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VPG Releases New FRST Wraparound Chip Resistors for High-Temperature Applications to +200°C Featuring Stability Under Load of 0.02% and 0.015% Through 85% RH at 85⁰C
MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA — Oct. 16, 2012 — Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) today announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has released a new series of ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal® Z1-Foil wraparound, surface-mount chip resistors for high-temperature applications up to +200°C. The FRST devices provide a high-temperature load-life stability of 0.02% ΔR after 2,000 hours of rated power at 175⁰C, 0.015% typical ΔR after 1,000 hours at 85⁰C/85% relative humidity, and low TCR of ± 2.5 ppm/⁰C from -55⁰C to +175⁰C, 25⁰C ref. Rated power varies depending upon the chip size.
VFR’s Bulk Metal® Foil technology’s principal advantage has long been its insensitivity to temperature changes, a benefit that has been further improved in VFR’s next-generation Z1-Foil technology. The FRST series incorporates Z1-Foil technology to extend these critical performance features to higher-temperature and higher-humidity environments, while maintaining the same low TCR. Each device’s solid monolithic alloy element is matched to the substrate, forming a single inter-dependent structure with balanced temperature characteristics for an unusually low and predictable TCR over a wide range from -55°C to more than +175°C. Resistance patterns are photo-etched to permit trimming of resistance values to very tight tolerances of ±0.01%.
The resistors feature exceptional load-life stability to ±0.0025% at +70°C for 2000 hours at rated power and can withstand electrostatic discharges at least to 25 kV without degradation. Offered in six chip sizes from 0603 to 2512, the FRST series features a wide resistance range from 5 Ω to 125 kΩ, with any resistance value within this range available at any tolerance with no additional cost or lead time effect.
FRST devices offer a power coefficient (ΔR due to self-heating) down to 5 ppm at rated power within ±25 °C of room temperature, and power ratings for the devices range from 750 mW at +70 °C to 150 mW at +175°C. The resistors feature a rise time of 1.0 ns, with effectively no ringing, a thermal stabilization time of < 1 s (nominal value achieved within 10 ppm of steady state value), current noise of 0.010 µVrms per volt of applied voltage (< -40 dB), and a voltage coefficient of < 0.1 ppm/V. The RoHS-compliant devices offer a non-inductive (< 0.08 μH), non-capacitive design, and are available in matched sets upon request.
The FRST series is optimized for a wide variety of industrial, military, aerospace, medical, down-hole, oil well, and automotive applications requiring resistors to have a minimal drift from their initial values when operating above +175°C and in humid environments. The Z1-Foil technology allows VFR to produce customer-oriented products designed to satisfy unique and specific technical requirements. In addition to the special chip stabilization under extreme environmental conditions in the production line, additional specially oriented post manufacturing operations (PMO) are offered for high-temperature applications that require an even higher degree of reliability and stability.
“Z-1 Foil technology in general – and the FRST in particular – is another step in tailoring previously unavailable high-reliability, high-temperature resistors to the high-temperature and high-humidity markets. The new FRST resistors provide stabilities well under the maximum allowable drift required by customers’ specifications through thousands of hours of operation under harsh conditions, such as the extreme temperatures and radiation-rich environments of down-hole oil-well logging applications, in the frigid arctic, under the sea, in deep space, and especially humidity conditions of 85°C/85% relative humidity,” said Yuval Hernik, senior director of application engineering for Vishay Foil Resistors.
“All Bulk Metal Foil resistors receive stabilization processing, such as repetitive short term power overloads, to assure reliable service through the unpredictable stresses of extreme operation. Compared to Bulk Metal Foil, thick and thin film resistor elements are produced with marginally controllable resistance materials. Heat or mechanical stresses on the resistive elements cause the particles forming the film to expand. After these stresses are alleviated, the particles in the film matrix do not return to the exact original position. This degenerates their overall stability.”
Samples and production quantities of the FRST series are available now, with lead times of five days for samples, and eight weeks for standard orders.
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About VPG Foil Resistors
Distinguished by the premier brands Vishay Foil Resistors, Powertron, and Alpha Electronics, VPG Foil Resistors is part of Vishay Precision Group (VPG), producing the most precise and stable resistors available. The portfolio comprises products in a variety of resistor and package configurations to meet the needs of a wide range of applications: discrete resistors and resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (fixed-lead) configurations; customized chip resistor networks; precision trimming potentiometers; and discrete chips for use in hybrid circuits. The foil resistors and current sensors are used in applications requiring a high degree of precision and stability, such as in medical testing equipment, semiconductor equipment, precision measuring instruments, aerospace, and military applications.
About Vishay Precision Group
Vishay Precision Group (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of Foil Technology Products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the Company’s Force Sensors Products and its Weighing and Control Systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at