Low Voltage 0402 MLCCs now in ESA QPL

CEC and CNC series of low voltage ceramic capacitors have received the QPL certification for the 0402 case size. It is the smallest QPL-certified case size completing Exxelia’s MLCCs QPL-listed ranges.


Exxelia ranges of low voltage MLCC for surface mounting, CEC19 and CNC19, have achieved the Qualified Part List (QPL) status under the criteria of the European Space Component Coordination’s (ESCC) 3009/042 and 3009/043 respectively. The case size 0402 QPL-qualified parts are available from 10V to 25V, enabling substantial miniaturization and cost-saving. Dielectrics are based either in the very stable NPO (type 1) or the high capacitance X7R (type 2). CEC and CNC series combine high capacitance values with high thermal and voltage stability. Versions with polymer terminations are also QPL-certified. 

These ranges of versatile chip capacitors are intended for use in a wide variety of aerospace applications requiring the highest level of reliability: satellites, launch vehicles, payloads, etc. 

CEC19 features:
- very stable NPO dielectric 
- maximum capacitance values: 330pF in 10V, 120pF in 16V and 100pF in 25V,
- large operating temperatures: -55°C to 125°C

CNC19 features:
- high capacitance X7R dielectric
- high capacitance rating values: from 68pF to 12nF in 10V, 8.2nF in 16V and 5.6nF in 25V
- large operating temperatures: -55°C to 125°C

Published on 30 Nov 2017 by Marion Van de Graaf

50th anniversary of our Pessac manufacturing site

Our manufacturing site in Pessac is one of the 12 industrial sites of Exxelia. It has approximately 130 employees. “We produce essential but inexpensive parts, but we produce 50 million a year! And we have a year of visibility on our order books", "We produce parts in complex alloys here, but also our own recipes for insulating ceramics", assures Mickaël Pelé, Director of the Exxelia Pessac factory. This factory was founded in Pessac half a century ago: it is an integral part of the life of the City and the Region, which have actively participated in its development. Perfectly inserted into the local ecosystem, there are numerous interactions with neighboring institutions, laboratories, universities, schools and businesses. The Pessac factory was built in 1971 and inaugurated in September 1972. Its creation was initiated by Jean-Claude Asscher, President of the Tekelec-Airtronic group. Initially dedicated to distribution, the Tekelec-Airtronic group launched into manufacturing under license to then develop and industrialize its own products. Its development followed that of electronics, telecommunications and IT in France and around the world. The group will reach a significant size: in 1992, with 20 companies employing 3,000 people in different countries, its turnover will exceed one billion dollars. The Pessac plant remained associated with the group until the early 2000s.   Here is a retrospective of the event in video: