8)

Link to product photo: