Passive SMDs in SMT Components

Passive SMDs:   There is quite a variety of different packages used for passive SMDs. However the majority of passive SMDs are either resistors or capacitors for which the package sizes are reasonably standardized. Other components including coils, crystals and others tend to have more individual requirements and hence their own packages.

Resistor and capacitor packages have a variety of packages. These have designations that include: 1812, 1206, 0805, 0603, 0402, and 0201. The figures refer to the dimensions in hundreds of an inch. In other words the 1206 measures 12 hundreds by 6 hundreds of an inch. The larger sizes such as 1812 and 1206 were some of the first that were used. They are not in widespread use now as much smaller components are generally required. However they may find use in applications where larger powers are needed or where other considerations require the larger size.

The connections to the printed circuit board are made through metallised areas at either end of the package.

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