Technology summary for High-Reliability (Hi-Rel) surface mount Polymer Tantalum Capacitors. At Space Tech Expo 2017, Cristina shows improvements made to KO-CAP to make them suitable for ESA usage in space.
Embedded capacitors enable thinner devices. At APEC 2017 KEMET previewed a new aluminum polymer technology that can be embedded directly into the silicon for a power converter.
Tantalum polymer capacitors are expanding their market share in the commercial world because they offer superior electrical performance (primarily much lower ESR), have outstanding reliability, and display a more benign failure response than the incumbent MnO2-cathode tantalum capacitor technology. It is natural that engineers want to use this new technology in high-reliability applications.
In the world of big data, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are becoming increasingly larger. Higher performance SSDs use larger buffers, which are volatile. When power is lost, they require a large bank of energy to finish flushing out those buffers.