AEC-Q200 Compliant Passive Components Selection Guide

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Automotive Solutions

AEC-Q200 Compliant Components for Automotive and Transportation Solutions

Eco-friendly, reliable, comfortable, and safe — key goals when designing next-generation automotive, other vehicles, and transportation equipment sub-systems. Panasonic provides industry-leading electronic solutions required to meet the extremely high quality and reliability standards required by Tier 1, 2, and 3 suppliers designing in the automotive, other vehicles, and transportation space. With over 150,000 part numbers to consider, Panasonic is currently supplying electronic components and devices into electrification, chassis & safety, interior, and HMI systems worldwide. An intense commitment to providing relevant and strategic contributions to customers' cutting-edge automotive/transportation equipment development is assured with Panasonic.

Panasonic AEC-Q200 Compliant Components

If your next device requires components that meet the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) requirements for components suitable for harsh automotive environments, think Panasonic!

Passive Components such as Capacitors, Inductors, Resistors, specified as AEC-Q200 compliant are designed into automotive systems such as infotainment, engine control, airbags, lighting, and more. However, today’s design engineers are now specifying AEC-Q200 Components to meet the high-quality standards of devices beyond Tier 1 automotive applications.

The AEC-Q200 tests recognize that demands placed on passive components in an automotive environment relate to very high resistance to temperature and vibration and to protect against short-circuiting. Recognition is given to the fact that temperature conditions in automobiles can vary greatly, with the most demanding locations being in the engine, transmission, and brake systems. Engine and transmission temperatures are typically less than 200°C, but some of the wheel-mounted components can reach 250°C. Consequently, the appropriate component needs to be selected not just for the application in question—automotive-- but for a specific function and location, too. AEC recommends that car parts be classified for the engine area and the passenger area based on the intended location of use, and because the intrinsic heat requirements of these parts are different, different test temperatures are recommended. This same logic applies when designing vehicles of all kinds and when designing devices that need to withstand a similar temperature and vibration environments.

Large and rapid temperature changes can occur when components are mounted on a PCB and this can induce stress as a result of different material CTE (Coefficient of Thermal Expansion) rates. The material difference (PCB, ceramic, solder) expansion rates can induce cracks within components that cause them to electrically fail.

For all of these reasons, there are five temperature range grades defined in AEC-Q200. Current AEC-Q200 Standard documents developed by the AEC Component Technical Committee are available on the AEC website. The AEC is an organization based in the U.S. that sets qualification standards for the supply of components in the automotive electronics industry.

Even electronic components that are as simple as resistors must satisfy the severe demands of automotive applications, including long-term stability, pulse resistance, and resistance to harmful gases. Suitable applications for AEC-Q200 qualified resistors include electronic controls, electric and hybrid electric vehicle battery management, and dc/dc converter applications.

Parts that pass the AEC tests are seen as qualified, high-quality components that can be used in critical environments; therefore, there is no need for conducting other component-level tests.

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