US Pat. No. 9,545,008

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR EMBEDDING INTO A CIRCUIT BOARD

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A circuit board comprising: a substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface, wherein the substrate defines a mounting
surface on which opposing conductive members are located, wherein a recessed opening is provided between the conductive members;
and a solid electrolytic capacitor comprising a capacitor element that includes an anode, a dielectric layer overlying the
anode, and a cathode overlying the dielectric layer; a case that encapsulates the capacitor element, wherein the case includes
an upper surface, a lower surface, a front surface, and a rear surface; an anode termination that is electrically connected
to the anode, the anode termination containing a first external component that is generally perpendicular to the lower surface
of the case and a second external component that is generally parallel to the lower surface of the case and that extends outwardly
away from the front surface of the case; and a cathode termination that is electrically connected to the cathode, the cathode
termination containing a first external component that is generally perpendicular to the lower surface of the case and a second
external component that is generally parallel to the lower surface of the case and that extends outwardly away from the rear
surface of the case; wherein the second external component of the anode termination and the second external component of the
cathode termination are electrically connected to the conductive members so that at least a portion of the solid electrolytic
capacitor is embedded within the recessed opening, further wherein the second external component of the anode termination
and the second external component of the cathode termination are generally parallel to and in contact with the mounting surface,
wherein the second external component of the anode termination and the second external component of the cathode termination
are generally coplanar.

US Pat. No. 9,362,694

MODULAR ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF MAKING

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A method for producing an electrical connector, comprising:
fitting a combination of common-sized contact sub-assemblies into receptacle spaces in a common insulative header component
to define a desired pattern, wherein the common-sized contact sub-assemblies have varying contact element configurations such
that a first of the common-sized contact sub-assemblies has a different contact element configuration than a second of the
common-sized contact sub-assemblies; and

attaching the common-sized contact sub-assemblies to the header component.

US Pat. No. 9,541,607

SCREENING METHOD FOR ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of iteratively screening a lot of electrolytic capacitors having a predetermined rated voltage, the method comprising:
measuring a first leakage current of a first set of capacitors in the lot and calculating a first mean leakage current therefrom;
removing capacitors from the first set that have a measured first leakage current equal to or above a first predetermined
value, thereby forming a second set of capacitors to be subjected to additional testing, the first predetermined value being
equal to one or more standard deviations above the first mean leakage current;

subjecting the second set of capacitors to a burn in treatment, wherein the burn in treatment comprises applying a predetermined
test voltage to the capacitors that is from about 0.8 to about 1.2 times the rated voltage;

after the burn in treatment, measuring a second leakage current of the second set of capacitors and calculating a second mean
leakage current therefrom; and

removing capacitors from the second set that have a measured second leakage current equal to or above a second predetermined
value, thereby forming a third set of capacitors to be subjected to additional testing, the second predetermined value being
equal to one or more standard deviations above the second mean leakage current.

US Pat. No. 9,129,747

ABRASIVE BLASTED CATHODE OF A WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method for forming a cathode of a wet electrolytic capacitor, the method comprising:
blasting a metal substrate with a plurality of abrasive particles to form a micro-roughened surface having a plurality of
pits;

contacting the micro-roughened surface of the metal substrate with an extraction solution, wherein the abrasive particles
are dispersed in the extraction solution;

subjecting the micro-roughened surface of the metal substrate to a deoxidation treatment; and
thereafter, forming a conductive coating on the micro-roughened surface.

US Pat. No. 9,048,560

MODULAR ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF MAKING

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method for producing electrical connectors having varying contact element configurations, comprising:
providing a common insulative material header component having a plurality of receptacle spaces defined therein;
providing a plurality of different contact sub-assemblies having varying contact element configurations, each of the contact
sub-assemblies having a common size configured for receipt in each of the receptacle spaces;

defining a pattern of the contact sub-assemblies for a particular desired connector configuration from any combination of
the contact sub-assemblies;

fitting the contact sub-assemblies into the receptacle spaces in the header component according to the pattern; and
attaching the contact sub-assemblies to the header component.

US Pat. No. 9,620,294

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A RECESSED PLANAR ANODE AND A RESTRAINT

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a planar anode having an outer periphery and comprising an anodically oxidized pellet formed from a pressed and sintered powder,
the planar anode having a recessed portion formed in at least one surface;

a cathode that comprises a metal substrate coated with an electrochemically-active material;
a restraint, in direct contact with the anode, that fits within the recessed portion and has a shape that generally corresponds
with a shape of the recessed portion such that the restraint does not extend beyond the outer periphery of the anode; and

a working electrolyte in communication with the planar anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,105,401

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A GELLED WORKING ELECTROLYTE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode comprising an anodically oxidized pellet formed from a pressed and sintered powder, wherein the powder is formed
from tantalum particles;

a cathode that comprises a metal substrate coated with a conductive polymer; and
a working electrolyte in communication with the anode and the cathode, wherein the working electrolyte is in the form of a
gel and comprises an ammonium salt of an organic acid, inorganic oxide particles, an acid, and an aqueous solvent system that
comprises water, wherein the working electrolyte has a pH value of from about 5.0 to about 8.0.

US Pat. No. 9,269,499

THIN WIRE/THICK WIRE LEAD ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor that comprises a capacitor element, the capacitor element comprising:
a sintered, porous anode body;
a first anode lead, wherein a first portion of the first anode lead is embedded within the porous anode body and a second
portion of the first anode lead extends from a surface of the porous anode body in a longitudinal direction;

a second anode lead, wherein the second anode lead is positioned external to the porous anode body, further wherein the second
anode lead is not embedded within the porous anode body;

a dielectric layer overlying the sintered porous anode body; and
a cathode overlying the dielectric layer that includes a solid electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 9,324,503

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountia...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode that comprises a sintered porous anode body extending in a longitudinal direction, wherein the anode body contains
a sidewall positioned between a proximal end and an opposing distal end, wherein a longitudinally extending channel is recessed
into the sidewall;

a dielectric overlying the anode body; and
a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric, wherein the solid electrolyte comprises a plurality of pre-polymerized conductive
polymer particles.

US Pat. No. 9,391,386

CAGED POKE HOME CONTACT

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A single element connector, the single element connector comprising:
a first cage-like structure configured to receive a wire, wherein the first cage-like structure comprises an insert end; and
a single contact tine coupled to a top wall of the first cage-like structure, wherein the single contact tine extends downward
from the top wall toward a base of the single element connector, and wherein the single contact tine is configured to direct
the wire to the base of the single element connector;

wherein the first cage-like structure comprises a plurality of walls bent into a box-like structure having the top wall, a
bottom wall, and at least two side walls, wherein the bottom wall is on a same side of the first cage-like structure as the
base, and wherein the bottom wall of the first cage-like structure comprises two bent over extensions of each respective side
wall of the first cage-like structure.

US Pat. No. 9,793,060

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING CONDUCTIVE POLYMER PARTICLES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode body;
a dielectric that overlies the anode body;
an adhesion coating that overlies the dielectric, wherein the adhesion coating contains a discontinuous precoat layer that
contains a plurality of discrete nanoprojections of a manganese dioxide;

a solid electrolyte that overlies the adhesive coating and includes an inner conductive polymer layer and an outer conductive
polymer layer, at least one of which is formed from a dispersion of pre-polymerized particles; and

an external polymer coating overlying the solid electrolyte, wherein the external polymer coating contains a plurality of
pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles, and wherein a ratio of an average size of the pre-polymerized conductive polymer
particles, particles employed in the external polymer coating to an average size of the particles employed in any dispersion
of the solid electrolyte is from about 1.5 to about 30,

wherein one or more discrete manganese dioxide nanoprojections are embedded in the solid electrolyte; and
wherein the manganese dioxide nanoprojections have an average size of from about 5 nanometers to about 500 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 9,165,718

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A HYDROGEN PROTECTION LAYER

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising a casing within which is positioned an anode formed from an anodically oxidized
sintered porous body and a fluidic working electrolyte, the casing containing a metal substrate over which is disposed a hydrogen
protection layer that contains a plurality of sintered valve metal agglomerates formed from a valve metal composition, wherein
the agglomerates have an aggregate D50 size of about 100 micrometers or less and wherein no more than about 5% of the agglomerates
having a size greater than 150 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 9,076,592

WET CAPACITOR CATHODE CONTAINING A CONDUCTIVE COATING FORMED ANODIC ELECTROCHEMICAL POLYMERIZATION OF A MICROEMULSION

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode comprising a sintered porous anode body that is coated with a dielectric;
a cathode that comprises a metal substrate over which is disposed a conductive polymer coating, wherein the conductive polymer
coating is formed by electrolytic polymerization of a microemulsion, the microemulsion comprising a precursor monomer, nonionic
surfactant, sulfonic acid, and solvent; and

a fluid working electrolyte in communication with the anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,907,176

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR MODULE WITH IMPROVED PLANARITY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor module having an upper module surface and a lower module surface, the module comprising:
a plurality of active capacitors, each active capacitor comprising a capacitor element and an active capacitor case that encapsulates
the capacitor element,

wherein the active capacitor case includes an upper surface adjacent the upper module surface,
a lower surface adjacent the lower module surface, opposing side surfaces, a front surface, and a rear surface;
an anode termination having a first external component contacting and parallel to the lower surface of the active capacitor
case;

and a cathode termination having a first external component contacting and parallel to the upper surface of the active capacitor
case;

a sacrificial capacitor comprising a sacrificial capacitor case, wherein the sacrificial capacitor case includes an upper
surface, a lower surface, opposing side surfaces, a front surface, and a rear surface,

wherein the plurality of active capacitors and the sacrificial capacitor are aligned along a horizontal direction so that
the side surfaces of the active capacitor cases and the side surfaces of the sacrificial capacitor case are parallel to each
other;

and a conductor, wherein the conductor is positioned along the horizontal direction at the upper module surface so that the
conductor is in contact with the first external component of the cathode termination of each of the plurality of active capacitors.

US Pat. No. 9,870,869

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a casing that contains a sidewall extending to an upper end to define an opening, wherein the sidewall further defines an
inner surface that surrounds an interior;

at least one anode and at least one cathode positioned within the interior of the casing, wherein the cathode contains an
electrochemically-active material and further wherein an anode lead extends from the anode;

a working electrolyte that is in electrical contact with the anode and the electrochemically-active material;
a lid assembly that contains a lid positioned on an upper end of the casing sidewall, wherein the lid defines an orifice through
which a tube extends, wherein the tube accommodates the anode lead that extends from the anode, and further wherein a dielectric
layer is formed on a surface of the tube.

US Pat. No. 9,093,974

ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE FILTER FOR IMPLANTED ELECTRONICS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. An electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter, comprising:
a plurality of signal electrodes arranged in a respective plurality of arrays, with each signal electrode extending vertically
between respective top and bottom surfaces of the filter such that the signal electrodes are flush with such top and bottom
surfaces, and configured to be coupled on said top surface of the filter to internal conductors of an implantable medical
device and coupled on said bottom surface of the filter to external lead wires implanted within a body in which such medical
device is implanted;

a plurality of ground electrodes arranged in parallel and interposed between the signal electrodes, such ground electrodes
grounded at least one of internally and externally;

dielectric material disposed between the signal electrodes and ground electrodes to act as insulator material between adjacent
electrodes, and to define a filter body having a length along a longitudinal axis thereof, a thickness between the top and
bottom surfaces thereof, and a width in the axis perpendicular to such longitudinal axis and the thickness; and

metallization applied to selected regions on the top and bottom surfaces of the filter to connect respective arrays of signal
electrodes and provide an interconnection surface for electrically attaching the filter to other components;

wherein said signal electrodes each have a length dimension along the longitudinal axis of the filter which is less than one-half
of the length of the filter along the longitudinal axis thereof, and said ground electrodes each have a length dimension along
the longitudinal axis of the filter which is more than one-half of the length of the filter along the longitudinal axis thereof,
and wherein the filter acts as a shielding element to prevent unwanted electromagnetic interference with the input and output
of an associated implanted medical device.

US Pat. No. 9,236,193

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR USE UNDER HIGH TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY CONDITIONS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a capacitor element that includes a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric that overlies the anode body, a solid electrolyte
that overlies the dielectric, and a moisture barrier layer that overlies the solid electrolyte, wherein the solid electrolyte
includes a conductive polymer and an organometallic coupling agent that contains an organic chain with at least one reactive
group bonded to a metal atom, and further wherein the moisture barrier layer includes a hydrophobic elastomer, wherein the
hydrophobic elastomer is a silicone elastomer, wherein the silicone elastomer is formed from a polydimethylsiloxane, polymethylhydrogensiloxane,
dimethyidiphenylpolysiloxane, dimethyl/methylphenylpolysiloxane, polymethylphenylsiloxane, methylphenyl/dimethylsiloxane,
vinyldimethyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane, vinylmethyl/dimethylpolysiloxane, vinyldimethyl terminated vinylmethyl/dimethylpolysiloxane,
divinylmethyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane, vinylphenylmethyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane, dimethylhydro terminated
polydimethylsiloxane, methylhydro/dimethylpolysiloxane, methylhydro terminated methyloctylpolysiloxane, methylhydro/phenylmethyl
polysiloxane, fluoro-modified polysiloxane, or a combination thereof;

an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body;
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte; and
a resinous casing that encapsulates the capacitor element and leaves exposed at least a portion of the anode termination and
the cathode termination.

