AVX had developed a range of components specifically for safety-critical applications. Utilizing the award-winning FLEXITERM™ layer in conjunction with the cascade (MLSC) design previously used for high voltage MLCCs, a range of ceramic capacitors is now available for customers who require components designed with cutting edge safety features.
The FLEXITERM layer protects the component from any damage to the ceramic resulting from mechanical stress during PCB assembly or use with end customers. Board flexure type mechanical damage accounts for the majority of MLCC failures. The addition of the cascade (MLSC) structure protects the component from low insulation resistance failure resulting from other common causes for failure: thermal stress damage, repetitive strike ESD damage, and placement damage. With the inclusion of the cascade design structure to complement the FLEXITERM layer, the FLEXISAFE range of capacitors has superior safety features.