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Tecate's Ultracapacitor Cells and Modules Ideal for Automatic Meter Reading and Smart Grid Applications

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 12:00pm

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ultracapacitor cellsAnnounced today by Tecate Group is the availability of custom and standard ultracapacitor cells and modules specifically engineered for today's Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and smart grid applications. Parts are members of Tecate's UL 810 Recognized PowerBurst® family, which is comprised of the general purpose TPL and TPLS Series of 2.7V cells, as well as the TPLE Series of 2.3V cells featuring a -40 to +85 degrees C temperature range. The flat prismatic PC5 and PC10 Series of 2.5V cells are provided for applications where height is limited. For applications requiring modules, the low- and ultra-low profile PB/PBF/PBL/PBLL Series of 5.0V and 5.4V devices are offered.

Parts notably offer OEMs/ODMs the competitive advantage of ensuring product and system safety while minimizing the time and expense associated with additional component-level testing. To further speed time-to-market, Tecate's customization capabilities include the use of SolidWorks® 3D CAD (MCAD) software to facilitate superior design flexibility, responsiveness, and application engineering support. The high power density cells feature capacitance values ranging from 0.5F to 400F and low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR). Modules withstand over 500,000 cycles.

Ideally suited for use in low profile/small footprint systems and products, Tecate's RoHS-compliant ultracapacitor cells and modules target today's AMR and smart grid applications in which consumption, diagnostic, and status data is collected from water or energy metering devices (gas and electric), and then transferred to a central database for billing, troubleshooting, and analysis. The parts provide battery-free "last gasp" power, and satisfy the high current pulse requirements of AMS technology. They also provide critical backup power during power outages to ensure uninterrupted communication to/from the grid. Capable of operating at low temperatures (-40 degrees C), parts supplement batteries for low temperature boost, and relieve batteries of peak power functions to extend batteries' life.

Tecate's PB/PBF/PBL/PBLL/ Series of modules are available with active or passive cell balancing, and with radial leads or flexible wire and connectors to eliminate the need for soldering. They are provided in an array of standard and custom high voltage, advanced circuitry and packaging options to meet application- specific requirements. For additional information, and to view Tecate's online Ultracapacitor Design Tool, visit, http://www.tecategroup.com/technical/downloads.php#sizetool. To learn more about Tecate's custom modules, visit, http://www.tecategroup.com/ultracapacitors/custom-modules.php.

While firm pricing is determined according to customers' specifications, average prices for PowerBurst ultracapacitor modules range from $12.00 to $92.00 in quantities of 50+. In quantities of 1K, average pricing for 2.3V PowerBurst ultracapacitor cells ranges from $1.25 to $7.75, $7.00 to $17.00 for 2.5V cells, and $1.00 to $19.00 for 2.7V cells. ARO delivery on standard cells and modules is 8 to 10 weeks. 

About Tecate Group
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Tecate Group (www.tecategroup.com) is a division of the Tecate Group, a global leader in the design, sales, and distribution of capacitors and ultracapacitors, as well as audio and multimedia components and service. The Company specializes in supplying high-quality ceramic high voltage, tantalum, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, together with ultracapacitor cells, to the world’s leading OEMs, assemblers, and end users in markets spanning consumer electronics, telecommunications, industrial, military, medical, automotive, transportation and utilities. Founded in 1963, Tecate Group has long maintained its commitment to provide unparalleled levels of customer service and support, along with state-of-the-industry design and engineering resources.
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