Archive for November, 2009

Bourns Introduces New WEBENCH-Based Tools for Power Supply, LED Driver Design and Inductor Selection

November 17, 2009

RIVERSIDE, Calif., November 17, 2009 — Bourns, Inc, a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that the company has introduced the availability of WEBENCH® Designer customized specifically for Bourns and its inductor customers. In cooperation with National Semiconductor Corp., the Bourns® version of WEBENCH Designer is available now on the Bourns website, www.bourns.com. It is a powerful design and prototyping tool designed to help create power supplies, DC-DC converters and LED driver solutions that meet design requirements for simulation, optimization and quick prototypes. WEBENCH tools enable designers to easily fine-tune switching power supply and LED driver designs and solve problems before a prototype is built, alleviating the time and extra costs associated with traditional design methods. The new toolset can also be used for device selection allowing customers to locate the optimal switching regulator and Inductor products for their power supply and LED applications.

“One of the great challenges of power supply design is finding the time to perform labor-intensive tasks to define the circuits and calculate component values,” said Andy Chow, Field Application Engineer for Bourns, Inc. “Bourns now offers an easy-to-use, advanced toolset to automatically create the best possible power supply to meet both designer and customer requirements in just a few keystrokes and every solution is optimized around the ideal Bourns Inductor.”

To use the new Bourns version of WEBENCH Designer, simply log onto the Bourns website and click on the “LED and Power Design Tool” caption on the home page. Visitors are then asked to enter their input voltage, the desired output voltage and current for their power supply. WEBENCH Designer displays several circuit solutions for power IC and Bourns Inductor options, including recommendations for the surrounding components.

The optimization tool allows designers to fine-tune their design by making tradeoffs between efficiency and footprint. After the schematic is finalized, the bill of materials (BOM) presents the ideal Bourns Inductor and all of the other power components in the system. Adding to the inductor selection flexibility, “Select Alternate Part” allow designers to choose another Bourns Inductor for a different footprint or performance. A final printout featuring a full report including schematic, BOM, operating values, and performance charts is also available. Over 1900 Bourns Inductors are included in the tool, providing solutions to a large variety of applications. The parametric values cover a wide range including: Inductance from .1 uH to 15000 uH, DCR’s from 2 mOhms to 168 Ohms and Current rating from 20mA up to 46A.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, precision potentiometers, panel controls and encoders and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, CA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including telecommunications, computer, industrial, instrumentation, automotive, consumer, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Bourns products are manufactured according to ISO-9000 standards under Six Sigma quality programs. Additional company and product information is available at the company’s website at http://www.bourns.com.

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bourns, Inc. and may be used only with the permission of Bourns and proper acknowledgement.

WEBENCH is a registered trademark of National Semiconductor Corporation and used with permission.

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Bourns Announces Availability of Web-Based Technical Training

November 13, 2009
RIVERSIDE, Calif., November 11, 2009 — Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that the company has developed a series of online technical training modules and tools that are available on its website, www.bourns.com. The web-based tutorials provide in-depth technical information on Bourns® products, information to help design engineers select the right product or solution for their specific application and relevant standards specifications. The first training modules offer detailed data on circuit protection, resistive products and sensors and controls technology solutions.

“One of the aspects that separates Bourns from its competitors is the company’s strong technical knowledge and applications expertise. This new series of training modules is an excellent way for us to share our experience with design engineers,” said Dennis Lause, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Bourns, Inc. “Designs are more complex than ever and engineers are continually asked to do more with less. We created these self-paced online tools to help designers better understand the solutions available to them and to select the appropriate product for their needs. The tutorials also help design engineers maximize the value of integrating a Bourns solution, if they choose to do so.”

Bourns plans to expand its series of technical tutorials online to include new application areas and products.  To view the online tutorials available now, go to http://www.bourns.com/Training.aspx.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, precision potentiometers, panel controls and encoders and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, CA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including telecommunications, computer, industrial, instrumentation, automotive, consumer, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Bourns® products are manufactured according to ISO-9000 standards under Six Sigma quality programs. Additional company and product information is available at the company’s website at www.bourns.com.

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bourns, Inc. and may be used only with the permission of Bourns and proper acknowledgement. Other listed names and brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.