Archive for June, 2010

Bourns Announces Industry’s First ECL Triggered

June 29, 2010

Bourns® TBU™ PL-Series SLIC
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 29, 2010

– Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced its latest series of Transient Blocking Unit (TBU™) circuit protection devices designed to protect telecommunications applications from surges in the industry’s first electronic current limiter triggered by excessive voltage or current. Designated the Bourns® TBU™ PL-Series SLIC, the new circuit protection device family provides extremely fast overcurrent protection combined with SLIC battery voltage tracking triggered protection. Combined with additional overvoltage protectors, this new solution protects against very high surge levels and meets telecom 500A Telcordia GR-1089 intrabuilding and 6kV/150A ITU-T standards. 

Protecting sensitive telecom applications from the potentially damaging effects of surges that can cause current and voltage to rise above normal operating levels, the Bourns® TBU™ PL-Series responds in 100 nanoseconds.  The resettable circuit protection devices also feature significantly lower let-thru energy and overshoot protection, which reduces stress on the SLIC and the printed circuit board (PCB) for increased reliability and product life.  Bourns’ new TBU™ series also cuts the circuit protection component count to three devices compared to the seven needed in a conventional gated thyristor solution because there is no need for peripheral R-C or L-C components nor additional GDTs for increased surge requirements that take up valuable PCB space and increase manufacturing costs.

“Similarly, for customers who are currently using the Bourns® P-G TBU™ series, the new Bourns® TBU™ PL-Series drastically reduces the component count and the TBU™ package size is 25 percent smaller to better meet our customer’s needs for board area and height reductions,” said Paul Wiener, telecom market director at Bourns.  “This new TBU™ series provides the best of both worlds – the highest protection levels with the fewest number of components.”

The Bourns® TBU™ PL-Series is available in three voltages (850, 600 and 500) and two operating current levels (100 mA and 200 mA) that match worldwide standards and SLIC chipset requirements.  Product samples, evaluation boards and sample kits are available now through Bourns’ distribution partners.  As a pricing example, Bourns® TBU-PL050-100-WH is priced at ($.056 each) in (3K) quantities.

About Bourns® TBU™ Technology
Bourns’ TBU™ High Speed Protector is the first new approach to electronics circuit protection in over a decade. This technology is designed to block a transient through a current disconnecting mechanism. Rather than a complex interstage coordination between two shunting components, the TBU™ device allows customers to protect circuit boards from both overvoltage and overcurrent surges. The TBU™ device protects electronic equipment within nanoseconds, essentially eliminating latency common in the circuit protection design, limiting let-through energy. The TBU™ device has virtually no capacitance or inductance, and therefore can be used in high bandwidth applications. It has a resistive characteristic which permits currents up to a certain level to pass unimpeded to the protected interface. In higher current situations, the TBU™ device switches to a high impedance state, protecting until the surge voltage dissipates or the short-circuit reseals. The TBU™ device offers full bi-directional operation which is inherently resettable.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, trimming and 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. Bourns® automotive products are manufactured in accordance with the TS16949 standard. Additional company and product information is available at the company’s website at http://www.bourns.com/.

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are 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. 

Bourns First to Develop Simplified One-Page Documentation Series on Port Interface Circuit Protection

June 15, 2010

Bourns® PortNote™ Solutions & Design Kits
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 15, 2010 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the introduction of a unique new series of useful design documentation developed to assist designers in selecting the appropriate circuit protection solution for a specific port interface. Bourns® PortNote™ Solutions are a series of one-page documents that provide concise and easily understandable information on relevant compliance standards, Bourns solutions and part numbers, the specific interface schematic and alternative solution references. As the majority of circuit protection products are designed into variations of just a few ports, each Bourns® PortNote™ Solution offers designers a simple starting point for the protection of a particular port.

“Bourns® PortNote™ Solutions are a time-saving design tool that quickly provides an effective circuit protection solution known to work in most typical applications down to the Bourns® part number,” said Dr. Erik Meijer, vice president of circuit protection at Bourns. “PortNote™ Solutions are not intended to replace detailed application notes or the customized solutions provided by our FAE teams, but rather be a useful resource to streamline the circuit protection selection process for a specific port interface.”

Accessible on the Bourns website, Bourns currently has 13 PortNote™ Solutions in its documentation library with more in development and planned for release in the near future. At present, there are four PortNote™ Solutions that cover Ethernet and USB ports for datacom applications; three on HDMI and VHF/UHF coaxial ports for audio/video applications and six show solutions for ISDN, various RJ11 and VDSL ports in telecom designs.  In addition, Bourns offers corresponding Design Kits. Each design kit contains enough Bourns® products to build five of the circuits suggested in the PortNote™ Solution. To view the individual Bourns® PortNote™ Solutions or to inquire about the design kits, go to the Bourns website at http://www.bourns.com/Library.aspx?name=PortNoteSolutions.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, trimming and 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. Bourns® automotive products are manufactured in accordance with the TS16949 standard. Additional company and product information is available at the company’s website at www.bourns.com.

