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X5R dielectric aging

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X5R dielectric aging | 29 May, 2009

We have recently begun using X5R dielectric capacitors. Although they have a better temperature coefficient over Y5V, they age much faster (5-7% logarithmically per decade). I assume the reason for using the X5R was the availability of the capacitance value in an 0603 footprint. The specific value we ar using is not available in X7R. The main problem is when testing the parts on the ICT, they will fail out of tolerance on the low end, even after being "deaged" through the convection oven. Does anyone else have any experience with X5R on in-circuit testers or in the production process?

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X5R dielectric aging | 1 June, 2009

Reflow soldering de-ages the capacitors.

Two things may be affecting your testing. * Capacitance measurements are often erratic during testing for about 10 hours after de-aging. * Test limits should be set so that the capacitance value is within the specified tolerance at 1000 hours, because the capacitance change in the first 1000 hours [four decades of aging] is the greatest.

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