Bourns Showcases Industry-Leading Breadth of AEC-Q200 Qualified Components in New Automotive Component Selection Guide

April 6, 2016

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 5, 2016 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, has published a new Automotive Component Selection Guide that showcases the company’s breadth of AEC-Q200 qualified components. In the latest short form brochure, Bourns lists its broad selection of AEC-Q200 products that include resistors and magnetics that condition and filter electronic circuits. Complementing Bourns’ circuit conditioning products is its large portfolio of circuit protection products designed specifically for automotive applications. These products satisfy the component requirements of next-generation lighting, comfort and positioning, networking, electrification and infotainment applications.

AEC-Q200 is a global automotive standard for passive components that ensures temperature, pressure resistance and safety consistency. For products to be AEC-Q200 qualified, they must pass a rigorous series of tests. Bourns has extensive experience designing, building and supplying high reliability AEC-Q200 compliant components. All the company’s passive components approved for automotive designs are tested and qualified using the AEC-Q200 specification, and are manufactured in facilities that are fully certified to TS 16949. Bourns also performs surge tests and offers application and customer-specific testing giving customers access to its application test lab.

“Bourns’ wide range of AEC-Q200 qualified products ensures automotive and other mission-critical applications of high-quality solutions for increasingly sophisticated and complex designs that must operate in harsh environments,” said John Kelly, vice president and general manager of the consumer division of Bourns. “Leveraging our proven history of supplying the automotive market with quality sensor products, Bourns’ standards-based inductive and circuit protection components reliably help designers meet the board-level requirements of many automotive applications.”

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.

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Bourns Latest Feature-rich Uninterruptible Power Supplies for Indoor Use Offer Compact, High Reliability Back-up Solutions

January 26, 2016
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., January 26, 2016 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced three new uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) that are compact, feature-rich DC power supply and battery back-up solutions. The latest UPS devices from Bourns are optimal DC power supply and battery back-up devices for 12 Vdc powered Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), and are also well-suited for any 12 Vdc application where DC power and battery back-up is required. Offering small size for placement flexibility and designed for high reliability, Bourns’ latest UPS models provide three alarm features, ONT reset and cold start functions along with overvoltage protection and EMI/RFI filtering. These UPS devices utilize Lithium-Ion battery technology with integrated battery management systems which helps assure long-life and safe operation.

The Model MX1236 Series Indoor MicroFlex UPS offers a unique low-profile design where the DC supply and Lithium-Ion battery pack can be stacked, and can accept up to three battery packs for additional back-up capacity. In addition, the Model MX1236 Series UPS is capable of accepting 50 / 60 Hz AC power inputs from 100 to 240 Vac. This DC power supply provides a nominal DC output of 12 V / 3.0 A (36 Watts). During a power failure, the replaceable Lithium-Ion battery pack is capable of providing up to 10 hours of back-up capacity at 8 Watts. UL Listed, the Bourns® Model MX1236 Series provides the small size and flexibility needed to support today’s ONTs, Optical Network Units (ONUs), Fiber to the Home (FTTH), security systems, and more. Orderable options are: Model MX1236-L2-C7 which includes a power supply, UPS battery and relays for Vdc and telemetry output and Model MX1236-P-C7 which includes a power supply and relays for Vdc and telemetry output. Model MX36-LC is a replacement battery.

The Bourns® Model MP1218-L1 Series Indoor Micro UPS provides a constant supply of DC power and additionally provides battery back-up power in case of an electrical power outage. It can accept 50 / 60 Hz AC power inputs from 100 to 240 Vac. The DC power supply provides a nominal DC output of 12 V / 1.5 A (18 Watts). During a power failure, the replaceable battery pack is capable of providing up to 6 hours of back-up at 8 Watts load. Output cabling options include a 7-conductor 12 Vdc power and telemetry as well as a 2-conductor barrel type connector for DC power only. The UL Listed Model MP1218-L1 Series delivers the small size and flexibility required for current GPON installations. Model MP18-L1 replacement batteries are also available.

A related new product is the Model MP1218-P Series Indoor Micro Power Supply. It is designed and intended for 12 Vdc Optical Network Terminals but can be used in any 12 Vdc application where a DC power supply is required such as VoIP, FTTH and video. A model with seven-conductor Vdc and telemetry is available. The MP1218-P is UL Listed.