US Pat. No. 9,218,913

WET CAPACITOR CATHODE CONTAINING AN ALKYL-SUBSTITUTED POLY(3,4-ETHYLENEDIOXYTHIOPHENE)

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode comprising a sintered porous anode body that is coated with a dielectric, wherein the anode body comprises tantalum;
a cathode that comprises a metal substrate over which is disposed a conductive polymer coating, wherein the conductive polymer
coating contains an alkyl-substituted poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) having the following general structure:

wherein R2 is hydrogen or an alkyl group, n is from 1 to 2,000, and y is from 1 to 10; and
a fluid working electrolyte in communication with the anode and the cathode, wherein the electrolyte has a pH of from about
4.5 to about 7.0.

US Pat. No. 9,620,293

HERMETICALLY SEALED CAPACITOR FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor for an implantable medical device comprising:
a planar anode that comprises a porous anode body coated with a dielectric layer, wherein an anode lead extends from the porous
anode body;

a working electrolyte that is in electrical contact with the planar anode;
a casing having an interior within which the planar anode and the working electrolyte are positioned, the casing having a
wall that defines an anode lead orifice; and

a sealing assembly that is connected to the casing at the anode lead orifice, the sealing assembly comprising:
a metal housing positioned within the anode lead orifice and extending into the interior of the casing, wherein the metal
housing defines a cavity through which a portion of the anode lead extends;

an elastomeric ring positioned within the cavity, wherein the elastomeric ring contains an orifice through which a portion
of the anode lead extends; and

a metal plate positioned within the cavity, wherein the metal plate contains an orifice through which a portion of the anode
lead extends, wherein a lower surface of the metal plate is in contact with the elastomeric ring inside the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,508,492

MANGANESE OXIDE CAPACITOR FOR USE IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:
a capacitor element comprising an anode formed from an anodically oxidized, sintered porous body and a solid electrolyte coating
the anode, wherein the solid electrolyte comprises a manganese oxide;

a housing that defines an interior cavity within which the capacitor element is positioned, wherein the interior cavity has
a gaseous atmosphere that contains an inert gas;

an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body;
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte;
an anode lead that extends in a lateral direction from the porous body of the anode, wherein the anode lead is positioned
within the interior cavity of the housing; and

a connective member that contains a first portion that is positioned generally perpendicular to the lateral direction of the
anode lead and directly connected thereto and a second portion that is generally parallel to the lateral direction in which
the anode lead extends,

wherein the first and second portions of the connective member are positioned within the interior cavity of the housing and
wherein the connective member is connected to the anode termination.

US Pat. No. 9,472,350

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A MULTI-LAYERED ADHESION COATING

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode body;
a dielectric that overlies the anode body;
an adhesion coating that overlies the dielectric, wherein the adhesion coating contains a discontinuous precoat layer and
a resinous layer, wherein the discontinuous precoat layer contains a plurality of discrete nanoprojections of a manganese
oxide; and

a solid electrolyte that overlies the dielectric and the adhesion coating, wherein the solid electrolyte includes a conductive
polymer layer, and wherein one or more discrete manganese oxide nanoprojections are embedded in the solid electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 9,384,901

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR USE AT HIGH TEMPERATURES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a casing that defines an opening and a sidewall surrounding an interior, wherein the casing contains an anodically oxidized
metal substrate having a dielectric layer with a thickness of from about 10 nanometers to about 500 nanometers, wherein the
metal substrate is coated with an electrochemically active material;

an anode positioned within the interior of the casing, wherein the anode is formed from an anodically oxidized sintered porous
body, the anode comprising an anode lead extending therefrom; and

a fluid working electrolyte that is in electrical contact with the anode and the electrochemically active material.

US Pat. No. 9,343,828

PUSH BUTTON POWER POKE HOME CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Myrtle ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an insulated body comprising an opening, wherein the insulated body is configured to receive a wire through the opening;
a conductive contact disposed in the insulated body, wherein the conductive contact is configured to:
contact the wire; and
secure the wire through a compression force exerted on the wire; and
a button disposed on the insulated body, wherein the button has a neutral position and a depressed position, and wherein the
button in the depressed position is configured to reduce the compression force exerted on the wire; and

wherein the button comprises a main portion and a prong portion, the at least one prong portion including:
a first prong section having a first width; and
a second prong section extending from the first prong section, wherein the second prong section has a second width, and wherein
the second width is greater than the first width, and

wherein the conductive contact comprises a groove that is of a sufficient width to accommodate the first width of the first
prong section, but wherein the sufficient width cannot accommodate the second width of the second prong section.

US Pat. No. 9,053,861

WET CAPACITOR CATHODE CONTAINING A CONDUCTIVE COATING FORMED ANODIC ELECTROCHEMICAL POLYMERIZATION OF A COLLOIDAL SUSPENSION

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode comprising a sintered porous anode body that is coated with a dielectric;
a cathode that comprises a metal substrate over which is disposed a conductive polymer coating, wherein the conductive polymer
coating is formed by electrolytic polymerization of a colloidal suspension, the colloidal suspension comprising a precursor
monomer, ionic surfactant, and sulfonic acid; and

a fluid working electrolyte in communication with the anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,866,193

PARALLEL RC CIRCUIT EQUALIZERS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

12. A parallel RC circuit equalizer having relatively increased resonance frequency and useful frequency range, comprising:
a monolithic substrate having at least a top surface and at least one pair of opposing lateral edges along said top surface
of said substrate, said substrate being elongated along said opposing lateral edges thereof and having respective opposite
end edges;

a capacitor mounted on said top surface of said substrate;
a resistor supported on said substrate top surface and connected in parallel with said capacitor;
a pair of respective waveguide elements connected with said capacitor and said resistor, and supported on said top surface
of said substrate so as to extend respectively to said respective opposite end edges of said substrate; and

a pair of ground electrodes positioned on said top surface of said substrate and respectively extending along at least a portion
of said opposing lateral edges of said top surface of said substrate;

wherein such arrangement of said elements and said electrodes results in reduced equivalent series inductance of said capacitor,
which relatively increases the resonance frequency and useful frequency range of the resistor and capacitor combined circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,466,893

SINGLE ELEMENT WIRE TO BOARD CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
a single conductive contact element defining a cage structure, wherein the single conductive contact element comprises:
an insert end having an inlet opening for receipt of a wire;
a contact end, wherein the insert end and the contact end are positioned along a longitudinal centerline axis of the cage
structure; and

a first contact tine extending from a first wall of the cage structure and defining a contact pinch point at the contact end,
wherein the first contact tine is biased toward the centerline axis of the cage structure in an insertion direction of the
wire into the cage structure;

a wire guide extending from a second wall of the cage structure that is substantially perpendicular to the first wall of the
cage structure, wherein the wire guide is angled toward the centerline axis of the cage structure and extends only a portion
of a distance along the insertion direction between the second wall of the cage structure and the contact pinch point; and

a contact surface defined by at least one of the second wall or a third wall of the cage structure, wherein the contact surface
is configured for electrical connection with a respective contact element on an opposing electrical component.

US Pat. No. 9,306,297

INTERLOCKING POKE HOME CONTACT

AVX CORPORATION, Myrtle ...

1. A single element electrical connector configured for connecting wires to a component, the connector comprising:
a single conductive contact element formed into a cage structure having a wire insert end and a wire contact end along a longitudinal
centerline axis of the connector, wherein the wire insert end is opposite the wire contact end;

wherein the cage structure comprises a wall structure at the wire insert end defining an inlet opening for a wire, the wall
structure defining an upper pick-up surface, wherein the wall structure comprises a plurality of walls bent into a box-like
structure that encloses a perimeter of a volume configured to receive the wire, wherein a first wall of the plurality of walls
comprises a tab that extends into a recess in a second wall of the plurality of walls;

wherein the cage structure further comprises a pair of contact tines defining a contact pinch point for an exposed core of
the wire; and

a contact surface defined by a member of the cage structure, wherein the contact surface is configured to form an electrical
and physical connection with a respective contact element on the component.

US Pat. No. 9,275,799

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING AN IMPROVED ANODE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode containing a sintered porous anode body that extends in a longitudinal direction and is coated with a dielectric,
wherein the anode body contains a sidewall positioned between a proximal end and an opposing distal end, wherein a longitudinally
extending channel is recessed into the sidewall, wherein the channel has an aspect ratio of from about 10 to about 200;

a fluid electrolyte; and
a cathode that contains a substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,166,325

SINGLE ELEMENT WIRE TO BOARD CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A single element electrical connector configured for connecting wires to a component, the connector comprising:
a single conductive contact element formed into a cage structure having a wire insert end and a wire contact end along a longitudinal
centerline axis of the connector, wherein the wire insert end is opposite the wire contact end;

wherein the cage structure comprises:
a wall structure at the wire insert end defining an inlet opening for a wire, and wherein the wall structure comprises a plurality
of walls bent into a box-like structure; and

two or more contact tines biased toward the centerline axis downstream of the wall structure in an insertion direction of
the wire into the connector, wherein the two or more contact tines define a contact pinch point for an exposed core of the
wire;

release tabs extending from a forward-most portion of the two or more contact tines, wherein the release tabs are configured
for engagement by a tool to separate the two or more contact tines to remove a wire inserted into the connector, wherein the
release tabs extend generally parallel to the centerline axis, and wherein at least one of the release tabs extends less than
an entire distance across the forward-most portion of a respective contact tine; and

a contact surface defined by a member of the cage structure for electrical mating contact with a respective contact element
on the component.

US Pat. No. 9,136,641

SINGLE ELEMENT WIRE TO BOARD CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A single element electrical connector comprising:
a conductive contact element comprising a contact surface, wherein the conductive contact element comprises:
an insert end comprising an inlet opening;
a contact end; and
two or more contact tines biased towards a centerline axis of the conductive contact element downstream of the wire insert
end in an insertion direction into the conductive contact element, wherein the two or more contact tines define a contact
pinch point, wherein at least one of the two or more contact tines each comprises a first release tab and a second release
tab configured to enable selective separation of the two or more contact tines, wherein the first and second release tabs
extend from a forward-most portion of the at least one of the two or more contact tines, and wherein the first release tab
is spaced apart from the second release tab on the at least one of the two or more contact tines such that a gap is formed
between the first release tab and the second release tab.

US Pat. No. 9,053,854

ULTRAHIGH VOLTAGE SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of forming an ultrahigh voltage solid electrolytic capacitor element, the method comprising:
anodically oxidizing a sintered porous anode body at a forming voltage of about 300 volts or more and at a temperature of
from about 10° C. to about 70° C. to form an anode that contains a dielectric coating on the anode body, wherein the anode
body is formed from a powder than contains tantalum, niobium, or an electrically conductive oxide thereof; and

applying a dispersion of conductive polymer particles to the anode to form a solid electrolyte, wherein the conductive polymer
particles include a substituted polythiophene.

US Pat. No. 9,865,401

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR, AND SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a sintered molded body formed of a valve acting metal powder;
a dielectric oxide film formed on the sintered body;
a solid electrolytic layer formed on the surface of the dielectric oxide film, wherein the solid electrolytic layer comprises
protrusions that cover 1 to 20% of the surface of the dielectric film and have an average diameter of 10 to 102 nanometers,
wherein the protrusions include manganese dioxide, and wherein the solid electrolytic layer further comprises a conductive
polymer layer formed on a surface of the protrusions and the dielectric oxide film.

US Pat. No. 9,589,733

STABLE SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A NANOCOMPOSITE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising an anode body, a dielectric that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte
that overlies the dielectric, wherein the solid electrolyte contains an inner layer and an outer layer, wherein the outer
layer includes a nanocomposite that contains a plurality of nanofibrils and a conductive polymer matrix, the nanofibrils having
a number average cross-sectional dimension of about 500 nanometers or less and an aspect ratio of from about 25 to about 500,
wherein the conductive polymer matrix contains pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles, wherein the inner layer comprises
conductive polymer particles, and wherein a ratio of an average size of the pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles of
the outer layer to an average size of conductive polymer particles of the inner layer is from about 1.5 to about 30.

US Pat. No. 9,437,366

METHOD FOR LASER ADJUSTABLE THIN FILM CAPACITORS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of making a capacitor array configured for post production in-situ laser trimmable use, for adjustment of the
resulting capacitance value thereof while such capacitor array is in operation in a circuit, such method comprising:
providing a substrate;
forming a first metallization layer on the substrate and having a first portion thereof providing a respective connection
portion for a first terminal and providing a plurality of common electrode areas, and having a second portion thereof providing
a respective connection portion for a second terminal;

forming a dielectric layer on the first metallization layer and having respective first and second windows formed therein
and aligned for respective association with such first and second terminal connection portions of the such first metallization
layer;

forming a second metallization layer on such dielectric layer and having respective first and second terminal connection portions
thereof aligned with corresponding such portions of the first metallization layer, and having a plurality of second electrode
layers for correspondence with selected portions of such common electrode areas of the first metallization layer, and having
a respective plurality of fusible links which are respectively ablatable by laser irradiation and associated respectively
with such second electrode layers for fusibly connecting such second electrode layers with a selected one of such first and
second terminal connections portions of the second metallization layer;

forming a laser radiation transparent passivation layer over the second metallization layer and having respective first and
second windows formed therein and aligned for respective association with such first and second terminal connection portions
of the second metallization layer; and

providing termination plating received in such first and second windows of such passivation layer and interconnected with
the first metallization layer via such respective windows of such dielectric layer and of such passivation layer, and via
such respective first and second terminal connection portions of the second metallization layer; and

adjusting the resulting capacitance value of such capacitor array with laser ablation through such passivation layer of selected
fusible links while such capacitor array is operative in a circuit, for precise trimming of such capacitor array capacitance
value.

