I have been doing some net-surfing on Farnell's website and stumbled upon a section called
According to Wikipedia, this package family has a rather funnily sounding de-abbreviation Most End up Lying on the Floor, since they are extremely easy to lose. This may be due to the fact that they are cylindrical... I myself have lost quite a few of such diodes.
Wiki says, that there are three basic sizes. MELF, MiniMELF, MicroMelf - the two latter are in the power-rating range of 0603/0805 resistors. The 1W MELF package is obviously useful for dissipation reasons.
So my question is, why on Earth would anybody design a board containing small MELF components, since they can easily be replaced with more modern flat parts? I cannot see a single advantage. Please prove me wrong.