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 Industry Press - RF Passive Components

Low ESR Multilayer Ceramic Chip Capacitors  
Featuring lower ESR (0.300 Ohm and 0.385 Ohm max at 500 MHz), the NMC-L series of multilayer ceramic chip capacitors from NIC Components Corp. is suited for use in high speed and high frequency RF - Wireless -Bluetooth product applications. The capacitors are available in 0603 and 0805 sizes (0402 size is in development) and in ultra-stable low loss NPO /COG dielectric. Capacitance values from 0.5 pF to 47 pF in 50 V DC and 100 VDC ratings. Operating temperature range is 55°C to +125°C. These components are supplied tape and reeled packaged for automated placement and are compatible with reflow and flow soldering. Pricing for production quantities ranges from $0.02 to $0.04 each.  |  Data sheet: NMC-L  |  Performance Data

SMT inductors can handle up to 1A 

The NIN-H series of wire-wound SMT inductors, from NIC Components Corp., is available in inductance values from 3.3nH to 4.7µH with current ratings of up to 1.0A. The devices are said to be suitable for use in hand-held devices, telecoms, high frequency and wireless designs. The inductors have been designed to be used as an alternative to Coilcraft components, and feature inductance tolerances of 20 and 10%. The minimum Q factor is up to 65 while the minimum SRF is up to 6000MHz. Operating over a temperature range between -40 and +125°C, the inductors have a maximum DC resistance of 0.08Ohm, along with a maximum rated DC current of 600mA. They can be supplied in an embossed plastic tape package, and the range is also suitable for flow or reflow soldering.  |  Data Sheet: NIN-H  |  Performance Data

Components tap WLAN chip sets (excerpt)
by Gina Roos / EE Times   

Driven by suppliers of wireless-LAN chip sets, passive-component manufacturers are developing innovative devices and technologies to meet the requirements for high-performance characteristics such as quality, or "Q," factor, equivalent-series resistance (ESR) and small packaging in the WLAN.

Next-generation components for WLAN applications will most likely come in the form of antennas, integrated passive devices and module designs, many of them based on low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology for high performance and small size.

In many cases, passive-component suppliers are already ramping up production on low-pass and bandpass filters for WLAN applications that feature surface-mount packaging, low profiles and light weight.

NIC Components' answer to a host of wireless applications is its wide range of low-ESR and high-Q NPO ceramic chip capacitors. Designed for high-speed, high-frequency applications such as Bluetooth and WLAN products, the NMC-L and NMC-M chip capacitors are available in a capacitance range of 0.5 to 150 pF.  |  |  |  Performance Data

Wire Wound Chip Inductors

NIC Components Corp. has introduced a new series of high current, wire wound, surface mount inductors, designated the NIN-H series. These 0805 and 1008 size inductors are available in inductance values from 3.3 nH to 4.4µH, with current ratings to 1 A. The NIN-H series features high Q and SRF characteristics, low dc resistance, and are suitable for reflow soldering. Prices for this series range from $0.16 to $0.30, depending on quantity and tolerance required.  |  Data Sheet: NIN-H   |  Performance Data

Multilayer Chip Inductors

New from NIC Components Corp.,the NML series of multi-layer chip inductors feature high Q (50 1 GHz; 27 nH) and SRF (2GHz; 18 nH) for high frequency, wireless communication applications. Small 0402 and 0603 size packages are well suited for handheld and ultra dense circuit designs. Inductance values from 1.0 nH to 56 nH (0402) and 1.5 nH to 220 nH (0603) in ±0.5 nH, ±5 percent and ±10 percent tolerances. Operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. Supplied on paper tape and compatible with auto pick-and-placement and reflow soldering. Pricing is from $0.06 to $0.08 each in production volumes. Current lead-time is 6 to 10 weeks.  |  Data Sheet: NML  |  Performance Data

High Current Ferrite Chip Beads - suit harsh environments
Passive components specialist NIC Components Corp. offers high current versions of its popular NCB range of ferrite chip beads. With a maximum current rating of up to 6 A and a wide operating temperature range of between -40°C and +125°C, the NCB-H series is ideally suited to applications in harsh environments. The devices give effective EMI and RFI suppression at up to 1 GHz. The range also offers high impedance values over a wide frequency range. Quoted reference values are between 10 ohms and 125 ohms at 100MHz. Available in case sizes ranging from 0603 to 1812, the ferrite chip beads feature nickel barrier terminations with a solder plate finish to help ensure a good solder joint. Parts are supplied taped and reeled at a pitch of 4mm, and are fully compatible with automatic pick and place equipment.  |  Data Sheet: NCB-H  |  Performance Data

Ceramic Chip Capacitors - suit Bluetooth applications
NIC Components corp. has added a range of low ESR multilayer ceramic chip capacitors to its portfolio of products. With ESR as low as 0.30 Ohm for capacitance values of between 22pF and 47pF at 500MHz, the NMC-L series is ideally suited to high speed, high frequency applications such as those found in Bluetooth products. Manufactured using ultra stable, low loss NPO/COG dielectric, the devices are available with values ranging from 0.5pF to 47pF. Both 50 Vdc and 100 Vdc rated parts are available. A broad operating temperature range of -55°C to +125°C makes them suitable for use in most environments. Capacitance stability is also very high with a figure of 0 ±30ppm/°C quoted across the temperature range. The NMC-L range is offered in both 0603 and 0805 case sizes making placement easy in applications where printed circuit boards can be extremely densely populated. An even smaller 0402 version is currently in development. Nickel barrier terminations and stringent quality controls in the manufacturing process mean that NMC-L ceramic chip capacitors have excellent mechanical strength. This is particularly important in portable communications applications where equipment has to meet tough vibration and drop test specifications. Supplied in tape and reel packaging, the range is compatible with both reflow and flow soldering processes.  |  Data Sheet: NMC-L  |  Performance Data

Small inductors aim at wireless

MELVILLE, N.Y. — The NML series of multilayer chip inductors in 0402 and 0603 packages from NIC Components Corp. are said to feature high Q (greater than 50 at 1 GHz; less than 27 nano-henries) for high-frequency wireless communication applications. 
The small package size suits the inductors for handheld applications and very dense circuit designs, the company said. Inductance values range from 1 to 56 nH (0402) and 1.5 to 220 nH (0603) in plus/minus 0.5-nH, plus/minus 5 and plus/minus 10 percent tolerances. Operating temperature range is -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C.
The inductors are supplied on paper tape compatible with automated pick-and-place machinery and reflow soldering. Pricing is 6 cents to 8 cents each in production volumes, with delivery in six to 10 weeks.  |   |  Performance Data

Website devoted to RF passives

NIC Components has launched a new website to address the passive component needs of the RF and wireless communications markets. provides comprehensive data for NIC's range of capacitors, resistors and inductors that are specifically designed for use in high frequency applications. In addition to providing PDF data sheets and high frequency performance data, the site also allows visitors to order samples for evaluation.
RF wireless design kits are available to help aid the selection of the most appropriate components for a given design - these too can be ordered online. complements the main website and the company's website that is dedicated to low ESR devices and applications: In addition to a comprehensive range of quality components, NIC components Europe also offers expert technical support to assist its customers in their design work.


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