Low cost TO-style film power resistor design provides superior high-frequency performance

Resistive specialist manufacturer and supplier, Riedon, has developed a new power resistor design that is non-inductive and able to achieve superior performance in high-frequency applications and high-speed pulse circuits.

The various product series within Riedon’s PF family of TO-style resistors all use an advanced power film formed on a heat-conducting alumina substrate that is metalized and soldered to a heat-dissipating copper plate tab, providing devices able to provide enhanced levels of thermal resistance in small-size, thin-profile TO-style packages for high-density applications.

The various package configurations available cover power ratings from a few Watts up to 600 Watts in both through-hole and surface mountings: These start with the PF1260 series in an epoxy-molded TO-126 leaded package, with resistances in the range 0.01O to 51kO, tolerances from ±1%, a temperature coefficient (TCR) from ±50ppm and provide up to 20W dissipation (with a heatsink).

The PF2200 and PF2470 series offer a similar specification but with dissipation up to 50W and 140W respectively in leaded TO-220 and TO-247 packages. For the ultimate in power dissipation, the PF2270 series uses the screw-terminal TO227 style package to handle up to 300W, when attached to an appropriate heatsink and subject to temperature derating. Finally, the PFS35 series provides a solution for surface mounting, using a TO-263 housing (D-Pak) to provide 35W dissipation when used with a heatsink or 2W with a simple solder pad.

“All our TO-style thin-film resistors combine superior performance with the full power-dissipation capabilities these packages offer”, said Phil Ebbert, Riedon’s VP of Engineering, “In addition, the low-inductance design makes these parts ideal for high frequency applications, such as wireless communications, or in systems that need to withstand short-duration, high-energy pulses, for example, medical equipment.”



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