Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Capacitors and similarly packaged electronic components are adapted for polarized mounting on printed circuit cards including a third, dummy lead in the electronic component package, providing widened pads on all leads and forming the leads at right angles to the orientation from which they exit the component package. Typically, capacitors have two leads extending from one end. When these components are mounted to printed circuit cards, the leads typically extend through holes in the cards and are soldered to metallic lands on the surface of the card opposite to that from which the component projects. This component lead arrangement is not suitable for surface mounting. With the present technique, the component leads are bent at right angles to the direction from which they exit the end of the component.