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are 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.

Bourns Announces New Product Updates to its Innovative Line of Guitar Potentiometers

June 2, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 1, 2010 — Bourns, Inc. announces the release of three new guitar potentiometer design kits, and new product updates to its industry-leading line of guitar potentiometers along with two new application notes.  Designed to help improve guitar longevity and sound quality, the following products and resources will be showcased in Bourns’ booth #1245 at the upcoming Summer NAMM Show, June 18-20, 2010 in Nashville, TN. 

  • H-1200 Guitar Potentiometer Design Kit – Premium and Vintage Models including Model 95 and Model 82 guitar pots
  • H-1201 Guitar Potentiometer Design Kit – Standard Models including Model PDA241-SRT, Model PDA241-HRT and Model PDB241-GTR guitar pots
  • H-1202 Guitar Potentiometer Design Kit – Standard Mini Models including Model PDB181-GTR, Model PDB1822-GTRB Blend-Balance, and Model PDB183-GTR with push-pull switch guitar pots
  • Model 82A1D-A24 Product Update – Vintage Guitar Potentiometer with standard bushing and plain shaft, 250k and 500k tapers (for thin body guitars)
  • Model 82Z1D-Z33 Product Update – Vintage Guitar Potentiometer with long bushing and knurled shaft, 250k and 500k audio tapers (for thick body guitars)
  • Model PDB241-GTR03 Product Update – Standard Guitar Potentiometer with long bushing and knurled shaft, 250k and 500k audio taper (for thick body guitars)
  • Model PDB241-GTR04 Product Update – Standard Guitar Potentiometer with long bushing and plain shaft, 250k and 500k audio taper (for thick body guitars)

Bourns has also released two new application notes to support guitar potentiometer installation and upgrades for electric and bass guitars.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, trimming and 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 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.

Legendary Guitarist/Songwriter Jeff Carlisi to Make Appearance in Bourns’ Booth at 2010 Summer NAMM Show

June 2, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 1, 2010 — Bourns, Inc. today announced that Jeff Carlisi, former guitarist of the rock band 38 Special, will make an appearance in Bourns’ booth during the upcoming Summer NAMM Show, June 18-20, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn.  Carlisi will meet attendees and sign autographs to help promote Bourns’ industry-leading line of guitar potentiometers.  The legendary guitarist/songwriter will also be promoting CAMP JAM, his summer rock music camp for kids and teens.

Attendees of the Summer NAMM Show are invited to meet Jeff Carlisi.

Where: Bourns’ booth #1245
When: Friday, June 18:  2:30 – 3:30 PM
Saturday, June 19: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Carlisi has used Bourns’ guitar potentiometers for more than 30 years and is a supporter of the company’s products.  As the original guitarist and songwriter for the classic southern rock band 38 Special, Carlisi has five platinum albums that include mega-hit songs “Caught Up in You,” “Second Chance,” and “Hold on Loosely.”  Today, Carlisi is helping young aspiring musicians make their rock star dreams come true with CAMP JAM, which he co-founded in 2004.

CAMP JAM is the ultimate summer rock music camp for kids and teens and is held in 17 cities across the U.S. and Canada.  The CAMP JAM program gives young musicians the chance to meet others their age for the rock ‘n’ roll experience of a lifetime—from forming their own bands and playing a concert to hanging out with rock music legends.  For more information, visit http://www.campjam.com/.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, trimming and 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 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.

Bourns Awarded 2009 Resistor/Capacitor Commodity Supplier

June 2, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif., May 27, 2010 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that Rockwell Collins has named Bourns its 2009 Resistor/Capacitor Commodity Supplier of the Year.  At its Annual Supplier Conference, Rockwell Collins acknowledges the significant contributions made during the past year by its suppliers.  The Supplier of the Year Award is based upon superior quality, delivery, total cost of ownership, lead time and customer service.  Rockwell Collins’ Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Moore presented the award to Mario Zuchovicki, vice president and general manager of Bourns’ resistive products division, at the conference.  Rockwell Collins recognized only 22 companies out of their approximately 10,000 suppliers for awards.  Bourns was also selected as one of three finalists for the prestigious Rockwell Collins 2009 President’s Award.

“We are thrilled to again receive this recognition from Rockwell Collins.  The award serves as validation that Bourns is succeeding in its mission to satisfy customers with excellent quality, responsive service and superior products,” said Mr. Zuchovicki.  “We look forward to continued participation in the Rockwell Collins Supplier Advisory Alliance Council and the sharing of best practices as a leader in LEAN initiatives.”

“Bourns was again chosen for a supplier award because the company consistently delivers quality products, manages risk within their supply base and embraces LEAN principles,” said Roger Weiss, vice president of material and supply for Rockwell Collins.  “As one of Rockwell Collins’ enduring top suppliers, Bourns was also chosen as a finalist for our President’s Award.”

About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. The company’s expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, trimming and 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. Bourns® automotive products are manufactured in accordance with the TS16949 standard. Additional company and product information is available at the company’s website at http://www.bourns.com/.

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are 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.