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AVX ANNOUNCES HERMETICALLY SEALED SMD TANTALUM CAPACITOR SERIES WITH HIGHEST TEMPERATURE RATING (230 DEGREES C)

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GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has announced the new THH 230ºC Hermetic Series high temperature SMD tantalum capacitors. Encased in hermetically sealed ceramic packages, the THH Series features a broad range of capacitance values, the highest rated temperature range of any SMD tantalum capacitor series available on the market (-55ºC to +230ºC), excellent volumetric efficiency, and an extended minimum lifetime of 1,000 hours. THH Series tantalum capacitors also exhibit superior stability in high temperature, humid, and ambient atmosphere environments and are impervious to the capacitance drop common to high temperature operation, enabling significant size reductions, lower components counts, and reliability improvements in high temperature applications such as down-hole oil drilling.

"The high temperature capabilities and excellent volumetric efficiency of the new THH 230ºC Hermetic Series provides high capacitance in a smaller package than many comparable components, providing engineers with significantly more flexibility when designing the electronic circuits in a variety of high temperature applications," said Tomas Zednicek, Ph.D, technical marketing manager at AVX. "Subjected to extensive mechanical shock, vibration, operating life, and moisture resistance testing, the series also provides engineers with outstanding mechanical robustness and performance in excess of what comparable capacitors molded in standard epoxy resin can provide."

Available in two cases sizes (9, a larger case with high capacitance and low ESR, and I, a low profile case with high capacitance) and two termination options (nickel-plated J-lead or gold under-tab) for additional design flexibility, the THH 230ºC Hermetic Series high temperature SMD tantalum capacitors feature a voltage range of 10-63VDC, a capacitance tolerance of + or - 20%, and a leakage current of 0.01CV.

Lead time for the THH 230ºC Hermetic Series is 10-14 weeks and pricing information is available upon request.

A preliminary draft of the datasheet is available at http://www.avx.com/docs/Catalogs/thh.pdf. For additional information and inquiries, please visit www.avx.com, call 864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.

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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: Tomas Zednicek, Ph.D. Technical Marketing Manager, AVX +420-465-358-126 tomas.zednicek@eur.avx.com Callie Baldwin Corporate Communications Director, AVX 864-967-9375 callie.baldwin@avx.comSource:AVX Corporation