KEMET Presents Breakthrough in Automotive Polymer Tantalum Capacitor Technology

GREENVILLE, S.C., April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading global supplier of electronic components, presented its most recent product performance results for polymer tantalum capacitors developed according to the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Q200 Reliability Document at the 2014 CARTS International Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

The presentation included the results of high temperature and high humidity testing defined in the AEC Q200 document. These results demonstrate stable electrical performance levels throughout the defined test intervals and represent a breakthrough in polymer tantalum capacitor technology.

Polymer tantalum capacitors have become extremely popular in many microprocessor systems and high performance DC-to-DC converters. These capacitor types are well-suited for automotive infotainment systems but have also seen interest in more critical applications such as active safety systems. 

"Due to the need for an AEC Q200 qualified component in these critical applications, the automotive industry has been unable to take advantage of the advancements that polymer tantalum capacitors offer over traditional technologies," stated Jayson Young, KEMET Product Manager. "KEMET has placed extensive development resources into fulfilling this need and has overcome harsh environmental test challenges during the product design phase. We look forward to completing the final qualification stages to meet the full requirements of the AEC Q200 document and releasing the industry's first fully-qualified automotive polymer tantalum capacitor."

About KEMET

KEMET Corporation is a leading global supplier of electronic components. We offer our customers the broadest selection of capacitor technologies in the industry across all dielectrics, along with an expanding range of electromechanical devices, electromagnetic compatibility solutions and supercapacitors. Our vision is to be the preferred supplier of electronic component solutions demanding the highest standards of quality, delivery and service. KEMET's common stock is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "KEM." Additional information about KEMET can be found at http://www.kemet.com.

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Contact:

Dr. John C. Boan


Vice President, Marketing


johnnyboan@kemet.com


954.766.2813

SOURCE KEMET Corporation



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