Pricing and Availability

As a pricing reference, the Bourns® Model MX1236 is list priced at $184, Model MP1218-L1 is list priced at $140 and Model MP1218-P is list priced at $70 each in single piece quantities. The new models are available now and are RoHS compliant*.

To learn more about Bourns full line of high-reliability UPS models, please visit the Surge Protective Devices and UPS product page: www.bourns.com/products/surge-protective-devices/uninterruptible-power-supplies-(ups).

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.

* RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC Jan. 27, 2003 including annex and RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU June 8, 2011.

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 Introduces Professional Lighting Component Line at 2016 NAMM Show

January 18, 2016
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Bourns® Pro Lighting Components

RIVERSIDE, Calif., January 18, 2016 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that its Bourns Pro Audio group will introduce a professional lighting components product line at the upcoming NAMM Show to be held January 21-24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Bourns Pro Audio added the new professional lighting portfolio to help lighting and stage equipment designers and manufacturers meet industry demands for computer automation and technology advancements. As stage and theatrical productions become more elaborate and automated with stage lifts, moving platforms, and motorized lights and lighting truss rigs, component technology is now an integral part of stage designs. Bourns will showcase select professional lighting components at its booth #6865 (Hall A) at the 2016 NAMM show.

Bourns’ broad line of professional lighting products includes components such as rotary position sensors, panel controls, slide potentiometers and rotary encoders used in the manufacture of light mixing consoles and controllers, computer controlled moving lights, moving stage platforms, and stage lifts. Also offered are a wide array of trimming potentiometers, resistor networks, and power resistors that meet the requirements of professional lighting equipment. For computer controlled light shows and PTZ cameras, Bourns offers rotary position sensing products with various communication protocols that are well-suited for use in robotic moving lights. Bourns’ rugged and reliable non-contacting rotary position sensors and encoders along with the company’s precision potentiometers are highly reliable solutions for robotic light applications that require very long life.

“Bourns has supplied components used in the design and assembly of industrial applications for many decades. We have extended this proven reputation to the professional lighting industry by bringing quality, reliability and value to an established customer base that includes some of the industrys leading manufacturers and suppliers of professional lighting and stage equipment,” said Chuck Manzano, Pro Audio Application Engineer at Bourns, Inc. “Our vast array of products provides a convenient single point of purchase, and allows customers to efficiently reduce the number of required suppliers. In addition to supplying catalog components, Bourns can customize components to meet a designer’s needs by offering various value-added options such as brackets, cable harnesses and connectors.”

The full line of Bourns® professional lighting components is available now through selected Bourns authorized distributors. For prices and availability, please contact Bourns’ authorized distributors.

To learn more about Bourns’ professional lighting products and the company’s leading line of Pro Audio products, please visit: www.bourns.com/products/pro-lighting.

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.

Bourns Debuts New Sean Silas Signature Series Guitar Potentiometers at 2016 NAMM Show

January 18, 2016
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Bourns® Sean Silas PDB241-SOTL Guitar Potentiometer

RIVERSIDE, Calif., January 18, 2016 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that its Bourns Pro Audio group will debut the Sean Silas Signature Series Guitar Potentiometer at the upcoming NAMM Show to be held January 21-24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Bourns Pro Audio developed this custom signature series line in conjunction with rock/metal guitarist Sean Silas to suit his original playing style and that of other guitarists in this genre. The two initial guitar potentiometers in Bourns’ Sean Silas Signature Series are precision guitar volume controls. These breakthrough potentiometers feature a custom audio taper for highly accurate volume setting, and use specialized lubricants for a smooth, viscous rotational torque. The knurled shaft option is suited for press-fit knobs, and the plain shaft is designed for knobs with set screws.

Bourns will debut the following two new potentiometers at its booth #6865 (Hall A) at the 2016 NAMM show:

Part Number Shaft Style Bushing Style Resistance Value Taper
PDB241-SOTL1-504A3 Knurled Standard 500 kΩ Audio
PDB241-SOTL2-504A3 Plain Standard 500 kΩ Audio

 

“With the release of the Sean Silas Signature Series Guitar Potentiometers, Bourns continues its commitment to provide guitarists with high quality and extremely reliable guitar potentiometers,” said Chuck Manzano, Pro Audio Application Engineer at Bourns, Inc. “We are ecstatic to be working with Sean in the development of precision volume controls that help rock/metal guitarists perform and perfect their own signature sound. We are already working with Sean on the development of a custom tone control as an added option to be released later this year. And, there will be more to come as Bourns is working on additional signature series guitar potentiometer designs with other artists.”

