A multilayer ceramic electronic component comprises a ceramic body as well as first and second electrodes externally positioned on the surfaces of the ceramic body, respectively. The ceramic body includes an area for capacitance formation that includes dielectric layers and internal electrodes, margin portions that are positioned on both sides of the capacitance-forming portion, and cover portions that are located on both sides of the capacitance forming part. The first and second external electrodes consist of the second and first base electrodes, respectively, the first and second layers of conductive material disposed around the edges of the first and second base electrodes, respectively, and first and second terminal electrodes that cover the second and first base electrodes, respectively.

Multilayer ceramic electronic components have become less bulky and efficient in recent times due to the growing trend towards smaller and more compact components.

External electrodes used in multilayer ceramic electronic components are becoming thinner in order to meet the increasing demand for smaller and more powerful multilayer ceramic components.

In accordance with the art, in order to create the external electrode glass, glass, a base resin and an organic solvent are combined with an ordinary conductive metal to create an external electrode paste. the external electrode paste is sprayed to bothend surfaces of the main body of ceramic, and then the main body of the ceramic is sintered in order to sinter metal within the electrode external.

External electrode paste is made of a conductive material. It protects the chip and creates an electrical connections. Glass acts as an additional material.

However, as the multilayer ceramic electronic component is reduced in size and is able to handle high capacities, the stacking number of internal electrodes is enhanced to ensure capacity. Therefore, the concept of reducing the thickness of both the upper and lower cover layersis universally utilized.

As a result when an electrode externally is made then an internal electrode is formed within the vicinity of an area of the corner of a body made of ceramic, having a smaller thickness and thus may be readily exposed to chemical and physical impact.

Detail: As an external electrode for the multilayer ceramic electronic component is thinned, an area of thickness near a corner of the main body of the ceramic is also diminished. Corner coverage performance can be diminished as a plating solution could be sprayed.

Moreover, in the case of an external electrode used in a model that has a high capacity the moment the electrode of an external source is sintered to minimize temperature shock, a substance which can be sintered at low temperatures is employed. In the case of glass that is softened by a low temperature and is abrasive, it could have an acid resistance that is weak in the course of plating. The solution for plating can easily penetrate a plating layer created without an electrode external to it. This can lead to the quality of the product being affected due to decreased moisture resistance reliability.

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