US Pat. No. 9,236,192

MOISTURE RESISTANT SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:
a capacitor element comprising a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric layer that overlies the anode body, and a solid
electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer; and

a multi-layered casing within which the capacitor element is positioned, wherein the casing contains an encapsulant layer
that overlies the capacitor element and a moisture barrier layer that overlies the encapsulant layer, the encapsulant layer
containing a thermoset resin, wherein the thermoset resin is an epoxy resin, and the moisture barrier layer containing a hydrophobic
material, wherein the hydrophobic material includes an elastomer, wherein the elastomer is a silicone containing one or more
fluorinated hydrocarbon groups.

US Pat. No. 9,183,991

ELECTRO-POLYMERIZED COATING FOR A WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode formed from an anodically oxidized sintered porous body;
a fluidic working electrolyte; and
a casing within which the anode and working electrolyte are positioned, wherein the casing contains a conductive coating disposed
on a surface of a metal substrate, the conductive coating containing:

a discontinuous precoat layer that contains a plurality of discrete projections of a conductive material deposited over the
surface of the metal substrate in a spaced-apart fashion so that the projections cover from about 5% to about 80% of the surface
of the metal substrate; and

a conductive polymer layer that overlies the discontinuous precoat layer, wherein the conductive polymer layer is formed by
electrolytic polymerization of a colloidal suspension that includes a precursor monomer.

US Pat. No. 9,450,556

THIN FILM SURFACE MOUNT COMPONENTS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A surface mount component, comprising:
at least one thin film circuit device including at least one passive component received between first and second insulating
substrates which form external surfaces of said surface mount component, and with said at least one thin film circuit device
positioned away from edges of said insulating substrates so as to not be exposed to an external surface of said surface mount
component;

first and second internal conductive pads, received between said insulating substrates and respectively aligned with edges
of said insulating substrates so as to be exposed to an external surface of said surface mount component; and

first and second electrical connectors received between said first and second insulating substrates, and respectively connecting
said pads with said thin film circuit device.

US Pat. No. 9,240,285

MULTI-NOTCHED ANODE FOR ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor that comprises a capacitor element, the capacitor element comprising:
a sintered, porous anode body having a plurality of notches located on one or more exterior surfaces of the anode body, wherein
each notch is defined by a first wall and an opposing second wall, wherein the first wall and the second wall each have a
convex shape, wherein the first wall and the second wall an apex and a base, further wherein an angle formed from an intersection
of a first tangent line for the first wall and a second tangent line for the second wall ranges from about 20° to about 40°,
wherein a tangent point for the first tangent line is drawn at a midpoint between the apex and the base of the first wall
and a tangent point for the second tangent line is drawn at a midpoint between the apex and the base of the second wall, further
wherein each notch has a depth of from about 0.050 millimeters to about 0.250 millimeters;

a dielectric overlying the anode body;
a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric, wherein the solid electrolyte contains a first conductive polymer layer; and
an external coating that overlies the solid electrolyte and contains a carbonaceous layer and a metal layer that overlies
the carbonaceous layer.

US Pat. No. 9,224,541

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR USE IN HIGH VOLTAGE AND HIGH TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:
a capacitor element comprising an anode formed from a sintered porous tantalum body and a dielectric, wherein a solid electrolyte
overlies the anode that includes a layer in direct contact with the dielectric that is formed from poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)
particles and a polymeric counterion, wherein the layer is generally free of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) formed via in
situ polymerization;

a housing that defines an interior space within which the capacitor element is positioned and hermetically sealed, wherein
the housing comprises opposing first and second sidewalls and a lower wall, wherein the sidewalls include a metal, wherein
the interior space has a gaseous atmosphere that contains an inert gas, wherein the inert gas includes nitrogen, helium, argon,
xenon, neon, krypton, radon, or a combination thereof, and wherein inert gases constitute from about 50 wt. % to 100 wt. %
of the gaseous atmosphere;

an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body; and
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte, wherein the capacitor assembly exhibits
a breakdown voltage of about 60 volts or more.

US Pat. No. 9,870,868

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR USE IN A SUBCUTANEOUS IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER-DEFIBRILLATOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a casing that contains a cylindrical sidewall, wherein the cylindrical sidewall defines an inner surface that surrounds an
interior;

first and second outer anodes positioned within the interior of the casing, wherein the first outer anode has a radiused sidewall
and an opposing planar sidewall and the second outer anode has a radiused sidewall and an opposing planar sidewall;

a central anode positioned within the interior of the casing between the first and second outer anodes, wherein the central
anode contains opposing first and second outer sidewalls intersecting with opposing first and second inner sidewalls, wherein
the first and second inner sidewalls are planar, wherein the first planar inner sidewall of the central anode faces the planar
sidewall of the first outer anode and wherein the second planar inner sidewall of the central anode faces the planar sidewall
of the second outer anode;

at least one cathode positioned within the interior of the casing that contains an electrochemically-active material; and
a working electrolyte that is in electrical contact with the anodes and the electrochemically-active material.

US Pat. No. 9,576,743

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR WITH INTEGRATED FUSE ASSEMBLY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid tantalum capacitor comprising:
a capacitor body having a tantalum wire lead and a recess;
a fuse assembly that includes a fuse with two terminations and an adhesive material for securing the fuse in the recess;
a connection assembly that includes an electrically conductive material that connects one of the fuse terminations to the
capacitor body;

a plating that coats the terminations and conductive material; and
a conformal coating that encases at least the capacitor body.

US Pat. No. 9,214,285

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR WITH ENHANCED MECHANICAL STABILITY UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:
a capacitor element comprising an anode formed from an anodically oxidized, sintered porous body and a solid electrolyte coating
the anode;

a housing that defines an interior cavity within which the capacitor element is positioned and hermetically sealed, wherein
the housing contains a surface having a dimension in a longitudinal direction and a dimension in a transverse direction, the
surface further defining an outer periphery;

an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body, the anode termination containing an external anode
termination portion that is located adjacent to the surface of the housing,

a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte, the cathode termination containing an external
cathode termination portion that is located adjacent to the surface of the housing;

wherein the external anode termination portion, the external cathode termination portion, or both extend outwardly beyond
the outer periphery of the housing surface in the transverse direction by a first distance, wherein the ratio of the first
distance to the dimension of the housing surface in the transverse direction is from about 0.05 to about 3.0.

US Pat. No. 9,837,216

CARRIER WIRE FOR SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor, the solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a capacitor element, wherein the capacitor element comprises a sintered, porous anode body; a dielectric layer overlying the
sintered, porous anode body; and a cathode overlying the dielectric layer that includes a solid electrolyte; and

an anode lead assembly, wherein the anode lead assembly comprises a first anode lead having an embedded portion positioned
within the sintered, porous anode body and an external portion extending from a surface of the sintered, porous anode body
in a longitudinal direction, wherein the external portion of the first anode lead includes a first external portion and a
second external portion, wherein the second external portion includes a substantially planar surface, wherein the second external
portion has a width that is greater than a width of the first external portion; and a second anode lead positioned external
to the sintered, porous anode body, wherein the second anode lead comprises a first portion and a second portion, wherein
the first portion has a substantially planar surface, wherein the substantially planar surface of the first portion of the
second anode lead is connected to the substantially planar surface of the second external portion of the first anode lead;

wherein the second portion of the second anode lead has a height that is smaller than a height of the embedded portion of
the first anode lead, wherein the height of the second portion of the second anode lead is from about 10% to about 90% of
the height of the embedded portion of the first anode lead.

US Pat. No. 9,972,444

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR ELEMENT FOR USE IN DRY CONDITIONS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly that is hermetically sealed within a housing, wherein the housing defines an interior cavity within which the capacitor assembly is positioned, wherein the interior cavity has a dry, gaseous atmosphere having a relative humidity of about 10% or less, the capacitor assembly comprising a capacitor element that includes an anode that contains a dielectric formed on a sintered porous tantalum body and a solid electrolyte overlying the anode, wherein the sintered porous tantalum body is formed from a tantalum powder having a specific charge of from about 70,000 to about 800,000 ?F*V/g and having a granular shape and an aspect ratio of about 4 or less, wherein the solid electrolyte includes an intrinsically conductive polymer containing repeating units having the following formula (I):wherein,R is (CH2)a—O—(CH2)b;
a is from 0 to 10;
b is from 1 to 18;
Z is an anion;
X is a cation;
wherein the solid electrolyte contains one or more inner layers, the inner layer containing the intrinsically conductive polymer and being generally free of extrinsically conductive polymers; and
wherein the capacitor assembly exhibits a leakage current of about 100 microamps or less after being subjected to an applied voltage for 5 minutes.

US Pat. No. 9,847,203

LOW CURRENT FUSE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A fuse, comprising:
a substrate having respective top, bottom, side, and end surfaces;
an elongated fuse element formed on said top surface of said substrate;
a pair of contact pads integrally formed at opposed ends of said fuse element;
at least one inorganic passivation layer contacting and covering said fuse element and covering at least a portion of said
contact pads;

an adhesive layer comprising a metallic element;
wherein said adhesive layer is deposited between said fuse element and said passivation layer and at least a portion of the
adhesive layer is in direct contact with at least one of the fuse element and the contact pads;

first and second conductive electrodes coupled respectively to a top surface of each of said pair of contact pads; and
at least one conductive termination layer for each of said electrodes;
wherein said fuse element comprises a track of metal in the range of from 3 to 20 ?m wide and from 0.2 to 2 ?m thick, rated
at 0.025 to 0.125 amps, residing between said substrate and said passivation layer, and protected from ambient environment
while having improved support.

US Pat. No. 9,672,989

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A HUMID ATMOSPHERE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly that is in contact with an atmosphere having a relative humidity of about 40% or more, the capacitor
assembly comprising a capacitor element that includes an anode that contains a dielectric formed on a sintered porous body
and a solid electrolyte overlying the anode, wherein the solid electrolyte includes an intrinsically conductive polymer containing
repeating units having the following formula (I):
wherein,
R is (CH2)a—O—(CH2)b;

a is from 0 to 10;
b is from 1 to 18;
Z is an anion; and
X is a cation.

US Pat. No. 9,514,891

THIN WIRE/THICK WIRE LEAD ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor that comprises a capacitor element, the capacitor element comprising:
a sintered, porous anode body formed from a tantalum powder;
a first anode lead, wherein a first portion of the first anode lead is embedded within the porous anode body and a second
portion of the first anode lead extends from a surface of the porous anode body in a longitudinal direction;

a second anode lead, wherein the second anode lead is positioned external to the porous anode body;
a dielectric layer overlying the sintered porous anode body; and
a cathode overlying the dielectric layer that includes a solid electrolyte, wherein the solid electrolyte includes manganese
dioxide or a conductive polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,406,445

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR WITH ENHANCED WET-TO-DRY CAPACITANCE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a sintered porous anode having an external surface and an interior surface;
a dielectric layer that overlies the anode, wherein a first portion of the dielectric layer overlies the external surface
of the anode and a second portion of the dielectric layer overlies the interior surface of the anode, wherein the first portion
has a greater thickness than the second portion; and

a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer, wherein the solid electrolyte comprises a first layer that overlies the
dielectric layer and a second layer that overlies the first layer, the first layer containing a plurality of pre-polymerized
conductive polymer particles and the second layer containing a hydroxy-functional nonionic polymer and a plurality of pre-polymerized
conductive polymer particles.

US Pat. No. 9,876,323

HERMAPHRODITIC PIN AND SOCKET CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
an electrical contact comprising an insert end, a wire contact portion, and a connector contact portion;
wherein the insert end comprises one or more walls that define an inlet opening configured to receive a wire;
wherein the wire contact portion is connected to the insert end, wherein the wire contact portion comprises a contact tine
coupled to at least one of the one or more walls at the insert end, wherein the contact tine is configured to form an electrical
connection with the wire, and wherein the contact tine is angled from a first wall of the one or more walls toward a base
of the wire contact portion to direct the wire toward the base of the wire contact portion; and

wherein the connector contact portion is conductively coupled to the wire contact portion, and wherein the connector contact
portion comprises a male contact prong and a female contact socket.

US Pat. No. 9,536,673

TEMPERATURE STABLE SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a sintered porous anode;
a dielectric layer that overlies the anode body; and
a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer, wherein the solid electrolyte comprises a first layer that overlies the
dielectric layer and includes an in situ polymerized conductive polymer and a second layer that overlies the first layer,
wherein the second layer includes a plurality of pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles and a separate hydroxy-functional
nonionic polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,842,704

LOW ESR ANODE LEAD TAPE FOR A SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor, the solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a capacitor element, wherein the capacitor element comprises a sintered, porous anode body; a dielectric layer overlying the
sintered, porous anode body; and a cathode overlying the dielectric layer that includes a solid electrolyte; and

an anode lead assembly, wherein the anode lead assembly comprises an anode lead tape having an embedded portion positioned
within the sintered, porous anode body and an external portion extending from a surface of the sintered, porous anode body
in a longitudinal direction, wherein the anode lead tape has a width and a height, wherein the ratio of the width of the anode
lead tape to the height of the anode lead tape is from about 1.5 to about 10; and a carrier lead wire positioned external
to the sintered, porous anode body, wherein the carrier lead wire comprises a first portion and a second portion, wherein
the first portion has a width that is greater than a diameter of the second portion, wherein the first portion has a substantially
planar surface, wherein the substantially planar surface of the first portion of the carrier lead wire is connected to the
external portion of the anode lead tape, and wherein the width of the first portion of the carrier lead wire is smaller than
the width of the anode lead tape.

