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Monolithic ceramic capacitors

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Charles Jean, Aug 10, 2004.

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  1. Charles Jean

    Charles Jean Guest

    I'm getting ready to order some capacitors in the range of 1pF to 1uF
    and see that both regular ceramic and monolithic ceramic capacitors
    are available in the same capacitance, voltage, temp coefficient,
    price range. What's the difference in a regular ceramic and
    monolithic ceramic capacitor? Why would you use one over the other?


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  2. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    The monolythics are smaller in outline, but thicker. They're in those
    cute little rectangular packages, with leads on multiples of .1" centers.

    Personally, I use them because they're cool - especially when you find
    a bin with about 10,000x blue .1's in a liquidation lot. ;-)

    Realistically, though, I'd think they'd be slightly more rugged, just
    because of the lower profile. And they might be better at despiking
    because the lead goes to more than one plate in the cap, ergo, less
    effective series inductance (I think. ;-) )

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