Archive for April, 2009

Bourns Selected as 2008 Resistor/Capacitor Commodity Supplier of the Year by Rockwell Collins

April 29, 2009
Top (L-R) Dan Kingsbury (RC), Amy Ellis (Vector),Tina Wagner (RC), Courtney Hansen (RC), Justin Jones (RC) Bottom (L-R) Jeff Moore (RC), Debbie Carraway (RC), Mario Zuchovicki (Bourns), Jackie Mancini (Bourns), Steve Altheide (Vector), Roger Weiss (RC)

Top (L-R) Dan Kingsbury (RC), Amy Ellis (Vector),Tina Wagner (RC), Courtney Hansen (RC), Justin Jones (RC) Bottom (L-R) Jeff Moore (RC), Debbie Carraway (RC), Mario Zuchovicki (Bourns), Jackie Mancini (Bourns), Steve Altheide (Vector), Roger Weiss (RC)

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 28, 2009 — Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that Rockwell Collins has named Bourns its 2008 Resistor Capacitor Commodity Supplier of the Year.  Rockwell Collins hailed Bourns for its innovative products, dedicated service and inventive solutions.  The Rockwell Collins senior management team presented the award to Mario Zuchovicki, vice president and general manager of Bourns’ resistive products division.  Rockwell Collins recognized only 20 companies out of their approximately 10,000 suppliers for this award.

“We are honored and proud to receive this prestigious award recognizing Bourns as one of the best companies in the industry,” said Mr. Zuchovicki.  “As a pioneer in the resistive products market, Bourns continues to build on its leading position with innovative products backed with strong technical support.  This award is a validation of the importance Bourns places on providing both superior products along with outstanding customer service.”

“Bourns was chosen because the company delivers on their commitments, manages risk within their supply base, embraces LEAN principles, and is a responsive resource for Rockwell Collins,” said Roger Weiss, vice president of material and supply for Rockwell Collins.  “Bourns is also a valued member of our Supplier Alliance Advisory council which was organized for the mutual sharing of supply chain management best practices between Rockwell Collins and its suppliers.”

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Bourns Announces New Power Resistor Product Designed To Meet High Temperature Soldering Requirements

April 23, 2009
Bourns Power Resistor PWR263 (Download Hi-Res Image)

Bourns Power Resistor PWR263 (Download Hi-Res Image)

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 21, 2009 — Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the company has developed a new power resistor specifically engineered to meet high temperature soldering requirements that enable improved automated board assembly.  Designated Bourns PWR263S-20, the new power resistor features a D²PAK surface mount package, which provides an optimal solution for space-constrained designs that have lead free soldering temperature requirements.  Bourns’ new power resistor is ideal for high-volume; high power component automated assembly, and is a drop-in replacement for competitive thickfilm resistive products in D²PAK packages.  The new power resistor is designed to fit a broad range of applications that include industrial automation, telecommunication equipment, lighting controls, heating systems, battery chargers, inverter drives and general switch mode power supplies.

“Bourns has uniquely positioned its latest power resistor to give our customers a smaller application solution while facilitating board assembly by meeting high temperature soldering requirements compatible with lead free reflow conditions,” said Cathal Sheehan, product marketing manager for Bourns Resistive Products Division.  “As a pioneer in the development of thickfilm resistors, Bourns is utilizing this vast expertise in engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance for the development of the latest generation of power resistive products.”

Bourns’ PWR263S-20 power resistor features a low inductive resistive film which is ideal for high frequency circuits and provides high surge capability suitable for applications requiring resistors to discharge capacitive energy.  It also has a wide resistance range of 0.5 Ohms 1% and 5% to 130K Ohms 1% and 5% for increased stability and durability over a wide temperature range.