US Pat. No. 9,786,440

ANODE FOR USE IN A HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode that comprises a sintered porous pellet and a dielectric layer formed on the pellet, wherein the pellet contains
a first layer positioned adjacent to a second layer, wherein the first layer has a thickness greater than that of the second
layer, wherein a leadwire is embedded in the first layer of the pellet that extends therefrom in a longitudinal direction
and has a thickness of about 0.1 millimeter or more, wherein the first layer and the second layer are contiguous along a length
of the anode;

a cathode that comprises a metal substrate coated with a conductive coating; and
a fluidic working electrolyte in communication with the anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,666,366

METHOD OF MAKING MULTI-LAYER ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS WITH PLATED TERMINATIONS

AVX Corporation, Myrtle ...

1. A method of making a multi-layer electronic component, comprising the steps of:
providing a plurality of insulating substrates each having an upper and a lower surface, said substrates each being delimited
laterally by edges;

interleaving a plurality of electrodes between selected of said plurality of insulating substrates;
exposing selected portions of said electrodes along at least one edge of said substrates;
providing anchor tabs interleaved at selected locations between the insulating substrates and positioned such that they are
not in direct contact with any of said plurality of electrodes;

exposing portions of said anchor tabs at selected edges of the insulating substrates; and
submersing the electronic component in a plating solution to deposit at least one layer of termination material directly on
said exposed portions of said electrodes and on said exposed portions of said anchor tabs until the exposed portions of selected
of said electrodes and anchor tabs are connected by the at least one layer of termination material;

wherein the step of plating is performed using an electroless process;
the electroless process comprises submersing the multi-layer electronic component in an electroless copper plating solution
to form a copper termination layer; and

the method further comprises the step of covering the copper termination layer with a resistive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,754,730

LOW PROFILE MULTI-ANODE ASSEMBLY IN CYLINDRICAL HOUSING

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:
a plurality of capacitor elements that each contain a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric layer that overlies the anode
body, and a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer, wherein an anode lead extends from each capacitor element; and

a metal cylindrical housing comprising a lid and a base, wherein the lid has a diameter in a ?x direction and the metal cylindrical
housing has a height in a ?z direction, wherein the ratio of the diameter to the height ranges from about 1.5 to about 20,
wherein the metal cylindrical housing is hermetically sealed and defines an interior cavity within which the plurality of
capacitor elements are arranged in a single plane about a central axis running along the ?z direction, wherein the anode lead
of each capacitor element extends towards the central axis, wherein the anode lead of each capacitor element is joined to
a single connecting wire, wherein the single connecting wire is joined to an anode termination, wherein the anode termination
extends through the base.

US Pat. No. 9,625,130

TWO PART SURFACE MOUNT LED STRIP CONNECTOR AND LED ASSEMBLY

AVX CORPORATION, Myrtle ...

1. A light assembly comprising:
a first printed circuit board (PCB) including:
a first light emitting element;
a first electrically-conductive pad comprising an electrically-conductive flat surface parallel to a surface of the first
PCB; and

a socket component positioned at an end of the first PCB, wherein the socket component includes:
an insulative body having a recess formed therein; and
a first electrical contact having a first section formed adjacent to the surface of the first PCB and a second section extending
within the recess, wherein the first section is electrically connected to the first electrically-conductive pad;

a second electrical contact spaced apart from the first electrical contact by a separation distance corresponding to a distance
between the first electrically-conductive pad on the surface of the first PCB and a second electrically-conductive pad on
the surface of the first PCB;

wherein the first electrical contact is U-shaped, and wherein the first section of the first electrical contact is defined
by a leg of the U-shaped first electrical contact that extends through an opening in a body of the socket component to a bottom
surface of the body of the socket component and

a second PCB coupled to the first PCB, wherein the second PCB includes:
a second light emitting element;
a third electrically-conductive pad; and
a plug component positioned at the end of the second PCB, wherein the plug component includes:
a plug member extending outward from the end of the second PCB; and
a third electrical contact having a first section formed adjacent a surface of the second PCB and a third section positioned
on a surface of the plug member, wherein the first section is electrically connected to the third electrically-conductive
pad.

US Pat. No. 9,774,122

CAGED POKE HOME CONTACT

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A single element connector, the single element connector comprising:
a first cage-like structure configured to receive a wire; and
a single contact tine coupled to a top wall of the first cage-like structure, wherein the single contact tine extends downward
from the top wall toward a base of the single element connector, and wherein the single contact tine is configured to direct
the wire toward the base of the single element connector;

wherein the first cage-like structure further comprises a bottom wall, a first side wall, and a second side wall, wherein
the bottom wall is on a same side of the first cage-like structure as the base, and wherein the bottom wall of the first cage-like
structure comprises two bent over extensions of each respective first and second side wall of the first cage-like structure.

US Pat. No. 9,767,964

MULTI-ANODE SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:
a housing having a lower wall and side walls that define an interior cavity having a gaseous atmosphere that contains an inert
gas;

a first capacitor element having a front surface and a major surface juxtaposed adjacent to a second capacitor element having
a front surface and a major surface, wherein the first and second capacitor elements are positioned in the interior cavity,
each of the capacitor elements comprising an anode formed from an anodically oxidized, sintered porous body and a solid electrolyte
overlying the anode, wherein each capacitor element further comprises an anode lead that extends in a lateral direction from
the front surface, wherein the anode lead is positioned within the interior cavity of the housing, wherein the major surface
of each of the capacitor elements is connected to the lower wall of the housing, wherein the major surface of the first capacitor
element and the major surface of the second capacitor element are generally coplanar, and wherein the front surface of the
first capacitor element and the front surface of the second capacitor element are generally coplanar;

an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode lead of each of the capacitor elements, wherein the anode
termination has a first component positioned within the housing that is connected to the first capacitor element, a separate
second component positioned within the housing that is connected to the second capacitor element, wherein the first component
is not in contact with the second capacitor element and the second component is not in contact with the first capacitor element,
and a third component located external to the housing, wherein the third component is common to both the first and second
capacitor elements and is separated from the first and second components by the lower wall of the housing, and wherein the
first component is adjacent to the front surface of the first capacitor element and the second component is adjacent to the
front surface of the second capacitor element; and

a cathode termination in contact with the lower wall of the housing that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte
of each of the capacitor elements,

wherein the cathode termination comprises at least one region external to the housing, wherein the major surface of each of
the capacitor elements is generally parallel to the external region of the cathode termination, and wherein the major surface
of each of the capacitor elements has a surface area equal to or greater than a surface area of each surface of the respective
capacitor element directly connected to the major surface.

US Pat. No. 9,722,568

THIN FILM SURFACE MOUNT COMPONENTS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of forming thin film surface mount components, comprising:
forming a plurality of thin film circuits on a first insulating substrate, wherein each of the thin film circuits include
at least one passive component;

providing respective first and second conductive pads on said first insulating substrate, associated with each of said thin
film circuits, and respectively electrically connected thereto;

positioning a second insulating substrate over said plurality of thin film circuits, so as to form an intermediate assembly;
and

selectively dicing said assembly so as to form discrete components that each include:
at least one thin film circuit that is positioned away from edges of the first and second insulating substrates so as not
to be exposed to an external surface of the discrete component;

at least a portion of said respective first and second conductive pads associated with each thin film circuit that is aligned
with the edges of the insulating substrates such that the conductive pads are exposed along at least one surface of the respective
discrete component; and

first and second electrical connectors between the first and second insulating substrates and the electrical connectors connecting
the conductive pads with each thin film circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,768,527

SINGLE ELEMENT WIRE TO BOARD CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An electrical connector comprising:
a conductive contact element comprising a plurality of contact surfaces, wherein the conductive contact element comprises:
an insert end comprising an inlet opening;
a contact end opposite the insert end; and
a first contact tine and a second contact tine each biased toward a centerline axis of the conductive contact element downstream
of the wire insert end in an insertion direction into the conductive contact element, wherein the first and second contact
tines define a contact pinch point, wherein at least one of the first or second contact tines comprises a first release tab
and a second release tab configured to enable selective separation of the two or more contact tines.

US Pat. No. 9,755,609

THIN FILM SURFACE MOUNT COMPONENTS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. An integrated thin film surface mount electronic component having at least two separate devices, comprising:
a first thin film circuit device received on a base insulating substrate and that is positioned away from edges of the base
insulating substrate so as not to be exposed to an external surface of the surface mount electronic component;

an insulating layer received on said first thin film circuit device;
a second thin film circuit device received on said insulating layer and that is positioned away from edges of the base insulating
substrate so as not to be exposed to an external surface of the surface mount electronic component;

a cover insulating substrate received on said second thin film circuit device;
at least a pair of internal conductive pads, received on said base insulating substrate and said insulating layer, respectively,
situated at least in part between said base insulating substrate and said cover insulating substrate, and exposed to an external
surface of said surface mount electronic component; and

at least a pair of electrical connectors, respectively connecting said pair of pads with said thin film circuit device.

US Pat. No. 9,705,234

MODULAR ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF MAKING

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A method for producing an electrical connector, comprising:
inserting a first modular contact assembly into a first receptacle space of a header component, wherein the first receptacle
space is defined within the header component; and

inserting a second modular contact assembly into a second receptacle space of the header component, wherein the first modular
contact assembly and the second modular contact assembly have a same perimeter size and different contact element configurations,
and wherein a combination of the first modular contact assembly and the second modular contact assembly create a desired contact
pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,734,952

NONIONIC SURFACTANT FOR USE IN A SOLID ELECTROLYTE OF AN ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a sintered porous anode;
a dielectric layer that overlies the anode body;
a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer, wherein the solid electrolyte contains a first layer comprising pre-polymerized
conductive polymer particles and a second layer that overlies the first layer, wherein the second layer is formed from a blend
comprising pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles and a nonionic surfactant having a hydrophilic/lipophilic balance
(“HLB”) of from about 10 to about 20 and a molecular weight of from about 100 to about 10,000 grams per mole, and wherein
the nonionic surfactant has a hydrophobic base and a hydrophilic chain that contains alkoxy moieties and wherein the concentration
of nonionic surfactants in the first layer is about 2 wt. % or less; and

an external polymer coating overlying the solid electrolyte, wherein the external polymer coating contains a plurality of
pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles, and wherein a ratio of an average size of the pre-polymerized conductive polymer
particles employed in the external polymer coating to an average size of the pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles
employed in the second layer of the solid electrolyte is from about 1.5 to about 30.

US Pat. No. 9,776,281

NOTCHED LEAD WIRE FOR A SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor that comprises a capacitor element, the capacitor element comprising:
a sintered, porous anode body having a width and a height;
an anode lead wire having a thickness that is at least about 10% of the height of the porous anode body, wherein the anode
lead wire has a first portion positioned within the anode body and has a second portion extending from a surface of the anode
body in a longitudinal direction, the second portion having a notched region, wherein the notched region includes a single
indentation aligned perpendicular to the longitudinal direction in which the second portion of the anode lead extends, wherein
the anode lead has a uniform thickness except at the indentation, wherein the notched region has a thickness that is from
about 20% to about 90% of the thickness of the anode lead wire;

a dielectric layer overlying the sintered porous anode body;
a cathode overlying the dielectric layer that includes a solid electrolyte; and
an anode termination having an upstanding portion and a planar portion, wherein the anode lead wire is welded to the upstanding
portion of the anode termination at the indentation, wherein the upstanding portion is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction
in which the anode lead wire extends.

US Pat. No. 9,767,963

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR WITH AN ULTRAHIGH CAPACITANCE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode that contains a dielectric formed on a sintered porous body, wherein the sintered porous body is formed from a valve
metal powder having a specific charge of about 100,000 microFarads*Volts per gram or more; and

a solid electrolyte overlying the anode, wherein the solid electrolyte includes an intrinsically conductive polymer containing
repeating units having the following formula (I):


wherein, R is (CH2)a-O—(CH2)b;
a is from 0 to 10;
b is from 1 to 18;
Z is SO3; and

X is an alkali metal;
wherein the solid electrolyte is formed from multiple layers, at least one of which contains the intrinsically conductive
polymer;

wherein the solid electrolyte contains an inner layer and an outer layer, the inner layer containing the intrinsically conductive
polymer;

wherein the inner layer is free of extrinsically conductive polymers.

