Recent advancements in discrete resistor technologies

Martin Birkett, Stephen Oxley

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There have been a number of advancements in discrete resistor technologies over recent years and, although there have been numerous reports dealing with these developments individually; there is currently no literature available which provides an overall review of these improvements. This chapter presents a summary of existing discrete resistor technologies such as wirewound, metal oxide, thick film and thin film. The key performance properties of each group are discussed and some recent improvements to manufacturing techniques and materials are presented, together with specific applications and potential future developments. Some of the specific areas discussed include; tailoring of wirewound and metal oxide resistor designs and materials for pulse and fusing applications and modifications to thick film resistor patterns and trimming rules to increase power handling and pulse and high voltage performance. The properties and applications of thick film on steel technology and current sense resistors are then discussed before finally an in depth review of existing thin film resistor materials and a potential new low resistivity system is given.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResistors: Theory of Operation, Behavior and Safety Regulations
EditorsRoy Daou
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages205
ISBN (Print)978-1-62257-788-0
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


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