KEMET's MPXV Inductor for Electronic Control Units (ECUs)

Leading economists believe all businesses will require roughly 5 years to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Let that sink in for a moment.

Now, as the shock wears off, what does that mean for the electronics manufacturing industry? Simply put, in a post-coronavirus landscape, electronics manufacturers will need to focus energy on opportunities in emerging markets. As economies rebuild, repair, and push forward, they will do so with the desire to advance culture and health through the means of technology. In other words, global economies will set their eyes on cutting-edge advancements to take a stunted culture back to a stage of growth.

This has many implications for electronics manufacturers, especially those small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are looking to rebound from the onslaught of the virus. What emerging markets ought they to set their eyes upon?

The vehicle electrification trend, for one, has cultivated a strong demand for electronic control units (ECUs) makers. Fortune Business Insights reports that the market will grow from $73.4 billion in 2019 to $84 billion by 2027. SMEs looking for a solid rebound will most likely find it here, as electric vehicles are a market trend that seems set for continual evolution in the next decade.

As it happens, KEMET Corporation’s new MPXV series enables SMEs to design a wide range of new ECUs.

Enabling the Development of Cutting-Edge ECUs

Having been in business for over 100 years, KEMET has played a role in society's digitalization. That experience has given the company a comprehensive understanding of what electronic systems need to function in many different environments. This incomparable knowledge base informed the creation of its MPXV family of power inductors.

An expansion of KEMET’s METCOM lineup, the components are made with metal composite powder. By utilizing this material, the firm ensured the series has high permeability and saturation for robust functionality. These characteristics are mission-critical for automotive ECU DC-DC power supply parts because of the potentially serious consequences of device failure.

The AEQ-Q200 qualified MPXV line has an operational temperature range of -55°C to 155°C so that it can be used in multiple vehicle ECUs. The series also has its cores wrapped in metal composite, which will protect nearby devices from magnetic flux interference. SMEs can use these inductors in their automotive projects regardless of their install location.

In addition, KEMET manufactured this product with an inductance range of 0.10 µH to 100.00 µH. It is also available in several SMD variations to accommodate ECUs of different sizes. Because of these features, the MPXV series offers buyers a host of design options.

One Component, Multiple Applications

In the "new normal," SMEs have to be very particular about their procurement activities. Purchasing large quantities of components for what ends up being unsuccessful new product introductions (NPI) can be financially devastating. For that reason, it is a good practice to acquire cost-effective materials.

KEMET’s MPXV inductors meet that requirement because their design, construction, and size make them ideal for various ECU projects.

For example, an SME developing a new electric water and oil pump controller would be well served by the line. As would a company designing a device to direct the operations of a light-emitting diode (LED) headlight system. Firms crafting new cockpit infotainment displays could also use the parts to bring the work to life.

The MPXV series has the capability to serve as a one-size-fits-all solution for electronics manufacturers.

The unfortunate reality is that sometimes promising NPIs flop in the end-market. But firms can reduce their financial risk by working with first-class and multifaceted electronic components. KEMET's inductors will surely help with this endeavor as many small to medium-sized enterprise businesses proceed with the difficult work of rebuilding for the next 5 years.

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