AVX Fellow Ron Demcko manages the Technical Sales Group at AVX headquarters in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Primarily responsible for creating web-based support tools for the selection and modeling of passive components in both AVX tools and other design and modeling software, his team also identifies new product needs and component application solutions, and engages in applied development. An active contributor to his field, Demcko also authors and delivers several technical articles, papers, and presentations each year, and is a regular participant at conferences including: the Automotive Electronics Council Reliability Workshop (AECRW), Qualcomm Life Connect, SAE World Congress, SAE Convergence, Electronica, the Intel Developers Forum, and the annual Components for Military & Space Electronics Conference and Exhibition (CMSE).  Demcko  joined AVX in 1987, and has also served the company as an EMC Lab and Application Engineer. Prior to AVX, he was a product engineer at Corning Glass Works, working with radiation resistant and high temperature capacitors. He earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson College of Technology. On the rare occasion that he's not working, Demcko enjoys amateur radio (WA2TBQ), and kayaking, biking, and tinkering in his garage lab with his wife of 32 years, Marybeth, who is also a graduate of Clarkson College of Technology and an EE. He holds two patents, and is a high-speed CW operator with a Chinese Radio Sports Association certificate for operation in China.

A Primer on FeedThru MLVs

FeedThru multilayer varistors (MLVs) were developed to decrease the parallel inductance of a standard discrete MLV, maximize series inductance, and tune capacitance. The FeedThru devices can be packaged into a single-element 0508 or a four-element 0612 FeedThru form factor. Regardless of the specific configuration, all FeedThru MLVs exhibit significantly faster turn-on times (on the order…

The Many Benefits of FeedThru Capacitors

Three-terminal capacitor filters (also called FeedThru capacitors) are being widely accepted in designs ranging from satellites and cell phones to automobiles and SMART grid controllers. The list of viable applications is growing rapidly as these capacitors evolve into smaller packages that can handle more current at higher temperatures. FeedThru capacitor filters appeal to design engineers…

Plug-In Chargers: Implications for Capacitors

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters are critical for proper operation of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and their use will no doubt spread throughout critical controls in traditional vehicles. Regardless of the exact application, HEVs will drive all capacitors to a higher level of performance in terms of reliability, current and voltage handling — whether RMS (Root…