Vishay Intertechnology has extended its MCW AT Professional family of wide terminal thin film chip resistors by supplementing the existing MCW 0406 AT line with an additional case size for power handling of up to 1W. For power electronics in industrial and automotive applications, the MCW 0612 AT Professional devices provide high power dissipation, high-temperature performance, and renowned long-term thin film stability.
Offering up to four times higher power dissipation when compared to standard resistors in the 1206 footprint, the devices released today significantly lower costs by replacing multiple resistors of the same size or larger devices with equivalent power ratings. Furthermore, the wide terminal contact geometry of the MCW 0612 AT Professional series allows for superior robustness against thermal cycling. In addition, the resistors offer high operating temperatures to +175°C for 1,000 hours and advanced sulfur resistance as verified according to ASTM B 809 by exposure to sulfur vapor at +90°C and 80 to 90% relative humidity for 42 days.
These specifications allow designers to use MCW 0612 AT Professional series resistors in harsh and high-temperature environments without compromising power rating or electrical performance, as well as to comply with today's requirements for miniaturisation. The devices are equally effective whether the application requires their full power capability or only a fraction of the nominal rated dissipation in order to gain improved stability. The resistors feature TCR down to ±25ppm/K, tolerance to ±0.5%, and a resistance range from 10Ω to 100kΩ.
The MCW 0612 AT Professional series is the perfect choice for most fields of modern professional power electronics in which power dissipation, reliability, stability, and robust design are major concerns. Typical applications will include power measurement and control in lighting, inverters for EVs and HEVs, engine control units, gear box controls, and braking and steering systems. For automotive applications, the resistors are qualified according to AEC-Q200.
Samples and production quantities of the MCW 0612 AT Professional series are available now, with lead times of 8-10 weeks for large orders.