As a pricing reference, part number PDB241-SOTL1-504A3 with knurled shaft is priced at $3.95, and part number PDB241-SOTL2-504A3 with plain shaft is priced at $3.75. All prices are based on quantities of 1,000. The Sean Silas Signature Series Guitar Potentiometers are available now through selected Bourns authorized distributors and Pro Audio resellers.

To learn more about the Sean Silas Signature Series and the rest of Bourns’ leading line of Pro Audio products, please visit: www.bourns.com/proaudio.

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 Acquires Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Trimming Potentiometer Business

January 15, 2016

RIVERSIDE, Calif., January 15, 2016 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that it has acquired specified assets of the trimming potentiometer business of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The transfer of the acquired assets will begin in early 2016. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Bourns invented the world’s first trimming potentiometer, trademarked Trimpot®. Today, trimming potentiometers are used to perform a variety of circuit adjustments in all types of electronic equipment in virtually every market around the world. Bourns has continually increased the number of physical configurations available and the ability of its Trimpot® products to withstand manufacturing environment demands, offering its customers enhanced design flexibility in selecting the optimal product for a particular application.

“The acquisition of Murata’s trimming potentiometer business brings two significant strategic advantages for Bourns – a stronger competitive position particularly in Asia, and additional depth to Bourns’ world-leading Trimpot® product line,” said Erik Meijer, President and COO of Bourns. “As the inventor of trimming potentiometers more than 60 years ago, we are proud to continue Bourns’ pioneering legacy with the acquisition of Murata’s well-regarded trimming potentiometer product lines. This acquisition continues the company’s ongoing commitment to offering products and solutions that add value and functionality while lowering the total cost of ownership for our customers.”

“The Bourns transition team is working closely with Murata to ensure continuity, seamless product availability and the highest level of customer service,” explained Hans van Delft, Vice President and General Manager of the Bourns Industrial Division. “Leading this transition, I want to personally assure both Murata’s and Bourns’ customers that Bourns will continue the same industry-leading product performance, quality and reliability they have grown to trust.”

About Murata
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components and solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata’s website at www.murata.com.

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 Trimpot® 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 Expands Surge Protection Portfolio with TISP Protector for VDSL and G.fast Applications

December 15, 2015
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Bourns® Model TISP4G024L1W G.Fast VDSL Protector

RIVERSIDE, Calif., December 15, 2015 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced it has expanded its line of TISP surge protector devices with a new device designed for ADSL, VDSL and G.fast applications. Designated Model TISP4G024L1W, Bourns latest surge protector is designed to be placed between the xDSL line driver device and the transformer, protecting the line driver from overvoltage conditions. It features a low capacitance variation of 0.02 pF to ensure minimal impact to the signal integrity of the high speed interface the device is protecting.

 

The Model TISP4G024L1W has a surge capability of 30 A (8/20 μs) that helps developers comply with various international standards such as ITU-T K.20, K.21 or K.45, Telcordia GR-1089-CORE and YD/T for xDSL interfaces.

“Offering low capacitance and low distortion surge protection, Bourns’ new TISP device is an optimal solution for G.fast equipment, xDSL modems and line cards,” said Ben Huang, Product Line Manager at Bourns, Inc. “We saw a need to help our G.fast application customers implement ultra-fast data speeds so that service providers can economically extend the life of existing copper infrastructure and offer high bandwidth, low latency, broadband access. Protection of these lines is critical to meeting telecom standards and also ensuring the highest reliability for the end user.”

Pricing and Availability
As a pricing reference, the Bourns® Model TISP4G024L1W is priced at $0.27 each in 12,000 piece quantities. The new model is available now and is RoHS compliant* and halogen free**.

To learn more about the Bourns® expanded surge protection device, please visit the 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.

* RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC Jan. 27, 2003 including annex and RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU June 8, 2011.