US Pat. No. 9,824,826

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING CONDUCTIVE POLYMER PARTICLES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode body;
a dielectric that overlies the anode body;
an adhesion coating that overlies the dielectric, wherein the adhesion coating contains a discontinuous precoat layer that
contains a plurality of discrete nanoprojections of a manganese dioxide;

a solid electrolyte that overlies the adhesive coating and includes an inner conductive polymer layer and an outer conductive
polymer layer, at least one of which is formed from a dispersion of pre-polymerized particles; and

an external polymer coating overlying the solid electrolyte, wherein the external polymer coating contains a plurality of
pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles, and wherein a ratio of an average size of the pre-polymerized conductive polymer
particles, particles employed in the external polymer coating to an average size of the particles employed in any dispersion
of the solid electrolyte is from about 1.5 to about 30,

wherein one or more discrete manganese dioxide nanoprojections are embedded in the solid electrolyte; and
wherein the manganese dioxide nanoprojections have an average size of from about 5 nanometers to about 500 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,033,346

WIRE-BOND TRANSMISSION LINE RC CIRCUIT

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

11. A wire-bond transmission line RC circuit, comprising:a monolithic substrate having a top surface, a bottom surface, and opposing first and second longitudinal ends;
a capacitor supported on said substrate top surface and having a first electrode, and a second electrode at least partially overlapping said first electrode so as to define an electrode overlap area there between, said capacitor further comprising a dielectric layer received in at least part of said electrode overlap area;
a pair of wire bond pads, supported on said substrate top surface respectively at said first and second longitudinal ends thereof, and coupled respectively with said first and second electrodes of said capacitor; and
a thin-film resistor connected in parallel with said capacitor;
wherein said thin-film resistor comprises a layer of resistive material received in said electrode overlap area and formed to provide a determined resistive value for selectively tailoring the frequency response of said RC circuit over the circuit's useful frequency range.

US Pat. No. 9,892,862

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A PRE-COAT LAYER

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode body formed from an electrically conductive powder, wherein the powder has a specific charge of about 70,000 ?F*V/g
or more;

a dielectric that overlies the anode body;
an adhesion coating that overlies the dielectric, wherein the adhesion coating includes a discontinuous precoat layer and
contains a plurality of discrete nanoprojections of a manganese oxide; and

a solid electrolyte that overlies the dielectric and includes a conductive polymer layer,
wherein at least one of the discrete manganese oxide nanoprojections is embedded in the solid electrolyte, and
wherein the manganese oxide nanoprojections have an average size of from about 5 nanometers to about 500 nanometers; and
wherein the capacitor exhibits a normalized leakage current of about 0.2 ?A/?F*V or less.

US Pat. No. 9,972,442

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:an anode that includes a wire assembly containing two or more individual wires oriented in a first direction and two or more individual wires oriented in a second direction, the first direction not being equal to the second direction, wherein the two or more wires oriented in the first direction and the two or more wires oriented in the second direction are individually attached to a particulate material, wherein the particulate material is sintered and formed from a valve metal composition, and wherein the two or more wires oriented in the first direction and the two or more wires oriented in the second direction form a conductive mesh across a width and length of the anode;
a cathode; and
a fluidic working electrolyte in communication with the anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,905,368

MULTIPLE LEADWIRES USING CARRIER WIRE FOR LOW ESR ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor, the solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a capacitor element, wherein the capacitor element comprises a sintered, porous anode body; a dielectric layer overlying the
sintered, porous anode body; and a cathode overlying the dielectric layer that includes a solid electrolyte;

a first anode lead having an embedded portion positioned within the sintered, porous anode body and an external portion extending
longitudinally from a surface of the sintered, porous anode body in an x-direction;

a second anode lead having an embedded portion positioned within the sintered, porous anode body and an external portion extending
longitudinally from a surface of the sintered, porous anode body in an x-direction;

a carrier wire positioned external to the sintered, porous anode body, wherein a first portion of the carrier wire is connected
to the external portion of the first anode lead and the external portion of the second anode lead, further wherein a second
portion of the carrier wire extends longitudinally away from the surface of the sintered, porous anode body in the x-direction
such that the second portion of the carrier wire is parallel to the first anode lead and the second anode lead, wherein the
second portion of the carrier wire has a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the first anode lead and a diameter of
the second anode lead, wherein a ratio of the diameter of either the first anode lead or the diameter of the second anode
lead to the diameter of the carrier wire ranges from about 1.1 to about 5; and

an anode termination, wherein the second portion of the carrier wire is connected to the anode termination.

US Pat. No. 10,020,116

PLATED TERMINATIONS

AVX Corporation, Myrtle ...

1. A method of making a multi-layer electronic component, comprising the steps of:providing a plurality of dielectric layers, each dielectric layer being delimited laterally by edges;
interleaving a plurality of internal electrode elements among selected of said plurality of dielectric layers, such that selected portions of said plurality of internal electrode elements extend to and are exposed along at least one edge of said plurality of dielectric layers, said interleaved combination of electrode elements and dielectric layers forming a monolithic assembly characterized by respective opposing major surfaces thereof;
providing a plurality of internal anchor tabs interleaved among selected of said plurality of dielectric layers and exposed along selected edges of said plurality of dielectric layers;
configuring said plurality of internal electrode elements in a generally interdigitated configuration with multiple electrode tab portions extending from one or more selected sides of selected internal electrode elements such that the electrode tab portions are exposed at a predetermined number of multiple aligned columns at peripheral locations within a predetermined distance from each other of no more than about ten microns on the multi-layer electronic component;
applying at least a pair of plated terminations over selected of said multiple aligned columns, respectively, of exposed electrode tab portions so that a predetermined distance is formed between such plated terminations; and
wherein said monolithic assembly satisfies the structural relationship of T=about (¼) W, where a dimension of the assembly measured in a direction interconnecting lateral surfaces is W and a dimension thereof measured in a direction interconnecting opposing major surfaces thereof is T.

US Pat. No. 9,966,196

TANTALUM EMBEDDED MICROCHIP

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor, comprising:a sintered porous anode body;
a sintered anode substrate, wherein the sintered porous anode body is disposed on a planar surface of the sintered anode substrate, wherein the sintered porous anode body and the sintered anode substrate are formed from a powder of a valve metal composition, and further wherein the sintered anode substrate is impermeable to liquids;
a dielectric overlying at least a portion of the sintered porous anode body and at least a portion of the sintered anode substrate, further wherein the dielectric is formed within at least a portion of the sintered porous anode body;
a cathode overlying at least a portion of the dielectric that overlies the sintered porous anode body, the cathode including a solid electrolyte;
an anode termination that is electrically connected to the sintered anode substrate, wherein the anode termination is connected to a portion of a lower surface of the sintered anode substrate, wherein the portion of the lower surface of the sintered anode substrate is free from contact with the dielectric; and
a cathode termination that is electrically connected to the solid electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 9,928,963

THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE ENCAPSULANT MATERIAL FOR A CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:a housing;
a capacitor element that is hermetically sealed within the housing, wherein the capacitor element includes a sintered anode body, a dielectric overlying the anode body, and a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric; and
a thermally conductive material that completely encapsulates the capacitor element, wherein the thermally conductive material has a thermal conductivity of about 1 W/m-K or more as determined in accordance with ISO 22007-2:2014 and a volume resistivity of about 1×1012 ohm-cm or more as determined in accordance with ASTM D257-14;
wherein the thermally conductive material contains a thermally conductive filler that is dispersed within a polymer matrix;
wherein the polymer matrix constitutes from about 5 vol. % to about 75 vol. % of the thermally conductive material; and
wherein thermally conductive fillers constitute from about 25 vol. % to about 95 vol. % of the thermally conductive material.

US Pat. No. 9,916,935

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR WITH INCREASED VOLUMETRIC EFFICIENCY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a capacitor body comprising a sintered, porous anode body, a dielectric layer overlying at least a portion of the porous anode
body, and a cathode overlying at least a portion of the dielectric layer, the cathode including a solid electrolyte;

a metal plate that is electrically connected to the solid electrolyte via a conductive adhesive at a first surface of the
capacitor body, wherein the metal plate exists in a single plane and is parallel to the first surface of the capacitor body;

an anode lead, wherein a first portion of the anode lead is embedded within the porous anode body and a second portion of
the anode lead extends from an opposing second surface of the capacitor body in a longitudinal direction; and

an insulating layer that surrounds the capacitor body and the second portion of the anode lead, wherein a tip of the second
portion of the anode lead is substantially flush with a first exterior surface of the insulating layer, wherein one or more
conductive layers is in direct contact with the tip of the second portion of the anode lead, further wherein the one or more
conductive layers is also in direct contact with the first exterior surface of the insulating layer, wherein the conductive
adhesive is present only at the first surface of the capacitor body, wherein a portion of the first surface of the capacitor
body is not in contact with the conductive adhesive, further wherein the insulating layer is disposed between the portion
of the first surface of the capacitor body that is not in contact with the conductive adhesive and the metal plate.

US Pat. No. 9,892,860

CAPACITOR WITH COINED LEAD FRAME

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor, the solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
a capacitor element having a front surface, a rear surface, an upper surface, and a lower surface, wherein the capacitor element
comprises a sintered, porous anode body; a dielectric overlying the anode body; and a solid electrolyte cathode overlying
the dielectric, wherein an anode lead extends from the front surface of capacitor element in a longitudinal direction;

an anode termination having a planar portion and an upstanding portion, wherein the planar portion of the anode termination
has a first section and a second section, wherein the first section has a first thickness and the second section has a second
thickness, wherein the second thickness is less than the first thickness, wherein the first section is disposed between the
upstanding portion and the second section, wherein the second section is disposed beneath the lower surface of the capacitor
element, wherein the first section and the second section define a lower surface of the planar portion of the anode termination,
further wherein the anode lead and capacitor element are generally parallel with the planar portion of the anode termination;
and

a cathode termination having a planar portion and an upstanding portion, wherein the planar portion of the cathode termination
has a first section and a second section, wherein the first section has a first thickness and the second section has a second
thickness, wherein the second thickness is less than the first thickness, wherein the second section is located at an edge
of the planar portion of the cathode termination facing the planar portion of the anode termination, and wherein the first
section defines a lower surface of the planar portion of the cathode termination.

US Pat. No. 10,154,616

ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE FILTER FOR IMPLANTED ELECTRONICS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

30. An electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter system for use with an implantable medical device, comprising:a canister with a bushing for enclosing at least one end of the canister;
a plurality of external connection wires passing through the bushing and coupling with an upper termination area of an EMI filter, and for connection with external circuitry of the implantable medical device; and
a plurality of internal connection wires coupling with a bottom termination area of said EMI filter, and for connection with internal circuitry of the implantable medical device;
wherein the EMI filter includes:
a plurality of signal electrodes arranged in an array, wherein each signal electrode extends from a top surface to a bottom surface of the filter such that the plurality of signal electrodes are flush with the top and bottom surfaces of the filter;
a plurality of ground electrodes arranged in parallel to each other and interposed between the plurality of signal electrodes, and arranged so as to be connected to at least one location on each of the top and bottom surfaces of the filter; and
dielectric material disposed between the plurality of signal electrodes and the plurality of ground electrodes to act as insulator material between adjacent signal and ground electrodes, and to define a filter body having a length along a longitudinal axis thereof, a thickness between the top and bottom surfaces thereof, and a width in the axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and the thickness; and
the upper termination area comprises respective termination surfaces coupled with the plurality of signal electrodes and coupled with the plurality of ground electrodes, and the bottom termination area comprises respective termination surfaces coupled with the plurality of signal electrodes and coupled with the plurality of ground electrodes, so that the filter acts as a shielding element to prevent unwanted electromagnetic interference with an input and output of the implanted medical device;
each of said plurality of signal electrodes have a length dimension along the longitudinal axis of the filter which is less than one-half of the length of the filter along the longitudinal axis thereof; and
each of said plurality of ground electrodes have a length dimension along the longitudinal axis of the filter which is more than one-half of the length of the filter along the longitudinal axis thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,123,425

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR MODULE WITH IMPROVED PLANARITY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of assembling a solid electrolytic capacitor module having an upper module surface and a lower module surface, the method comprising:providing a plurality of active capacitors, each of the plurality of active capacitors comprising a capacitor element and an active capacitor case that encapsulates the capacitor element, wherein the active capacitor case includes an upper surface adjacent the upper module surface, a lower surface adjacent the lower module surface, opposing side surfaces, a front surface, and a rear surface;
providing a sacrificial capacitor, wherein the sacrificial capacitor comprises a sacrificial capacitor case, wherein the sacrificial capacitor case includes an upper surface, a lower surface, opposing side surfaces, a front surface, and a rear surface;
positioning the plurality of active capacitors on a planar surface so that the lower surface of each of the active capacitor cases is in contact with the planar surface, wherein the plurality of active capacitors are aligned along a horizontal direction so that the side surfaces of the active capacitor cases are parallel to each other; and
positioning the sacrificial capacitor adjacent one of the side surfaces of one of the plurality of active capacitors so that the lower surface of the sacrificial capacitor case is in contact with the planar surface, wherein the sacrificial capacitor is aligned along the horizontal direction so that the side surfaces of the sacrificial capacitor case and the side surfaces of the active capacitor cases are parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,116,067

SINGLE ELEMENT WIRE TO BOARD CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a contact element comprising:
an inlet opening;
a contact end opposite the inlet opening; and
a first contact tine and a second contact tine each biased toward a centerline axis of the contact element downstream of the inlet opening in an insertion direction into the contact element, wherein the first and second contact tines define a contact pinch point, and wherein the first contact tine comprises a plurality of tabs extending from a distal portion of the first contact tine.

