The Definitive Guide to Surface Mount Resistor Selection

A technical paper discussing chip resistor types and the factors that should be considered when selecting the best SMT resistor for your application. Functionality, component design and make-up, circuit design and power rating are considered as part of a framework for effectively pairing an application with the best available surface mount resistor for the job



  • General Purpose
  • High Precision
  • Current Sense
  • High Voltage
  • High Power
  • High Resistance
  • Trimmable Resistors
  • Environmentally Compliant and Chemically-Stable Chip Resistors

Applications and Design Considerations

  • Power Considerations
  • Applications
  • Frequency Considerations


Figures Included

  • Resistance as a function of device geometry and resistivity
  • Serpentine pattern vs. straight pattern for resistor trace
  • Example power derating graph for chip resistors
  • Non-inverting Op-Amp circuit example
The Definitive Guide to Surface Mount Resistor Selection