What is AEC-Q200?

What is the AEC-Q200 Standard?

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- everything RF

Jan 13, 2020

The AEC-Q200 standard is the global standard for stress resistance that every passive electronic component should meet so as to use them in the automotive industry. It aims to maintain a standard for temperature and pressure resistance and to ensure the consistency of safety specifications of passive components. The standard is published by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC), which is a US-based organization that sets qualification standards for the components to be used in the automotive industry.

There are five temperature ranges defined under Grade 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 in AEC-Q200. The minimum temperature range required for each passive electrical component type is listed below:

Temperature Range
Component Type
0-50 to +150 °C
Flat chip ceramic resistors, X8R ceramic capacitors
All Automotive
1-40 to +125 °C
Capacitor networks, resistors, inductors, transformers, thermistors, resonators, crystals, and varistors, all other ceramic and tantalum capacitors
Most Under Hood Components
2-40 to +105 °C
Aluminium electrolytic capacitors
Passenger Compartment (Hot Spots)
3-40 to +85 °C
Film capacitors, ferrites, R/R-C networks, and trimmer capacitors
Most Passenger Compartments
40 to +70°C

Click here for the official document from the AEC on the AEC-Q200 qualification process.

There are three other relevant standards published by AEC:

AEC-Q100 - This standard has been created for Integrated Circuits used in the Automotive Industry.

AEC-Q101 - This standard has been created for Active Components used in the Automotive Industry.

AEC-Q104 - This standard has been created for Multi-Chip Modules (MCM) used in the Automotive Industry.