US Pat. No. 10,192,952

MULTI-LAYER ELECTRONIC DEVICE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A multi-layer electronic device comprising:a ceramic layer having first and second longitudinal edges that extend in a lateral direction and having first and second lateral edges that extend in a longitudinal direction;
a first electrode layer disposed vertically over the ceramic layer, wherein the first electrode layer comprises a first electrode comprising a first tab portion extending to the first lateral edge of the ceramic layer, the first electrode defining a first cut-out region that is contained within a perimeter of the first electrode such that the first cut-out region is not open to any edge of the first electrode layer;
a second electrode layer disposed vertically beneath the ceramic layer and comprising a second electrode, wherein the second electrode comprises a second tab portion extending to the first lateral edge of the ceramic layer, the second electrode further defining a second cut-out region;
wherein the first tab portion of the first electrode is offset from the second tab portion of the second electrode in the longitudinal direction so that a first gap region is formed within which the first tab portion does not overlap the second tab portion, wherein the first cut-out region at least partially overlaps the second cut-out region, and further wherein the first cut-out region is elongated in the longitudinal direction with respect to the lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,014,108

LOW PROFILE MULTI-ANODE ASSEMBLY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:a plurality of capacitor elements that each contain a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric layer that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer, wherein an anode lead extends from each capacitor element, wherein each capacitor element is defined by upper and lower major surfaces, first opposing minor surfaces, and second opposing minor surfaces, wherein the upper and lower major surfaces each have a surface area that is greater than a surface area of each of the minor opposing surfaces;
a housing having a length, a width, and a height, wherein the ratio of the length to the height ranges from about 10 to about 80, wherein the housing is hermetically sealed and defines an interior cavity within which the plurality of capacitor elements are positioned, wherein the lower major face of each capacitor element faces a lower wall of the housing, wherein the lower wall is defined by the length and the width of the housing, wherein the capacitor elements are arranged in multiple parallel rows, and wherein each row of capacitor elements extends in a longitudinal direction along the length of the housing;
an external anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode lead of each capacitor element; and
an external cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte of each capacitor element;
wherein an encapsulant material completely encapsulates the plurality of capacitor elements.

US Pat. No. 9,991,055

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY FOR USE AT HIGH TEMPERATURES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly that is in contact with a hot atmosphere having a temperature of about 80° C. or more, the capacitor assembly comprising a capacitor element that includes an anode that contains a dielectric formed on a sintered porous body and a solid electrolyte overlying the anode, wherein the sintered porous body is formed from a valve metal powder having a specific charge of from about 70,000 to about 800,000 ?F*V/g and having a granular shape and an aspect ratio of about 4 or less, wherein the solid electrolyte includes an intrinsically conductive polymer containing repeating units having the following formula (I):
wherein,
R is (CH2)a—O—(CH2)b;
a is from 0 to 10;
b is from 1 to 18;
Z is an anion;
X is a cation, and
an external polymer coating that overlies the solid electrolyte, wherein the external polymer coating contains a plurality of pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles, and wherein a ratio of an average size of the particles employed in the external polymer coating to an average size of the particles employed in any dispersion of the solid electrolyte is from about 1.5 to about 30;
wherein the solid electrolyte contains one or more inner layers, the inner layers containing the intrinsically conductive polymer and being generally free of extrinsically conductive polymers; and
wherein a ratio of a capacitance value of the assembly after being exposed to the hot atmosphere for about 550 hours to a capacitance value of the assembly when initially exposed to the hot atmosphere is from about 0.7 to 1.0.

US Pat. No. 10,121,600

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR WITH IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AT HIGH VOLTAGES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method for forming a solid electrolytic capacitor, the method comprising:pressing a finely divided powder into the form of a pellet, wherein the powder has a specific charge of greater than about 30,000 ?F*V/g and contains particles having a three-dimensional shape;
sintering the pellet;
anodically oxidizing the sintered pellet to form a dielectric layer that overlies the anode; and
applying a dispersion of pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles to the dielectric layer; and
further comprising applying a layer over the dispersion, wherein the layer includes a hydroxy-functional nonionic polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,074,487

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR HAVING A HIGH CAPACITANCE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising: an anode that comprises a porous anode body and a dielectric layer, wherein the anode body is formed from a pressed and sintered valve metal powder having a specific charge of about 200,000 pF*V/g or more and a phosphorous content of about 150 parts per million or less; and a solid electrolyte overlying the anode wherein the capacitor exhibits a dissipation factor of about 65% or less, as determined at a frequency of 120 Hz; wherein the powder contains primary particles having a median size of from about 5 to about 250 nanometers; wherein the primary particles have an aspect ratio of about 4 or less; andwherein the primary particles have a granular, angular or nodular shape.

US Pat. No. 10,014,120

MANGANESE OXIDE CAPACITOR FOR USE IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising: a capacitor element comprising a dielectric coated anode body formed from an anodically oxidized, sintered porous body, and a solid electrolyte coating the anode, wherein the solid electrolyte comprises a manganese oxide, wherein the manganese oxide penetrates into the dielectric coated anode body and coats at least a portion of the dielectric coated anode body in a film; a housing that defines an interior cavity within which the capacitor element is positioned, wherein the interior cavity has a gaseous atmosphere that contains an inert gas; an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the dielectric coated anode body; and a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 10,660,238

ELECTRICALLY INSULATING THERMAL CONNECTOR HAVING A LOW THERMAL RESISTIVITY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A surface mount thermal connector comprising:an electrically insulating beam having a first end face at a first end and a second end face at a second end, the second end face opposite the first end face in an X direction, the beam having a width in a Y direction perpendicular to the X direction, the beam having a top face and a bottom face which is offset from the top face in a Z direction, the Z direction being perpendicular to each of the X and Y directions;
a first terminal attached to the bottom face and adjacent the first end;
a second terminal attached to the top face and adjacent the first end; and
a conductive trace formed on the electrically insulating beam and configured to provide electrical tuning;
wherein the connector has an overall thickness in the Z direction, including the first and second terminals, which is greater than 1.27 mm and less than 3.81 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,186,382

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR WITH IMPROVED LEAKAGE CURRENT

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising a capacitor element, the capacitor element comprising;a sintered porous anode body;
a dielectric that overlies the anode body;
a pre-coat layer that overlies the dielectric that includes an organometallic compound having the following general formula:

wherein,
M is an organometallic atom;
R1, R2, and R3 are independently an alkyl or a hydroxyalkyl, wherein at least one of R1, R2, and R3 is a hydroxyalkyl;
n is an integer from 0 to 8;
X is an organic or inorganic functional group;
a solid electrolyte that overlies the pre-coat layer, wherein the solid electrolyte contains pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles;
an external polymer coating that overlies the solid electrolyte and contains pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles and a cross-linking agent; and
wherein the capacitor assembly exhibits a leakage current of about 50 microamps or less alter being subjected to a rated voltage for 90 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,218,107

CAGED POKE HOME CONTACT

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A single element connector comprising:a first wire reception structure configured to receive a wire; and
a contact tine coupled to a first wall of the first wire reception structure, wherein the contact tine extends downward from the first wall toward a base of the single element connector, and wherein the contact tine is configured to direct the wire toward the base of the single element connector;
wherein the first wire reception structure further comprises a plurality of walls formed from a single conductive element, and wherein at least one wall of the plurality of walls comprises at least two extensions of the single conductive element that extend along a same plane to form the at least one wall.

US Pat. No. 10,510,940

THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A charging circuit for charging a storage device, comprising:a thermoelectric generator module for converting thermal energy to electrical energy based on temperature differences between portions of the module based on the Peltier/Seebeck effect, comprising:
a plurality of N-type oxide ceramic elements comprising an N-type ceramic material;
a plurality of P-type oxide ceramic elements comprising a P-type ceramic material and respectively paired with said plurality of N-type elements;
a pair of supporting ceramic substrates, supporting a plurality of conductive traces thereon, and with said paired N-type and P-type elements received on selected of said conductive traces so as to form an array of such pairs between said substrates, with said paired elements electrically connected in series by said conductive traces and thermally connected in parallel relative to said substrates; and
a pair of output terminals provided on at least one of said substrates and configured to provide an output voltage from said module; and
a voltage converter electrically connected with at least one of the pair of output terminals and configured to receive the output voltage from said module and convert said module output voltage to a relatively higher output voltage that is suitable for charging the storage device;
wherein the plurality of N-type elements the plurality of P-type elements comprise a plurality of porosity layers that are spaced apart in a heat-flow direction perpendicular to said generally planar ceramic substrates, the plurality of porosity layers having thicknesses in the heat-flow direction that range from 1 micron to 100 microns, and wherein the plurality of porosity layers comprise pores formed inside the N-type ceramic material and P-type ceramic material.

US Pat. No. 10,348,029

MODULAR ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF MAKING

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A method for producing an electrical connector, comprising:inserting a first modular contact assembly into a first receptacle space of a header component, the first receptacle space defined by a first box-shaped receptacle comprising a plurality of projecting walls, wherein the first modular contact assembly comprises a first pin plate having a first planar surface and a second planar surface, wherein the first planar surface is parallel to the second planar surface, and wherein a first plurality of contact elements extends through both the first planar surface and the second planar surface of the first modular contact assembly;
securing the first planar surface of the first pin plate of the first modular contact assembly to a surface of the header component;
inserting a second modular contact assembly into a second receptacle space of the header component to create a desired contact pattern in combination with the first modular contact assembly, the second receptacle space defined by a second box-shaped receptacle comprising a plurality of projecting walls, wherein the second modular contact assembly comprises a second pin plate having a third planar surface and a fourth planar surface, wherein the third planar surface is parallel to the fourth planar surface, and wherein a second plurality of contact elements extends through both the third planar surface and the fourth planar surface of the second modular contact assembly; and
securing the third planar surface of the second pin plate of the second modular contact assembly to the surface of the header component.

US Pat. No. 10,276,955

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A termination method comprising:inserting a wire into a termination block, wherein the termination block comprises an insulated housing and an electrical contact;
sliding the electrical contact within the insulated housing such that the electrical contact displaces an insulation portion of the wire and makes electrical contact with a conductor of the wire, wherein the sliding the electrical contact within the insulated housing comprises:
inserting the compliant pin into a hole in a temporary housing, and
pressing the insulated housing of the termination block towards the temporary housing; and
pressing a compliant pin of the electrical contact into an electrically-conductive receptacle hole such that the compliant pin forms a mechanical and electrical connection the electrically-conductive receptacle hole.

US Pat. No. 10,176,925

PRECISION LASER ADJUSTABLE THIN FILM CAPACITORS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. An adjustable thin film capacitor, adapted for adjusting the resulting capacitance value thereof while said capacitor is in operation in a circuit, comprising:respective first and second terminals; and
a capacitor array, situated electrically between said respective first and second terminals, said capacitor array comprising a plurality of respectively valued sub-component capacitors, arranged so that respective of said sub-component capacitors may be removed from the resulting capacitance value of said adjustable thin film capacitor;
wherein said sub-component capacitors comprise a base value capacitor and plural parallel coupled capacitors coupled by way of fusible links, and configured in a capacitive laddering effect, so that selected removal of respective said parallel coupled capacitors correspondingly adjusts the resulting capacitance value of said thin film capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,348,045

HERMAPHRODITIC PIN AND SOCKET CONNECTOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a wire receiving portion configured to receive a wire; and
a connector contact portion configured to form a connection with another electrical connector;
wherein the connector contact portion is conductively coupled to the wire receiving portion, and wherein the connector contact portion comprises a male contact prong and a female contact socket;
wherein the male contact prong comprises a first portion extending in a first direction away from a base of the connector contact portion and a second portion extending in a second direction forward along a centerline axis of the electrical connector, wherein the first direction is perpendicular to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,204,737

LOW NOISE CAPACITORS

AVX CORPORATION, Foutain...

1. A surface mountable relatively low noise multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) assembly, comprising:a main body having a plurality of conductive layers of respective first and second polarities interleaved with a plurality of ceramic layers to form respective pairs of opposing capacitor plates in a stacked arrangement;
respective first and second polarity terminations on opposite ends of said main body and electrically connected, respectively, to said first and second polarity conductive layers; and
one or more vibration dampening members, wherein at least a portion of the one or more vibration dampening members is configured to be attached to a mounting surface, wherein the one or more vibration dampening members comprise
a compliant layer included with the terminations, wherein the terminations include a first layer adjacent each opposite end of said main body and the compliant layer is disposed over the first layer, and wherein the compliant layer includes a polymer, and wherein the compliant layer is configured to dampen vibrations and reduce electro-mechanical noise such that the capacitor assembly has a figure of merit less than about 0.52 Pa-Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,403,444

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A COMPOSITE COATING

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising a casing within which is positioned an anode formed from an anodically oxidized sintered porous body and a fluidic working electrolyte, the casing comprising a metal substrate and containing a composite coating that is disposed on a surface of a metal substrate, wherein the composite coating comprises a layer of one or more of rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum that overlies the metal substrate and wherein the composite coating comprises a conductive polymer layer that overlies the layer of one or more of rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum, wherein the layer of one or more of rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum is discontinuous and contains a plurality of discrete projections that are deposited over the surface of the metal substrate in a spaced-apart fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,483,449

THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A thermoelectric device for converting thermal energy to electrical energy based on temperature differences between portions of the device, comprising:a plurality of N-type oxide ceramic elements comprising an N-type ceramic material;
a plurality of P-type oxide ceramic elements comprising a P-type ceramic material and respectively paired with said plurality of N-type elements;
a pair of supporting generally planar ceramic substrates, supporting a plurality of conductive traces thereon, and with said paired N-type and P-type elements received on selected of said conductive traces so as to form an array of such pairs captured between said substrates;
insulating foam potting material captured between said substrates in between said array pairs; and
at least one pair of connection terminals provided on at least one of said substrates, and associated lead wires respectively connected thereto;
wherein said paired elements are electrically connected in series by said conductive traces and thermally connected in parallel relative to said substrates, so that generated electricity may be conducted from such array based on temperature differences between portions of said paired elements based on the Peltier/Seebeck effect, and wherein said plurality of N-type elements and said plurality of P-type elements comprise a plurality of porosity layers, the plurality of porosity layers being spaced apart in a heat-flow direction perpendicular to said generally planar ceramic substrates, the plurality of porosity layers having thicknesses in the heat-flow direction that range from 1 micron to 100 microns, and wherein the plurality of porosity layers comprise pores formed inside the N-type ceramic material and P-type ceramic material.

