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Mike Randall

Tin Whiskers and Chip Components

What are Whiskers? “Whiskers” are protrusions that grow from a metal film over time. They can achieve high aspect ratios, growing to considerable lengths and may result in electrical interconnection of adjacent terminals. This can happen when a whisker grows…

Chip Components and Surface Mounting

Chip Components and Surface Mounting Trillions of electronic chip components are installed within electronic assemblies every year using surface mount technology (SMT). Your smartphone, HDTV, car, etc., contain hundreds, if not thousands, of electronic devices assembled using SMT. The SMT…

Chip Resistors Part 1: The Basics

This is Part 1 of a 3 Part Series • Chip Resistors Part 1: The Basics (this article) • Chip Resistors Part 2: Types • Chip Resistors Part 3: Applications and Considerations Greetings designers, let’s talk about resistors. Resistors impede current…