Why You Should Design-In AEC-Q200 Standard Components

August 19, 2016
By Bethany Dunich

…in harsh non-automotive environments, too!

There is no doubt that there are great demands placed on passive components in an automotive environment. These parts could be exposed to a multitude of variables at any given time including high temperature, thermal shock and moisture. In the quest to guarantee the reliability and quality of passive components used in these conditions, the AEC-Q200 global standard was created by the Automotive Electronic Council (AEC).

Now you might wonder if these parts should be used in non-automotive products, like solar panels, that experience similar environmental demands – and the answer is YES. This standard uses stringent tests to qualify components, ultimately confirming they are safe for use in harsh environments regardless of the market. Here are some of the test and test conditions used during this process:

Some test conditions for AEC-Q200 compliance

Visit the AEC website for a full list of these standards.

“Parts that pass the AEC tests are seen as qualified, high quality components that can be used in critical environments.”  - Murray Slock stated in his article.

Suppliers often recommend that engineers use AEC parts. A key provider of these parts is Panasonic, offering over 100 AEC-Q200 qualified component Series. Panasonic is a preferred manufacturer by many engineers as well as Fortune 500 companies because of the proven performance, quality, and reliability of products across the Panasonic brand. Take a look at their AEC- Q200 Compliant Passive Components Selection Guide for a detailed list of parts available.

Quick facts about AEC-Q200 compliant components

Learn more information about AEC-Q200 standard components or find a Panasonic distributor.