US Pat. No. 10,476,465

PARALLEL RC CIRCUIT EQUALIZERS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

28. A parallel RC circuit equalizer, comprising:a monolithic substrate that is elongated in a longitudinal direction between a pair of longitudinal ends;
a capacitor supported on the substrate, the capacitor having a first electrode layer, a second electrode layer, and a dielectric layer between the first and second electrode layers;
a resistor supported on the substrate and electrically connected in parallel with the capacitor;
a first terminal disposed along one of the pair of longitudinal ends;
a second terminal disposed along the other of the pair of longitudinal ends;
a first waveguide element attached to the substrate and electrically connected to the first electrode layer of the capacitor, the first waveguide element extending generally in the longitudinal direction from the capacitor to one of the pair of longitudinal ends of the substrate and electrically connected with the first terminal;
a second waveguide element attached to the substrate and electrically connected to each of the resistor and the second electrode layer of the capacitor, the second waveguide element extending generally in the longitudinal direction from the resistor to the other of the pair of longitudinal ends of the substrate and electrically connected with the second terminal;
a ground terminal attached to the substrate; and
at least one ground electrode attached to the substrate and extending in the longitudinal direction, the at least one ground electrode electrically connected to the ground terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,431,388

VOLTAGE TUNABLE MULTILAYER CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A tunable multilayer capacitor comprising:first active electrodes that are in electrical contact with a first active termination and alternating second active electrodes that are in electrical contact with a second active termination;
first DC bias electrodes that are in electrical contact with a first DC bias termination and alternating second DC bias electrodes that are in electrical contact with a second DC bias termination; and
a plurality of dielectric layers disposed between the alternating first and second active electrodes and between the alternating first and second bias electrodes, wherein at least a portion of the dielectric layers contain a tunable dielectric material that exhibits a variable dielectric constant upon the application of an applied voltage;
wherein the dielectric material has a voltage tunability coefficient of from about 10% to about 90%, wherein the voltage tunability coefficient is determined according to the following general equation:
T=100×(?0??V)/?0
wherein,
T is the voltage tunability coefficient;
?0 is the static dielectric constant of the material without an applied voltage;
and
?V is the variable dielectric constant of the material after application of an applied voltage (DC).

US Pat. No. 10,381,165

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR USE AT HIGH TEMPERATURES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor comprising a capacitor element that includes an anode that contains a dielectric formed on a sintered porous body, a solid electrolyte overlying the anode, and a cathode coating that includes a noble metal layer overlying the solid electrolyte and a layer overlying the noble metal layer that includes sintered metal particles; andwherein the capacitor exhibits a capacitance of about 30 nanoFarads per square centimeter or more and /or a dissipation factor of from about 1% to about 25%.

US Pat. No. 10,363,425

DISCRETE COFIRED FEEDTHROUGH FILTER FOR MEDICAL IMPLANTED DEVICES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A feedthrough filter arrangement for use with an AIMD, comprising:a ferrule;
a feedthrough associated with said ferrule;
a plurality of conductors supported through said feedthrough; and
a corresponding plurality of discrete filters, each of said filters having at least two respective terminals, with one of said terminals associated with a respective one of said conductors, and the other of said terminals associated with said ferrule;
wherein
said at least two respective terminals comprise side and end terminals associated respectively with said filters and said ferrule; and
each of said filters has two sets of interleaved vertical electrodes comprising ground electrodes and signal electrodes wherein said ground electrodes are associated with at least one end terminal of each respective filter so that ground is connected to said ferrule, and wherein said signal electrodes are associated with at least one side terminal of each respective filler so that signals on a respective associated conductor are connected to such associated conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,366,835

PLATED TERMINATIONS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of electrically connecting a plurality of interior plates of a multilayer ceramic capacitor having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, and additional exterior surfaces, the plurality of interior plates including each of a plurality of electrode layers and a plurality of anchor tabs, edges of at least some of the plurality of the interior plates being exposed upon at least a portion of the first surface of the ceramic capacitor, and where edges of at least some of the plurality of interior plates are also exposed upon at least a portion of the second surface of the capacitor, the method comprising:electrolessly plating a first layer of electrically-conductive first metal directly onto the first surface including where the edges of the plurality of interior plates are exposed upon the first surface, the first layer of electrically-conductive first metal on the first surface electrically connecting the edges of the plurality of interior plates that are exposed upon the first surface; and
concurrently electrolessly plating a first layer of electrically-conductive first metal directly onto the second surface including where the edges of the plates are exposed upon the second surface, the first layer of electrically-conductive first metal on the second surface electrically connecting the edges of the plurality of interior plates that are exposed upon the second surface,
wherein each of the first layer of electrically-conductive first metal on the first surface and the first layer of electrically-conductive first metal on the second surface is not deposited on any of the additional surfaces which meet the first surface, and
wherein the distance between adjacent exposed edges of adjacent plates in a column is not greater than about ten microns.

US Pat. No. 10,312,028

ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY STORAGE DEVICES AND MANUFACTURING METHODS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. An ultra-thin electrochemical energy storage device, comprising:a pair of respective internal electrodes with electrolyte;
a separator layer between said respective electrodes;
a pair of respective current collectors, with one each of said current collectors respectively outside each of said electrodes; and
a case surrounding said current collectors, and having a respective pair of terminals connected respectively with said current collectors;
wherein the contents of said case have a thickness down to less than 0.5 millimeters; and
wherein said device has a resistivity of no more than about 1.5 ?·cm2 of electrode area.

US Pat. No. 10,563,062

POLYARYLENE SULFIDE FOR OIL AND GAS FLOWLINES

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method for forming a flowline for an oil and/or gas application, the method comprising:feeding a polyarylene sulfide to a melt processing unit;
feeding an epoxy-functionalized impact modifier to the melt processing unit, the polyarylene sulfide and the impact modifier mixing in the melt processing unit such that the epoxy-functionalized impact modifier becomes distributed throughout the polyarylene sulfide;
feeding a terephthalic acid crosslinking agent to the melt processing unit, the crosslinking agent being fed to the melt processing unit following distribution of the epoxy-functionalized impact modifier throughout the polyarylene sulfide, the crosslinking agent comprising reactive functionality that is reactive to the epoxy functionality of the impact modifier; and
shaping a composition comprising the polyarylene sulfide and the reaction product of the epoxy-functional zed impact modifier and the crosslinking agent to form a barrier layer of the flowline.

US Pat. No. 10,566,711

FLEXING POKE HOME CONTACT

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An electrical contact comprising:a wire inlet portion;
a wire connecting portion connected to the wire inlet portion, the wire connecting portion comprising a first contact tine and a second contact tine that define a pinch-point; and
a flexing contact portion connected to the wire connecting portion, the flexing contact portion comprising:
an end wall;
an elastic portion extending from the end wall toward the wire inlet portion; and
an extension portion extending from the elastic portion.

US Pat. No. 10,535,471

ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A VALVE METAL SOURCED FROM A CONFLICT-FREE MINE SITE AND A METHOD OF FORMING THEREOF

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of forming an electrolytic capacitor, the method comprising:obtaining an unverified mineral sample from a mine site;
analyzing the unverified mineral sample via quantitative mineralogical analysis and comparing data collected during the quantitative mineralogical analysis for the unverified mineral sample to data in a database that corresponds to quantitative mineralogical analysis collected for verified mineral samples sourced from one or more mine sites from a conflict-free geographic region to determine if the unverified mineral sample is sourced from the one or more mine sites from the conflict-free geographic region, wherein analyzing the unverified mineral sample via quantitative mineralogical analysis comprises performing automated mineralogy testing on the unverified mineral sample and identifying grains for additional testing based on data obtained during automated mineralogy testing, wherein from about 25 grains to about 125 grains are identified for additional testing; and
if it is determined that the unverified mineral sample is sourced from the one or more mine sites from the conflict-free geographic region, converting the unverified mineral sample into an anode for the electrolytic capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,504,657

LEAD WIRE CONFIGURATION FOR A SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:a capacitor element that contains a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte that overlies the dielectric;
a lead wire that is in electrical contact with the anode body and contains a first region that is located in proximity to a surface of the capacitor element, wherein the lead wire contains a core that extends outwardly from the surface, and further wherein an oxide layer coats at least a portion of the core within the first region, wherein the oxide layer is discontinuous and defines one or more gaps;
an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the lead wire; and
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 10,475,591

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR USE IN A HUMID ATMOSPHERE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:a sintered porous anode body;
a dielectric that overlies the anode body;
a solid electrolyte that overlies the dielectric, wherein the solid electrolyte includes a plurality of conductive polymer particles; and
a cathode coating that contains a metal particle layer that overlies the solid electrolyte, wherein the metal particle layer includes a plurality of conductive metal particles dispersed within a resinous polymer matrix, where the particles constitute from about 50 wt. % to about 99 wt. % of the layer and the resinous polymer matrix constitutes from about 1 wt. % to about 50 wt. % of the layer, wherein the resinous polymer matrix includes a vinyl acetal polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,468,787

WIRE-TO-WIRE CONNECTOR WITH INTEGRATED WIRE STOP

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. A contact portion for a wire-to-wire connector, the contact portion comprising:a first wire receiving portion, the first wire receiving portion including a first surface and a second surface extending from an end of the first wire receiving portion, the first wire receiving portion further including a first flexing beam extending from the first surface of the first wire receiving portion towards the second surface of the first wire receiving portion;
a second wire receiving portion, the second wire receiving portion including a first surface and a second surface extending from an end of the second wire receiving portion, the second wire receiving portion further including a second flexing beam extending from the first surface of the second wire receiving portion towards the second surface of the second wire receiving portion; and
a common wire stop disposed between the first wire receiving portion and the second wire receiving portion, wherein the common wire stop includes a first wire stop portion and a second wire stop portion, and wherein the first wire stop portion abuts the second wire stop portion at about a central axis of the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,454,293

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING A CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A circuit for providing a drive voltage to an ultracapacitor, the circuit comprising:a power source configured to provide a source voltage;
an ultracapacitor that comprises a first electrode, a second electrode, a separator positioned between the first electrode and the second electrode, a nonaqueous electrolyte that is in ionic contact with the first electrode and the second electrode, and a housing within which the first electrode, the second electrode, the separator, and the electrolyte are retained;
a temperature sensing device;
a power converter configured to receive the source voltage and to supply a drive voltage to the ultracapacitor; and
one or more control circuits configured to receive one or more signals indicative of a temperature associated with the ultracapacitor from the temperature sensing device and to control operation of the power converter based at least in part on the one or more signals indicative of the temperature associated with the ultracapacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,446,328

MULTI-CELL ULTRACAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. An ultracapacitor comprising:a first electrochemical cell that is defined by a first electrode that contains a current collector having opposing sides coated with a carbonaceous material, a second electrode that contains a current collector having opposing sides coated with a carbonaceous material, and a separator positioned between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a second electrochemical cell that is connected in parallel with the first cell, wherein the second cell is defined by the second electrode, a third electrode that contains a current collector having opposing sides coated with a carbonaceous material, and a separator positioned between the second electrode and the third electrode;
a nonaqueous electrolyte that is in ionic contact with the first electrode, second electrode, and third electrodes, wherein the nonaqueous electrolyte contains nonaqueous solvent and an ionic liquid; and
a package that encloses the first electrochemical cell, the second electrochemical cell, and the nonaqueous electrolyte, wherein the package contains a substrate having a thickness of from about 20 micrometers to about 1,000 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 10,431,389

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR HIGH VOLTAGE ENVIRONMENTS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of forming a high voltage solid electrolytic capacitor element, the method comprising:subjecting a sintered anode pellet to a formation profile to form an anode, wherein the formation profile includes subjecting the pellet to an increasing current so that a target forming voltage is achieved in about 30 minutes or less; and
applying a solid electrolyte to the anode.

US Pat. No. 10,290,430

WET ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A wet electrolytic capacitor comprising:a planar anode that comprises an anodically oxidized pellet formed from a pressed and sintered tantalum powder, wherein the powder contains primary particles having an aspect ratio of about 4 or less, wherein the powder has a specific charge of from about 18,000 ?F*V/g to about 45,000 ?F*V/g, and wherein the primary particles have a median size of from about 5 to about 1000 nanometers;
a leadwire that extends from the planar anode;
a cathode that comprises a metal substrate coated with a conductive coating; and
a fluidic working electrolyte in communication with the anode and the cathode.

