Over the past years, multi-layer ceramic capacitors have undergone significant improvements. The volumetric density has increased several folds. This unfortunately resulted in a big increase in DC and AC bias sensitivity for many parts.
This essay will explain how, over the last decade, supply chain risks in the tantalum industry have decreased considerably and, as a result, consumers of tantalum can have greater confidence in the reliable supply of tantalum, both now and in the future. This is important, as recent trends in the electronics market, and structural changes in capacity availability for certain capacitor types, have caused the market to turn to tantalum-based capacitors to fill the gap.