** Bourns considers a product to be “halogen free” if (a) the Bromine (Br) content is 900 ppm or less; (b) the Chlorine (Cl) content is 900 ppm or less; and (c) the total Bromine (Br) and Chlorine (Cl) content is 1500 ppm or less.

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 Extends Voltage Range of Popular High Power TVS Diode Product Series

November 19, 2015

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif., November 19, 2015 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the extension of the voltage range of its popular high power TVS (PTVS) diode PTVS3 product series. The new 15 V bidirectional high current PTVS diodes are designed to meet the protection needs of DC power supplies and power management systems with 12 V batteries. Designated Model PTVS3-015C-TH, the latest high current bidirectional TVS diodes from Bourns offer bidirectional port protection meeting IEC 61000-4-5 8/20 μs current surge requirements. When compared to typical competing MOV technology, the use of Bourns’ innovative silicon technology in the Power TVS products provides a lower clamping voltage under surge, greater performance stability and increased reliability.

 

“Based on customer demands, Bourns added the new lower 15 V PTVS model to our line-up giving exposed and/or harsh environment power supplies the protection they need,” said Ben Huang, Product Line Manager at Bourns, Inc. “What makes these new devices ideal is that they exhibit an excellent surge response versus temperature where the maximum surge current at 150 °C exceeds 70 % of their rated value at 25 °C.”

Pricing and Availability
As a pricing reference, the Bourns® Model PTVS3-015C-TH is priced at $9.90 each in 50 piece quantities. The new model is available now and is RoHS compliant* and halogen free**.

To learn more about the Bourns® Model PTVS3-015C-TH, please visit the Power TVS Diode 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 http://www.bourns.com.

* RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC Jan. 27, 2003 including annex and RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU June 8, 2011.

** Bourns considers a product to be “halogen free” if (a) the Bromine (Br) content is 900 ppm or less; (b) the Chlorine (Cl) content is 900 ppm or less; and (c) the total Bromine (Br) and Chlorine (Cl) content is 1500 ppm or less.

*RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC Jan. 27, 2003 including annex and RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU June 8, 2011.

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 Receives Celebrity Endorsement from Sean Silas for its Pro Audio Products

November 4, 2015
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., November 4, 2015 – Bourns, Inc., (DBA Bourns Pro Audio), a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the endorsement of its Pro Audio products by Sean Silas, guitarist for the band Hour Eleven (HR 11). This is a strategic win for Bourns to leverage Silas’ extensive background in music from his more than 20 years of local Southern California performances. Bourns Pro Audio sought the Silas endorsement because he is known for his own unique rock/metal style. Sean stated, “I’ve patterned my guitar playing techniques from several guitar greats such as Randy Rhodes, George Lynch, Phil Collen, Eddie Van Halen, and Steve Vai.”

“Bourns Pro Audio is thrilled to have the backing of Sean for our guitar potentiometers,” said Chuck Manzano, Pro Audio Application Engineer at Bourns, Inc. “From this endorsement, Bourns is able to tap into his expertise regarding the type of options both performing guitarists and guitar designers are looking for in the areas of dynamic performance and tone. Sean has provided us with his valuable feedback in the continuing development of our guitar potentiometers, and it is an honor to work with someone of his exceptional talent.”

The band HR 11 was formed in 2010 and was recently signed to Culture Shock Original records, releasing their self-titled debut CD that features guitarist Phil Collen of the legendary band Def Leppard. HR 11 is currently preparing for a tour of the United States and Europe, and has already started work on their second CD. The band’s popularity continues to grow from the positive messages in their songs garnering a fan base of over 17,000 worldwide that is expected to grow significantly with their upcoming tour.

Bourns Pro Audio offers a wide variety of guitar potentiometers for the discerning guitarist and guitar builder. Superior design qualities and world-class manufacturing bring uncompromised reliability and value to both manufacturers and end users. Bourns Pro Audio also offers a wide range of slide potentiometers, rotary encoders, circuit protection devices, magnetics, and trimming potentiometers all suitable for use in amplification, sound processors, mixing consoles, and sound systems.

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.

*RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC Jan. 27, 2003 including annex and RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU June 8, 2011.