US Pat. No. 10,591,527

SCREENING METHOD FOR ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A method of iteratively screening a lot of electrolytic capacitors having a predetermined rated voltage, the method comprising:measuring a first leakage current of a first set of capacitors in the lot and calculating a first mean leakage current therefrom;
removing capacitors from the first set that have a measured first leakage current equal to or above a first predetermined value, thereby forming a second set of capacitors, the first predetermined value being equal to one or more standard deviations above the first mean leakage current;
subjecting the second set of capacitors to a burn in treatment, wherein the burn in treatment comprises applying a predetermined test voltage to the capacitors that is from about 0.8 to about 1.2 times the rated voltage;
after the burn in treatment, measuring a second leakage current of the second set of capacitors and calculating a second mean leakage current therefrom;
soldering the second set of capacitors via a reflow process, wherein the soldering occurs between the burn in heat treatment and the second leakage current measurement; and
removing capacitors from the second set that have a measured second leakage current equal to or above a second predetermined value, thereby forming a third set of capacitors, the second predetermined value being equal to one or more standard deviations above the second mean leakage current.

US Pat. No. 10,553,365

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR USE IN EXTREME CONDITIONS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:a capacitor element comprising a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric layer that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer;
a housing that defines an interior cavity within which the capacitor element is positioned and hermetically sealed;
an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body; and
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte;
wherein the solid electrolyte contains a first layer that overlies the dielectric layer and a second layer that overlies the first layer, the first layer containing a conductive polymer and the second layer containing a hydroxy-functional nonionic polymer and a second conductive polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,476,202

WIRE-TO-WIRE CONNECTOR WITH INSULATION DISPLACEMENT CONNECTION CONTACT FOR INTEGRAL STRAIN RELIEF

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first electrical contact comprising a first wire receiving portion, the first wire receiving portion comprising a first insulation displacement connection (IDC) slot and a first strain relief slot displaced from the first IDC slot;
a second electrical contact comprising a second wire receiving portion, the second wire receiving portion comprising a second IDC slot and a second strain relief slot displaced from the second IDC slot;
an insulated housing comprising a first electrical contact inlet, a second electrical contact inlet, a first plurality of wire openings, and a second plurality of wire openings.

US Pat. No. 10,326,216

WIRE-TO-WIRE CONNECTOR WITH SHUNT

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first electrical contact comprising a first insulation displacement connector portion and a first shunt connector portion;
a second electrical contact comprising a second insulation displacement connector portion and a second shunt connector portion; and
an insulated housing comprising a first electrical contact inlet, a second electrical contact inlet, a shunt opening, a first wire opening, and a second wire opening;
wherein the first electrical contact inlet is configured to receive the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact inlet is configured to receive the second electrical contact.

US Pat. No. 10,320,096

FLEXING POKE HOME CONTACT

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An electrical contact comprising:a cage-like structure comprising a plurality of sidewalls, the plurality of sidewalls defining a wire inlet at a proximal end of the electrical contact;
a wire connecting portion coupled to the cage-like structure, the wire connecting portion comprising:
a first contact tine extending from a first sidewall of the plurality of sidewalls;
a second contact tine extending from a second sidewall of the plurality of sidewalls, wherein a pinch-point is created between the first contact tine and the second contact tine; and
a flexing contact portion coupled to the wire connecting portion, the flexing contact portion comprising:
an end wall at a distal end of the electrical contact;
an elastic portion that extends from the end wall toward the proximal end; and
an extension portion that extends from the elastic portion.

US Pat. No. 10,297,392

TEMPERATURE STABLE SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:a sintered porous anode;
a dielectric layer that overlies the anode body; and
a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer, wherein the solid electrolyte comprises an in situ polymerized conductive polymer and a hydroxy-functional nonionic polymer, wherein the conductive polymer is a substituted polythiophene, and wherein the hydroxy-functional nonionic polymer is a polyalkylene glycol; and
further comprising an external polymer coating that overlies the solid electrolyte, wherein the external polymer coating contains a plurality of pre-polymerized conductive polymer particles.

US Pat. No. 10,297,393

ULTRAHIGH VOLTAGE CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:first and second capacitor elements that each contain a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric layer that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer that includes a conductive polymer, wherein first and second anode leads extend from the first capacitor element and the second capacitor element, respectively;
a connective member that electrically connects the solid electrolyte of the first capacitor element to the anode lead of the second capacitor element;
a housing that defines an interior cavity within which the first and second capacitor elements are positioned and hermetically sealed, wherein the interior cavity has a gaseous atmosphere that contains an inert gas;
an external anode termination that is in electrical connection with the first anode lead of the first capacitor element; and
an external cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte of the second capacitor element.

US Pat. No. 10,607,777

INTEGRATED CAPACITOR FILTER AND INTEGRATED CAPACITOR FILTER WITH VARISTOR FUNCTION

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A multiterminal multilayer ceramic device with multiple capacitive elements, comprising:a body having cooperating multiple layers including electrode layers to form integrated capacitive structures;
a first region of said electrode layers forming a split feedthrough type construction of two respective capacitors;
a second region of said electrode layers forming an overlap type construction of a multilayer ceramic capacitor;
a first pair of terminations external to said body and having opposite polarity; and
a second pair of terminations external to said body and having the same polarity;
wherein said first pair of terminations is in series connection with said second region capacitor, and said first pair of terminations and at least one of said second pair of terminations are in respective parallel connections with said two respective capacitors of said first region, so that multiple capacitive elements are integrated in a single package device.

US Pat. No. 10,475,595

ULTRACAPACITOR FOR USE AT HIGH TEMPERATURES

AVX Corporation, Foutain...

1. An ultracapacitor comprising:a first electrode that comprises a first current collector electrically coupled to a first carbonaceous coating;
a second electrode that comprises a second current collector electrically coupled to a second carbonaceous coating, wherein the first current collector and the second current collector each contain a substrate that includes a conductive metal;
a separator positioned between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a nonaqueous electrolyte that is in ionic contact with the first electrode and the second electrode; and
a housing within which the first electrode, the second electrode, the separator, and the electrolyte are retained;
wherein the capacitor exhibits a capacitance value of about 6 Farads per cubic centimeter or more, as determined in a hot atmosphere having a temperature of 85° C. at a frequency of 120 Hz and without an applied voltage, further wherein the ratio of the capacitance value of the ultracapacitor after being exposed to the hot atmosphere for 1008 hours to the capacitance value of the ultracapacitor when initially exposed to the hot atmosphere is about 0.75 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,224,151

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR FOR USE IN EXTREME CONDITIONS

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:a capacitor element comprising a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric layer that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte overlying the dielectric layer;
a housing that defines an interior cavity within which the capacitor element is positioned and hermetically sealed, wherein the interior cavity has a gaseous atmosphere that contains an inert gas;
an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body; and
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte,
wherein the solid electrolyte contains a first layer that overlies the dielectric layer and a second layer that overlies the first layer, the first layer containing a conductive polymer and the second layer containing a hydroxy-functional nonionic polymer and a second conductive polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,658,123

MULTI-ANODE SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:a housing that defines an interior cavity having a gaseous atmosphere that contains an inert gas;
multiple capacitor elements comprising at least a first capacitor element juxtaposed adjacent to a second capacitor element positioned in the interior cavity, wherein each of the capacitor elements has a front surface and a major surface, wherein the front surfaces of the multiple capacitor elements are all generally coplanar, wherein the major surfaces of the multiple capacitor elements are in a horizontal configuration and are generally coplanar, each of the capacitor elements comprising an anode formed from an anodically oxidized, sintered porous body and a solid electrolyte overlying the anode, wherein each capacitor element further comprises an anode lead that extends in a lateral direction from the front surface, wherein the anode lead is positioned within the interior cavity of the housing, and wherein the capacitor elements occupy about 30 vol. % to about 97 vol. % of the interior cavity of the housing;
an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode lead of each of the capacitor elements;
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte of each of the capacitor elements.

US Pat. No. 10,658,127

NONAQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE FOR AN ULTRACAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. An ultracapacitor comprising:a first electrode that comprises a first current collector electrically coupled to a first carbonaceous coating comprising activated carbon particles, a water-insoluble organic binder, and a water-soluble organic binder, wherein the combined weight percentage of the water-insoluble organic binder and the water-soluble organic binder in the first carbonaceous coating is less than 10 wt. %;
a second electrode that comprises a second current collector electrically coupled to a second carbonaceous coating comprising activated carbon particles, a water-insoluble organic binder, and a water-soluble organic binder, wherein the combined weight percentage of the water-insoluble organic binder and the water-soluble organic binder in the second carbonaceous coating is less than 10 wt. %,
wherein the activated carbon particles of the first carbonaceous coating, the second carbonaceous coating, or both have a total pore volume of from 0.2 cm3/g to 1.5 cm3/g and a median pore width of about 8 nanometers or less;
wherein the activated carbon particles of the first carbonaceous coating, the second carbonaceous coating, or both contain a plurality of pores, wherein the amount of pores having a size of about 2 nanometers or less is about 50 vol. % or less of the total pore volume, the amount of pores having a size of from about 2 nanometers to about 50 nanometers is about 20 vol. % to about 80 vol. % of the total pore volume, and the amount of pores having a size of about 50 nanometers or more is from about 1 vol. % to about 50 vol. % of the total pore volume;
wherein the first current collector and the second current collector each contain a substrate that includes a conductive metal, and the substrate of the first current collector, the substrate of the second current collector, or both has a thickness of about 200 micrometers or less;
a separator positioned between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a nonaqueous electrolyte that is in ionic contact with the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein the nonaqueous electrolyte contains an ionic liquid that is dissolved in a nonaqueous solvent at a concentration of 1.0 mole per liter or more, wherein the nonaqueous solvent has a boiling temperature of about 150° C. or more; and
a housing within which the first electrode, the second electrode, the separator, and the electrolyte are retained, wherein the housing contains a metal container,
wherein the capacitor exhibits an equivalence series resistance of about 150 mohms or less as determined at a temperature of 23° C., frequency of 100 kHz, and without an applied voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,643,797

CASING MATERIAL FOR A SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:a solid electrolytic capacitor element that contains a sintered porous anode body wherein the anode body comprises tantalum, a dielectric that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte that overlies the dielectric;
an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body;
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte; and
a casing material that encapsulates the capacitor element and leaves exposed at least a portion of the anode termination and the cathode termination, wherein the casing material is formed from an epoxy composition that contains one or more inorganic oxide fillers and a resinous material that includes one or more epoxy resins crosslinked with a co-reactant, wherein inorganic oxide fillers constitute about 75 wt. % or more of the epoxy composition, and vitreous silica constitutes about 30 wt. % or more of the total weight of inorganic oxide fillers in the epoxy composition.

US Pat. No. 10,622,160

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A capacitor assembly comprising:a solid electrolytic capacitor element that contains a sintered porous anode body, a dielectric that overlies the anode body, and a solid electrolyte that overlies the dielectric;
an anode termination that is in electrical connection with the anode body, wherein a first coating is disposed on at least a portion of the anode termination that contains an organometallic compound;
a cathode termination that is in electrical connection with the solid electrolyte wherein a second coating is disposed on at least a portion of the cathode termination that contains an organometallic compound; and
a casing material that encapsulates the capacitor element and leaves exposed a mounting surface of the anode termination and the cathode termination.

US Pat. No. 10,622,438

MULTI-LAYER ELECTRONIC DEVICE

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A multi-layer capacitor comprising:a ceramic layer having first and second longitudinal edges that are aligned with a lateral direction, the ceramic layer having first and second lateral edges that are aligned with a longitudinal direction;
a first electrode layer disposed vertically over the ceramic layer, wherein the first electrode layer comprises a first electrode, and wherein the first electrode comprises a first tab portion extending to the first lateral edge of the ceramic layer, a second tab portion extending to the second lateral edge of the ceramic layer, and a third tab portion extending to the second lateral edge of the ceramic layer, the first electrode further defining a first cut-out region that is elongated in the longitudinal direction such that the first cut-out region extends parallel with the first lateral edge of the ceramic layer in the longitudinal direction, the first cut-out region being contained within a perimeter of the first electrode such that the first cut-out region is not open to any edge of the first electrode; and
a second electrode layer disposed vertically beneath the ceramic layer, wherein the second electrode layer comprises a second electrode comprising a second tab portion extending to the first lateral edge of the ceramic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,529,472

LOW ASPECT RATIO VARISTOR

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A varistor having a rectangular configuration defining first and second opposing side surfaces offset in a widthwise direction and first and second opposing end surfaces offset in a lengthwise direction, the varistor comprising:a first terminal adjacent the first opposing end surface;
a first electrode layer including a first electrode having an electrode length in the lengthwise direction and an electrode width in the widthwise direction, the first electrode connected with the first terminal along the electrode width of the first electrode;
a second terminal adjacent the second opposing end surface; and
a second electrode layer including a second electrode having an electrode length in the lengthwise direction and an electrode width in the widthwise direction, the second electrode connected with the second terminal along the electrode width of the second electrode;
wherein:
at least one of the first or second electrodes has an electrode aspect ratio less than about 1.

US Pat. No. 9,472,350

SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR CONTAINING A MULTI-LAYERED ADHESION COATING

AVX Corporation, Fountai...

1. A solid electrolytic capacitor comprising:
an anode body;
a dielectric that overlies the anode body;
an adhesion coating that overlies the dielectric, wherein the adhesion coating contains a discontinuous precoat layer and
a resinous layer, wherein the discontinuous precoat layer contains a plurality of discrete nanoprojections of a manganese
oxide; and

a solid electrolyte that overlies the dielectric and the adhesion coating, wherein the solid electrolyte includes a conductive
polymer layer, and wherein one or more discrete manganese oxide nanoprojections are embedded in the solid electrolyte.