MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. announced that it has completed the development of a new high voltage capacitor semiconductor process. Capacitors designed on this process are capable of achieving kilovolt (KV) operating levels in excess of 1,000 V, a level not previously achieved with silicon semiconductor technology.

“This new semiconductor process will be the foundation of a new high voltage capacitor product line,” said Stephen G. Daly, president and CEO at MACOM. “We recognize many automotive, renewable energy, industrial, medical and defense systems operate at high voltages. Our technology is capable of enabling non-commodity applications in these markets where smaller size and superior electrical performance over standard industry capacitors is desired.”

MACOM will release a wide range of capacitor values in three separate voltage categories, 200 V, 500 V and 1,000 V, with capacitance values from 2 to 4,700 picofarads. The key technical attributes include small size, highly stable temperature and voltage performance, low ESR and ESL, high Q and improved reliability when compared to Tantalum or multi-layer co-fired ceramic technologies. MACOM will introduce this new product line at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in June 2021, under the brand name MACOM KV CAPS™.