Automotive electronics are providing increased functionality. That means they must be increasingly reliable.

Designers are therefore focusing on the reliability of components like capacitors used in automotive applications like air bag deployment and fuel efficiency.

Author Radovan Fulta describes the state of capacitor technology and makes the case for tantalum and niobium oxide capacitors. He claims they are well suited to modern automotive electronic systems, whether the requirement is for enhanced reliability, wider temperature range or low leakage current.