KEMET’s Floating Electrode with Flexible Termination capacitor (FF-CAP) combines two existing KEMET technologies– Floating Electrode and Flexible Termination. The floating electrode component utilizes a cascading internal electrode design configured to form multiple capacitors in series within a single monolithic structure. This unique configuration results in enhanced voltage and ESD performance over standard capacitor designs while allowing for a fail-open condition if mechanically damaged (cracked). The flexible termination component utilizes a conductive silver epoxy between the base metal and nickel barrier layers of KEMET’s standard termination system in order to establish pliability while maintaining terminal strength, solderability and electrical performance. Both technologies address the primary failure mode of MLCCs– flex cracks, which are typically the result of excessive tensile and shear stresses produced during board flexure and thermal cycling. Although neither technology can eliminate the potential for mechanical damage that may propagate during extreme environmental and/or handling conditions, the combination of these two technologies provide the ultimate level of protection against a low IR or short circuit condition. The FF-CAP complements KEMET’s Open Mode, Floating Electrode (FE-CAP), Flexible Termination (FT-CAP) and KEMET Power Solutions (KPS) product lines by providing an ultimate fail-safe design optimized for low to mid range capacitance values. These devices exhibit a predictable change in capacitance with respect to time and voltage and boast a minimal change in capacitance with reference to ambient temperature. Capacitance change is limited to ±15% from -55°C to +125°C. In addition to Commercial Grade, Automotive Grade devices are available which meet the demanding Automotive Electronics Council's AEC–Q200 qualification requirements.