Low cost ferrite

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As always, I am looking for saving cost (who isn't)

I'm doing a new power design, and looking for cheap ferrite. Run of the mill, N87, PC95 etc, nothing fancy. In this case it's a planar design, but it really doesn't matter

I would normally use Epcos/Ferroxcube, Magnetics, Fair-rite. Well reputed suppliers, but with a margin

There is cheaper alternatives, just flinging names: Hua Jung, DMEGC, Fuantronics, NCD, Acme, Cosmo

Anybody been down this road, found a cheap, reliable source?



Re: Low cost ferrite
Klaus Kragelund wrote:

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Isn't the answer 3C90 in the past and 3C94 now?

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I would say that 3C95 is a high-performance material, hence counts as  
fancy. But it depends on your reference frame, for some people 8C11  
wouldn't be too fancy.

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There is plenty of cheap PC40 on AliExpress. Ferritish to the point of  
being boring. It works. Nothing to see here, move along.

    Best regards, Piotr

Re: Low cost ferrite
On Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:02:12 -0700 (PDT), Klaus Kragelund

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You want cheap, you're better off going with the flow.

Use commodity core shapes and get the thing made off-shore.
Give the vendor multiple core material options, including  
Cosmo, Acme,Samwha,YTE and the usual western brands of  
roughly equivalent grade - it doesn't have to be a lousy one.

Quote insulation by UL category and class, not by mfr name.
Wire by NEMA/IEC standard and temperature index, to match  
your insulation system.

I've had parts quoted for pennies, assembled, probably just  
because the material requirements could be met by stock on-hand.

Small vendors in the 'west' don't stand a chance in the  
costing game.


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