Finding shorts in boards

From: Paul Koning <>
Date: Wed Dec 1 16:32:02 2004

>>>>> "Steve" == Steve Thatcher <> writes:

 Steve> the biggest culprit when it comes to older electronics is the
 Steve> good old tantalum cap. I have seen these be a little
 Steve> resistive, dead shorts, etc.

...and sometimes the assembly shop installs them backwards, which
produces startling results -- often with quite a delay.

I recently found out that there exist tantalum caps with builtin fuses
-- the idea is that if they short out, the fuse blows and the system
keeps going. If you have a whole pile of them as bypass caps, that's
a good approach.

Received on Wed Dec 01 2004 - 16:32:02 GMT

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