Archive for December, 2014

Bourns China Xiamen Facility Receives General Motors 2013-2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance

December 17, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif., December 17, 2014 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the company’s China, Xiamen facility has received the 2013-2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Award from General Motors (GM) China. GM’s Supplier Quality Excellence Award recognizes key suppliers that have achieved outstanding performance on multiple levels of key performance indicators (KPIs) over the preceding 12 month period. Bourns Xiamen Automotive Division supplies steering angle sensors to GM, and achieved a zero parts per million (PPM) performance as an automotive supplier to GM in 2014. The award ceremony was held at the GM China headquarters in Shanghai on November 12, 2014, and the award was presented to Bourns by Sean Liang, GM China GPSC Director.

GM and China have had a working relationship that has spanned more than nine decades. GM has 10 joint ventures and two wholly-owned foreign enterprises as well as more than 58,000 employees in China. Products are sold under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Opel, Baojun, Wuling and Jiefang brand names.

Bourns designs, develops and manufactures an extensive range of innovative and cost-effective automotive position, speed and torque sensors in its world-class facilities positioned throughout the globe. The company’s research and development combined with its close collaboration with customers ensures Bourns customized products meet the strict requirements set for the automotive industry.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and supplier of position and speed sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic components, microelectronic modules, panel controls and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, California, USA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including automotive, industrial, consumer, communications, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Additional company and product information is available 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 Acknowledges Top European Distributor Partners for Outstanding Contributions in Achieving Sales Goals

December 16, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif., December 16, 2014 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that it acknowledged the company’s top performing distributors with its European Distributor Awards during an event at this year’s Electronica trade show held in Munich, Germany. Bourns developed the awards to recognize the outstanding contributions by its distributor channel partners over the past eighteen months in helping Bourns achieve its EMEA business sales goals.

Bourns presented awards to Alma Electronica, Arrow Europe and Digi-Key Europe for overall POS growth in 2013 and 2014. BORAN and TTI Europe received awards for their outstanding demand discovery and conversion performance in 2013 and 2014. Premier Farnell was singled out for its excellent customer generation performance.

“Our POS growth award winners have consistently demonstrated a superior service level from their strong and well-educated sales teams. The sales results they delivered helped us to grow sales across our product portfolio and customer base in EMEA,” said Andre Dey, Distribution Manager EMEA at Bourns GmbH. “We also applaud the expert technical support provided by our demand discovery/conversion and customer generation performance winners that led to positive business development even in the face of ongoing market complexities. Bourns is pleased to acknowledge these essential sales channel relationships with well-deserved awards, and extend our enduring commitment to work together to achieve continued business growth.”

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and supplier of position and speed sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic components, microelectronic modules, panel controls and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, California, USA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including automotive, industrial, consumer, communications, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Additional company and product information is available 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 Announces New Power Inductor Series Offering Excellent DC/DC Conversion Performance for Automotive Applications

December 9, 2014
Bourns® SMD Power Inductor Series

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RIVERSIDE, Calif., December 9, 2014 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the company’s new SMD Power Inductor Series that includes nine new devices designed for automotive applications. Designated the Bourns® Models SDE0403A, SDE0604A, SDE0805A, SRF0703A, SRF0905A, SRF1280A, SRR0745A, SRR1210A and SRR6040A, the new series consists of non-shielded and shielded construction devices that are AEC-Q200 qualified. The series features inductance values from 0.47 to 6500 μH, has a heating current range up to 17.9 A and offers profiles as low as 3.2 mm. These advanced features make Bourns® power inductors ideal for a broad array of automotive applications that include driver assistant devices, information/entertainment systems and lighting.

Product Features:

New Model Construction Product Size Inductance Range Heating Current Range Saturation Current Range
SDE0403A Series Non-shielded 4.5 x 4 x 3.2 mm 1 – 68 μH 0.4 – 2.7 A 0.55 – 4.8 A
SDE0604A Series Non-shielded 5.8 x 5.2 x 4.5 mm 1.2 – 150 μH 0.52 – 5.3 A 0.52 – 6 A
SDE0805A Series Non-shielded 7.8 x 7 x 5 mm 1.5 – 470 μH 0.55 – 5.8 A 0.4 – 6.5 A
SRF0703A Series Shielded 7.6 x 7.6 x 3.4 mm 8.2 – 600 μH 0.289 – 2.19 A 0.32 – 2.66 A
SRF0905A Series Shielded 9.2 x 6 x 5 mm 10 – 6500 μH 0.3 – 1.6 A N/A
SRF1280A Series Shielded 12.5 x 12.5 x 8 mm 0.47 – 4000 μH 0.307 – 17.9 A 0.571 – 56 A
SRR0745A Series Shielded 7.3 x 7.3 x 4.5 mm 10 – 1000 μH 0.2 – 2.1 A 0.24 – 2.5 A
SRR1210A Series Shielded 12 x 12 x 10 mm 1 – 1000 μH 0.75 – 11 A 0.7 – 16.5 A
SRR6040A Series Shielded 6.7 x 6.7 x 4 mm 1 – 100 μH 0.65 – 5 A 0.57 – 5.55 A

“An increasing number of automotive applications rely on power inductors to power a new range of vehicle systems and functionality,” said Guido Zehnder, product manager at Bourns, Inc. “Bourns specifically designed this comprehensive new device series to meet varying application requirements while also satisfying the high current needs in today’s automotive DC/DC converters and power supplies. By adding these 9 new automotive series we offer now 20 models in total.”

