GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the TAZ HRC5000 Medical Grade Tantalum Series. Designed for use in implantable medical devices, the new high-reliability, medical-grade tantalum capacitor series is rated for 4V to 50V and -55ºC to +125ºC, has a capacitance range of 0.1µF to 330µF, and features extremely low DC leakage limits well below typical industry values. Available in case sizes ranging from A-H, the TAZ HRC5000 Medical Grade Tantalum Series capacitors are also some of the smallest tantalum chip capacitors currently on the market.

"AVX is continually engaged in engineering new solutions based both on customer feedback and the anticipation of our customers' ever-evolving needs, a practice that has led to our longstanding status as the leading global manufacturer of tantalum capacitors for high-reliability implantable medical devices, among several others. The TAZ HRC5000 Series, with its new industry-leading DC leakage standards, application-driven performance specifications, and variety of customization options is just one example of our continuous and highly targeted development efforts," said Allen Mayar, Tantalum product marketing manager at AVX.

The TAZ HRC5000 Series is available with several customization options to better suit individual medical and other high-reliability/low-leakage tantalum applications. These include custom DC leakage limits, various plating materials (tin/lead solder, 100% tin, or gold), and standard and low ESR variations, in addition to two reliability verification procedures: Weibull grading and surge current testing per MIL-PRF-55365. The series is also available in bulk, tape and reel, and waffle packaging.

TAZ HRC5000 Medical Grade Tantalum Series parts are manufactured and tested at AVX's ISO 13485-certified, high-reliability tantalum manufacturing facility in Biddeford, Maine. Current lead time for the series is 12 weeks. For pricing information, please contact Allen Mayar, Tantalum product marketing manager at AVX, allen.mayar@avx.com or 864-228-4540.

For additional information and inquiries, please visit www.avx.com

About AVX

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 26 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).

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CONTACT: For more information, contact: Brian Brunette Applications Engineer, AVX 207-286-2181 Brunette@avxtantalum.com Callie Baldwin Corporate Communications Director, AVX 864-967-9375 callie.baldwin@avx.comSource:AVX Corporation