Alpha SC Series

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Product Features

  • Ultra precision resistor network
  • Resistance range form 30Ω to 120kΩ
  • Tolerance from ±0.01% to ±0.5%
  • TCR of ±5 ppm/°C
  • Power rating of 1.5W (at 70°C)
  • Temperature range from -65°C to +155°C

Applications

Description

The SC case-encapsulated precision resistor network series from Alpha Electronics is fully customisable and offers excellent performance in TCR tracking, resistance ratio matching and stability thanks to Alpha’s Bulk Metal® foil resistor technology. The SC ultra-precision resistor network series can offer up to a maximum of 10 resistive elements. Each resistive element can range from 30Ω up to 120kΩ all with tight tolerances, both absolute and matching, down to +0.01% (the maximum total resistance for the network is 1,200kΩ).

  • Fully customisable resistor network with up to 10 resistor elements and 5 different standard circuit layouts to choose from
  • Each resistor element is available in any resistance between 30Ω and 120kΩ
  • Maximum resistance value for complete resistor network of 1,200kΩ
  • Through-hole case-encapsulated package
  • Tight absolute and matching tolerances as low as ±0.01% available
  • Tight absolute TCR of ±5 ppm/°C (from -25°C up to +125°C)
  • Tight tracking TCR available of between ±1 ppm/°C and ±3 ppm/°C depending on resistance ratio (Rmax. / Rmin.)
  • Power rating of 1.5W for the complete resistor package (at +70°C)
  • Maximum rated operating temperature +70°C
  • Temperature range from -55°C up to +155°C

 

The SC case-encapsulated, through-hole, ultra-precision resistor network series exhibits excellent high frequency characteristics thanks to Alpha’s Bulk Metal® foil resistor technology, making them suitable for the most demanding precision applications.

These resistors are fully customisable including the circuit layout. There are 5 standard circuit types available to choose from:

  • Circuit layout A – resistor array
  • Circuit layout B – independent resistors in the same package
  • Circuit layout C – divider network
  • Circuit layout E – circuit layout A split into 2 i.e. 2 separate resistor arrays
  • Circuit layout F – circuit layout C split into 2 i.e. 2 separate divider networks

For full details, please see the ultra-precision resistor networks supporting document under the technical library tab.

Pin pitch for the Alpha SC series will be in multiples of 2.54mm.

 

The below table gives a summary of the specifications and options available for the Alpha SC series:

Alpha SC Specifications
* TCR tracking is dependent on resistance ratio, please see Table 1
** Symbols parenthesized are for part number composition 

Table 1

Specifications

Weight 0.00000 kg
Dimensions 30.00 × 5.00 × 13.00 mm
Product Type

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Minimum Resistance

Maximum Resistance

Series / Model

Temperature Coefficient

Power Rating

Tolerance

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Package / Size

Temperature Range (°C)

Alpha SC Series Resources

Product Datasheet

Supporting Product Information

Supporting Manufacturer Information

Alpha Resistor Videos

We are pleased to provide you with a range of videos, please see below for the latest content available:

 

 

VIDEOS
Place holder video for YouTube video Resistor Stability Put to the Test (Demo Video)

In this video, our host Richard Zuratt puts the stability of the three major resistor technologies — foil, thin, and thick film — to the test. Each resistor type is subjected to an overload pulse and its change in resistance value is recorded. Due to the homogeneous nature of the VPG Bulk Metal® Foil resistor, it is the only of the three to experience no change from the high power pulse. This demonstrated performance makes foil resistors the technology of choice for critical applications where long-term stability and survivability are paramount.

Place holder video for YouTube video Advantages of Using Bulk Metal® Foil Resistors in High-Humidity Environments

All resistors that are based on nichrome, which is a category that includes both thin film devices and Bulk Metal Foil resistors, are susceptible to electro-chemical corrosion or etching when placed in a high humidity environment and powered with a very low wattage. But since the nichrome element of a Bulk Metal Foil resistor is hundreds of times thicker than the element in a thin film device with the same value, it will last much longer under these conditions. This video shows the actual etching process and survival times for thin film and foil nichrome resistive elements as they are tested in 100% humidity conditions.

Place holder video for YouTube video Comparison Testing of Chip Resistor Technologies Under High Vibration

Surface-mount resistors suffer physical stresses when exposed to high vibration or thermally unstable environments. Failure modes commonly occur in welds, solder joints, connectors, and terminations, ultimately resulting in circuit failure. In this demonstration, vibration-table-mounted boards are subjected to ±2° deflection 25 times per second and monitored for any ΔR > 0.1%. All the chip resistors failed in 2 to 12 minutes (8K to 16K cycles). But the Alpha MPP molded Bulk Metal® Z-Foil resistor with flexible terminations experienced over a million cycles with no change in resistance.

VIDEOS
Place holder video for YouTube video
Resistor Stability Put to the Test (Demo Video

In this video, our host Richard Zuratt puts the stability of the three major resistor technologies — foil, thin, and thick film — to the test. Each resistor type is subjected to an overload pulse and its change in resistance value is recorded. Due to the homogeneous nature of the VPG Bulk Metal® Foil resistor, it is the only of the three to experience no change from the high power pulse. This demonstrated performance makes foil resistors the technology of choice for critical applications where long-term stability and survivability are paramount.

Place holder video for YouTube video
Advantages of Using Bulk Metal® Foil Resistors in High-Humidity Environments

All resistors that are based on nichrome, which is a category that includes both thin film devices and Bulk Metal Foil resistors, are susceptible to electro-chemical corrosion or etching when placed in a high humidity environment and powered with a very low wattage. But since the nichrome element of a Bulk Metal Foil resistor is hundreds of times thicker than the element in a thin film device with the same value, it will last much longer under these conditions. This video shows the actual etching process and survival times for thin film and foil nichrome resistive elements as they are tested in 100% humidity conditions.

Place holder video for YouTube video

Surface-mount resistors suffer physical stresses when exposed to high vibration or thermally unstable environments. Failure modes commonly occur in welds, solder joints, connectors, and terminations, ultimately resulting in circuit failure. In this demonstration, vibration-table-mounted boards are subjected to ±2° deflection 25 times per second and monitored for any ΔR > 0.1%. All the chip resistors failed in 2 to 12 minutes (8K to 16K cycles). But the Alpha MPP molded Bulk Metal® Z-Foil resistor with flexible terminations experienced over a million cycles with no change in resistance.

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