Smoke on the Horizon... oh s**t!

From: Paul Koning <>
Date: Tue Feb 17 16:52:20 2004

>>>>> "Tom" == Tom Jennings <> writes:

 Tom> Big, huge, gargantuan, monster arrays of dipped silver mica
 Tom> caps? Seriously, I think you just have to change them often,
 Tom> eg. decadely.

Actually, at least in switching power supplies, ceramic capacitors are
now a good option. You can get ceramics of several hundred
microfarad, and they are quite small. More expensive than tantalum, I
expect, but more reliable. And if they do fail, they normally fail
open, not shorted as electrolytics do.

Received on Tue Feb 17 2004 - 16:52:20 GMT

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