AVX Corporation has designed a ceramic capacitor that virtually eliminates the risk of short-circuit failure, according to the company. Terminated with the company’s FLEXITERM technology introduced last year, the capacitors are designed to absorb shock and prevent internal cracking due to board flexure and temperature cycling damage. The components are also structured with a cascade electrode design (effectively two capacitors in series within one MLCC) that protects the ceramic capacitor from low insulation resistance failure that may result from thermal stress, repetitive strike ESD and placement damage. The devices are well-suited for new designs in military/aerospace COTS+ applications, automotive terminal 30 applications to replace two capacitors in series requirement, automotive terminal 15 applications to replace two capacitors requirement, and other safety-critical designs. AVX offers a minimum flexure of up to 5 mm, without internal cracks. Parts are available in 0603 50V to 22 nF, 0805 50V to 100 nF, 1206 50V to 150 nF, and 1210 50V to 470 nF.