From Anaren, Inc.
In the global electronics market, resistors are used in a variety of applications and deployed to handle a many different
duties ranging from dissipating excess power, to providing a system safety mechanism, to providing a matching device,
among other tasks.
A resistor operates by converting electrical energy into heat energy by means of a resistive element. In most applications,
resistors are mounted to a heatsink, a flange (as depicted in Figure 1 and Figure 2), or directly on a PCB using industrystandard
solders. When DC or RF power is input into the resistor, the power is converted by the resistive element into
heat. In the case of a flange-mounted component, heat flows from the element into the ceramic dielectric material and the
solder joint, through the flange and into the heatsink.
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