Download Basics of Linear Fixed Resistors (2008, Vishay, 8 pages, 211KB pdf file)

This app note comes from one of the big manufacturers of resistors (and other passive components), so you can expect accurate information about the construction of all kinds of modern resistors and their characteristics. The table on page 5 gives a good overview. What is missing from the table (and only mentioned shortly on p. 4) are the high frequency characteristics. The relevant international standards are discussed, also certification and quality assessment.

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