Specification Description
Power 20W at 25˚C
TCR 100 PPM /˚C
Thermal Resistance 6.5˚C / W
Resistance Range 0.5Ω to 130KΩ
Inductance 0.1μH
Operating Voltage √P*R
Insulation Resistance 10G Ω

Bourns TBU Products Win EDN 2008 Innovation Award

April 22, 2009
Bourns® TBU Devices (Download Hi-Res JPG)

Bourns® TBU Devices (Download Hi-Res JPG)

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 15, 2009 — Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that the company’s Transient Blocking Unit (TBU) Electronic Current Limiter circuit protection devices have won the EDN 2008 Innovation Award in the Power Semiconductors category.  Bourns TBU products were selected as the winner from a field of hundreds of entries, beating out several finalist products from leading companies.  The EDN Innovation Awards recognize technology’s most significant advancements – and the designers who invent them.  This year’s program featured 27 categories and to be eligible, nominees must have demonstrated innovation that resulted in a significant advance in technology and/or product development. 

“It is a distinct honor to be among the winners selected from an outstanding field of innovative products and technology represented by leading electronics companies,” said Dr. Erik Meijer, vice president of circuit protection at Bourns.  “We are thrilled that our peers in the industry and EDN’s editorial staff and advisory board singled out our new TBU technology as advancing the industry.” 

As the first new approach to electronics circuit protection in over a decade, Bourns’ TBU technology is designed to block a transient through a current disconnecting mechanism rather than diverting or shunting the surge to ground.  This new blocking technology virtually eliminates latency in the circuit protection design which results in advanced surge protection for sensitive electronic equipment within nanoseconds. 

“To choose the ‘Innovation of the Year’ winners, EDN readers and editors evaluated integrated circuits, EDA tools, embedded hardware and software, components and sensors, power supplies and devices, and test instruments and technologies,” stated Rick Nelson, EDN’s editor-in-chief.  “Clearly, they recognized the significance of Bourns’ Transient Blocking Unit (TBU) circuit protection devices in the Power Semiconductors category,” Nelson said, adding, “I congratulate Bourns on the great work they did in 2008.”

Bourns Announces Circuit Protection Products for Industrial, Test, Security and Process Control Equipment

April 8, 2009
Bourns® TBU™ Device for Industrial Applications

Bourns® TBU™ Device for Industrial Applications (Download Hi-Res JPG)

Riverside, Calif., Apr 7, 2009 Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that the company has expanded its line of circuit protection solutions for industrial applications to include Transient Blocking Unit (TBU) devices. The TBU devices are designed for a broad range of applications including models for industrial, test, security and process control equipment. Designated Bourns C650, C850 and P40 product families, the TBU models feature extremely low energy let-thru and are resettable to provide secure protection for a varying range of power surge threats from lightning and power cross to technician error and factory floor mishaps. Bourns’ TBU devices are compatible with very high speed data buses enabling them to meet speed and bandwidth requirements for reliable power surge protection. The TBU devices also have a very small footprint and meet extremely high equipment uptime requirements in space-constrained applications such as avionics, defense and mass transit applications.

Bourns’ TBU products offer key features required for circuit protection in industrial, test, security and process control equipment applications including speed, bandwidth and resettability. The devices are compatible with faster next-generation chipsets and are resettable within microseconds to provide immediate recovery in critical operations. The TBU devices meet application needs for linearity and high frequency applications to match the demands of high data rate equipment designs.

“Highly dependable circuit protection has been a mainstay for telecommunications applications and it is quickly becoming as equally important for a broad range of industrial and process control applications,” said Dr. Erik Meijer, vice president of circuit protection at Bourns. “Application trends are migrating toward more sensitive electronics with increased demand for improved equipment and process uptime and faster data rates are leading more designers to rethink their circuit protection solutions. Bourns’ TBU devices were designed to meet diverse OEM application requirements for reliable circuit protection under a wide variety of power surge conditions.”

As the only new approach to electronics circuit protection in over a decade, Bourns’ new TBU devices are optimized for 24/7 deployments where circuit protection needs to be immediate to maintain optimal operating functions. Bourns’ TBU technology is designed to immediately block a transient through a current disconnecting mechanism, offering superior protection. TBU technology completely eliminates latency in the circuit protection design, resulting in a fundamentally new and advanced surge protection for sensitive non-telecom applications.