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 Expands AC Surge Protector Device Line with Type 1 and Type 2 Models that Meet the Latest UL 1449 Standard

October 22, 2015
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., October 22, 2015 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the expansion of the company’s AC surge protective device (SPD) line with two new heavy duty models that meet the latest Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) 1449 safety and performance standard. Designated Bourns® Model 1251 and Model 1252, the two series are high-performance hybrid SPDs. Model 1251 is a Type 1 SPD designed to be installed on the line side of the main service disconnect, and Model 1252 is a Type 2 SPD engineered for the load side of the main service disconnect. Offering reliable transient protection for power distribution systems, both series support either 120/208 Three-Phase Wye or Single Phase 120/240 VAC circuits with the Model 1252 also featuring noise mitigation filtering capabilities.

The Bourns® Hybrid SPD (H-SPD) designs combine Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV) and Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) technologies to deliver fast-acting and low leakage performance over the life of the SPD. Rated at 50 kA on a single 8/20 µs surge. Along with other ruggedized features, Bourns’ latest H-SPDs are offered in NEMA 4X enclosures making them robust solutions for both indoor and outdoor installation. Wiring options include a 20 inch, 12 gauge wiring stub that exits either the right side or rear of the protector. In the unlikely event of a system or device failure, both series offer thermal disconnect safety features as well as visual LED and audio alarm indicators.

Pricing and Availability
The Bourns® H-SPD Model 1251 and 1252 series are RoHS compliant* and available now. As a pricing reference, the Bourns® Model 1251 and 1252 Series are list priced at $195.00 each. For more information, please see the Surge Protective Device 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 http://www.bourns.com.

*RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC Jan. 27, 2003 including annex and RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU June 8, 2011.

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.

Reducing Device Height by 75 %, Bourns’ New FLAT® GDT Maintains Robust Isolation and Current-Handling Overvoltage Protection Capabilities

September 29, 2015
Bourns® Model 2017 Series FLAT® GDT

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RIVERSIDE, Calif., September 29, 2015 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today introduced a new Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) series using a breakthrough flat package design setting a new standard in volume and space-saving circuit protection design. The 2-electrode Bourns® Model 2017 Series FLAT® GDT uses a breakthrough flat package and horizontal circuitry design to innovatively meet the more sensitive overvoltage protection requirements of high density and space-restricted applications such as telecommunications and industrial communications equipment, surge protective devices and printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies. The new series delivers a 75% savings in volume as compared to standard 8 mm Bourns® GDTs. When vertically mounted, the Model 2017 Series is capable of supporting approximately twice the number of GDTs in the same board space as compared to similar board space using surface mount 8 mm Bourns® GDTs.

In addition to reducing height and overall volume, Bourns’ new FLAT® GDT technology is able to maintain the device’s robust isolation and current-handling overvoltage protection capabilities. This new compact GDT solution offers superior surge current ratings, low leakage and insertion loss with constant capacitance regardless of voltage. These devices also do not impact signal or system operation due to their voltage limiting capabilities optimized for long-term reliability and performance to satisfy the needs of today’s more complex electronics equipment.

“Significantly saving valuable printed circuit board space that helps solve one of the major issues of higher density application design, Bourns® FLAT® GDTs maintain the key features and critical protection benefits of conventional GDT technology. Pioneering the next standard in miniaturizing circuit protection design, Bourns’ engineering team employed a unique isolation pathway to ‘squeeze’ the GDT in the axial direction resulting in significantly reduced height and volume as compared to similarly-rated conventional GDTs,” said Kurt Wattelet, product manager at Bourns, Inc.

The Model 2017 Series is an ITU K.12 Class III GDT device rated at 10 kA on an 8/20 μs waveform. The series features DC breakdown voltages ranging from 90 to 500 V. Maximizing its design flexibility, the FLAT® GDT offers multiple mounting options including bottom-side PCB, and is available in horizontal and vertical surface mount versions as well as a leadless design for cartridge or clamp fit applications.

Pricing and Availability
The Bourns® Model 2017 FLAT® GDT is RoHS compliant* and available now. As a pricing reference, the Bourns® Model 2017 is priced at $ 0.48 each in 1,000 piece quantities. For more information, please see the Bourns® FLAT® Series 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 http://www.bourns.com.

*RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC Jan. 27, 2003 including annex and RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU June 8, 2011.

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.