Pricing and Availability
Bourns’ new power inductors series for automotive applications is available now. As a pricing reference, the Bourns® Model SDE0604A is priced at $ 0.20 each in 50k piece quantities. The new power inductor series offers electrical characteristics and dimensions that are either functionally identical or comparable to Bourns’ existing standard series. For more information, please see www.bourns.com/ProductLine.aspx?name=power_ind_AEC-Q200_qualified.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and supplier of position and speed sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic components, microelectronic modules, panel controls and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, California, USA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including automotive, industrial, consumer, communications, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Additional company and product information is available at www.bourns.com

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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 Acquires Komatsulite Mfg. Co., Ltd

December 3, 2014

RIVERSIDE, California, USA, December 3, 2014 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, announced today that it has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Komatsulite Mfg. Co., Ltd and its subsidiaries. Komatsulite, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is a leader in the field of safety devices for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Gordon Bourns, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bourns, Inc., said, “The acquisition of Komatsulite is a significant milestone in Bourns’ long term growth which adds highly complementary products consistent with our strategic roadmap.”

Komatsulite’s innovative mini-breaker devices enable long battery life, high current draw and fast recharge, while providing an effective mechanism to protect against over-temperature conditions. Komatsulite also manufactures specialty connectors and a range of precision-molded components for electronics equipment. With four manufacturing facilities in Japan and one in China, Komatsulite generates in excess of $100 million in annual revenues.

According to Dr. Erik Meijer, President of Bourns Electronics, this acquisition provides Bourns with an attractive offering of protectors combining bi-metal switches and thermistors. “New component technology introductions in the safety device arena are rare and we are very excited about adding Komatsulite’s mini-breaker products to our broad range of protection technologies,” said Dr. Meijer. “With over 30 years of market experience and a variety of innovative internally-developed and acquired products, Bourns is committed to supplying the best and most reliable electronic solutions to satisfy the diverse needs of our customers.”

Yoichi Yoshimura, President and CEO of Komatsulite Mfg. Co., Ltd, said, “The combination with Bourns is ideal for Komatsulite’s customers which will now benefit not only from our superior precision-molded devices but also from having access to Bourns’ extensive global sales and technical support network. Our team is excited about joining Bourns and pursuing new opportunities for the Komatsulite business.”

About Komatsulite
Komatsulite Mfg. Co., Ltd, is a specialist manufacturer of precision-molded components for the electronics industry and the leading supplier of mini-breaker devices that are used as safety devices primarily in batteries with the ability to interrupt current flows in case of power surges or excessive temperatures. More information is available at www.komatsulite.co.jp.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and supplier of position and speed sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic components, microelectronic modules, panel controls and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, California, USA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including automotive, industrial, consumer, communications, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Additional company and product information is available at www.bourns.com

Bourns’ Innovative FLAT™ Gas Discharge Tube Technology Provides Robust Circuit Protection for Smaller, Sensitive Electronics Designs

December 1, 2014

Bourns® 2015 Series FLAT™ GDT Surge Arrestor

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RIVERSIDE, Calif., December 1, 2014 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today introduced its innovative FLAT™ Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) technology. Designed as a robust circuit protection solution to meet the challenging requirements of today’s smaller and more sensitive electronics equipment, Bourns’ new FLAT™ GDT technology reduces height and overall volume while maintaining its isolation and current-handling capabilities. The new compact, space-saving design offers superior surge current ratings, low leakage and insertion loss with constant capacitance regardless of voltage. The new series features a wide voltage range (90-600 V) and voltage-limiting performance ideally suited to sensitive equipment with minimal impact on signal or system operation.

GDT devices are popular as overvoltage protection solutions due to their extremely low capacitance and low leakage characteristics, along with their high surge current- handling capabilities. These characteristics make GDT devices ideal for use in a wide variety of telecommunications, industrial and non-critical medical equipment designs requiring robust overvoltage protection. Key to a conventional GDT’s ability to handle surge energy and maintain electrical isolation is its overall diameter and length. Solving the issues of space-constrained applications, the Bourns® FLAT™ GDT technology utilizes a unique isolation pathway design that allows the GDT to be “squeezed” in the axial direction resulting in significantly reduced height and volume as compared to similarly-rated conventional GDTs.

“While conventional GDT devices provide effective overvoltage protection, they do so at the cost of valuable printed circuit board space. Bourns’ FLAT™ GDT technology provides the key features and benefits of conventional GDT technology in an innovative volume and space-saving design,” said Kurt Wattelet, product manager at Bourns, Inc. “When compared to a surface mount 8 mm Bourns® GDT, the horizontal mount Bourns® FLAT™ GDT design is reduced in volume by an impressive 75 percent while maintaining the performance of the standard device.”

Pricing and Availability
The Bourns® Model 2015 is available now in flexible mounting options that include horizontal, vertical and bottom side PCB. As a pricing reference, Model 2015-xx is priced at $.42 each in 1,000 piece quantities. For more information, please see Bourns’ FLAT™ GDT product page.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and supplier of position and speed sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic components, microelectronic modules, panel controls and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, California, USA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including automotive, industrial, consumer, communications, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Additional company and product information is available 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.