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Bourns and Magnachip Announce Volume Ramp of TBU® Series of High-Speed Circuit Protection Devices

September 27, 2011

RIVERSIDE, California and SEOUL, South Korea, September 27, 2011 – MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation (“MagnaChip”) (NYSE: MX), a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, and Bourns, Inc. (“Bourns”), a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components announced today that MagnaChip has ramped to mass production all families of the Bourns® series of  high-speed circuit protection devices (TBU® HSP) designed for a broad selection of Industrial, Consumer and Telecommunication applications.

TBU® HSP devices are constructed using MOSFET semiconductor technology.  When placed in series in the system, the TBU® HSP device monitors the current flowing through the line.  If the current exceeds a preset level, the TBU® HSP device triggers in less than 1µs, providing an effective barrier to large, destructive voltages or currents during surge events, thereby protecting sensitive electronics.  These devices are particularly popular in Telecommunication applications (such as Voice SLICs, xPON and GBEthernet), Industrial applications (such as RS485 interfaces, surveillance systems and avionics) and Consumer products applications (such as set top boxes and home gateways).

The TBU® HSP devices are custom designed and developed using Bourns’ proprietary technology fabricated by MagnaChip.  MagnaChip successfully transferred two proprietary processes of Bourns needed to produce the TBU® HSP devices by closely working with Bourns’ engineering team.  Both processes are currently in the production ramp phase.

TJ Lee, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MagnaChip’s Corporate and SMS Engineering, commented, “We are very pleased to have successfully transferred the Bourns processes to production. We also look forward to supporting their future engineering and manufacturing needs as a partner for our foundry services.”

Arnaud Moser, General Manager of Bourns’ Telecom Segment, added, “We are happy to celebrate this milestone with MagnaChip and look forward to a continued, successful partnership.  Thanks to MagnaChip’s engineering expertise and state of the art production facilities, Bourns has been able to bring this innovative technology to a broad array of customers across many markets.”

About MagnaChip
Headquartered in South Korea, MagnaChip Semiconductor is a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for high volume consumer applications. MagnaChip Semiconductor has one of the broadest and deepest range of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor platforms in the industry, supported by its 30-year operating history, a large portfolio of registered and pending patents, and extensive engineering and manufacturing process expertise. For more information, please visit http://www.magnachip.com/.

About Bourns
Bourns 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, California, USA, 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 Bourns website http://www.bourns.com/.

Press Contacts
MagnaChip

In the United States:

Robert Pursel

Director of Investor Relations

(408) 625-1262

robert.pursel@magnachip.com

In Korea:

Chankeun Park

Senior Manager, Public Relations

+82-2-6903-3195

chankeun.park@magnachip.com

Bourns

Agency Contact:

Annette Keller

Keller Communication

(949) 640-4811

annettekeller@sbcglobal.net

Company Contact:

Mikelyn Bridges

Bourns, Inc.

(951) 781-5397

mike.bridges@bourns.com

Bourns®, TBU® 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 Announces Availability of Two New Evaluation Boards for RS-485-based Applications

August 3, 2011
Bourns® RS-485 Evaluation Boards
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., August 3, 2011 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the availability of two new evaluation boards for RS-485-based applications. Using Bourns® TBU® High-Speed Protectors (HSPs), GDTs, TVS diodes and MOV products, the new boards were developed as a design resource that streamlines evaluating circuit protection on RS-485 serial device ports. To meet the required industry standards on RS-485 port interfaces, the new boards provide two different evaluation approaches. The Bourns RS-485EVALBOARD1 includes two Bourns® TBU® High-Speed Protectors (HSPs), two Bourns® fast-acting GDTs and two Bourns® TVS diodes. The Bourns RS-485EVALBOARD2 uses Bourns® TBU® High-Speed Protectors (HSPs), MOVs and TVS products.

“Bourns designed the evaluation boards to help developers more quickly and easily determine the circuit protection required for their applications that use RS-485 serial device ports,” said Ian Doyle, product line manager of semiconductor products at Bourns, Inc. “The evaluation boards demonstrate that with Bourns® TBU® HSP solutions, we are able to offer enhanced performance features over competing technologies in terms of increased surge and transient protection levels on RS-485 ports that also enable an entire circuit protection solution to fit into a smaller PCB area.”

Bourns’ RS-485 evaluation boards are offered through the company’s distribution sales partners, with inventory available immediately at Digi-Key, Farnell and Mouser. As a pricing example, the Bourns RS-485EVALBOARD2 is priced at $20.00 in 10 piece quantities.

For more information, Bourns has produced a demonstration video that explains the use and benefits of its RS-485 evaluation boards in assessing port protection performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profi lepage&v=dvCscFwlM_w

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 and ISO 14001 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 Industry’s First ECL Designed to Tolerate AC Mains Power Contact without Damage

February 4, 2011

Bourns® TBU® DT - Series
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., February 1, 2011 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced its latest series of TBU® (Transient Blocking Unit) circuit protection devices designed for high speed protection of communications ports.  The new devices are the industry’s first electronic current limiters (ECLs) designed to tolerate AC mains power contact without circuit damage.  Designated the Bourns® TBU® DT-Series, the new circuit protection device family provides superior protection against faults caused by short circuits, AC power cross, induction and lightning surges.  The TBU® DT-Series are very fast-reacting protectors that do not alter the signal performance of high speed communication ports unlike high capacitance protectors.  The new Bourns® TBU® devices are an optimal solution for Ethernet ports used in outdoor applications such as security systems, PV panels and service kiosks.

“The TBU DT-Series represents a whole new level of circuit protection for sensitive Ethernet ports,” said Ian Doyle, product line manager of semiconductor products at Bourns, Inc.  “Ethernet interfaces today are used almost everywhere and are exposed to ever more serious threats.  Superior protection without compromising performance is now possible for high speed Ethernet ports thanks to the fast-acting capabilities of these devices.”

The new devices provide an integrated solution that minimizes design and manufacturing costs for design engineers that translates into faster time-to-market.  In addition, they enable a lower component count that meets OEM demands for smaller circuit boards in space-constrained designs.  Protecting against a wide range of hazardous threats, the Bourns® TBU® DT-Series also helps customers eliminate expensive maintenance, repair and system downtime costs.

The Bourns® TBU® DT-Series features eight models and offers continuous AC voltage ratings up to 425 Vrms and nominal trigger currents ranging from 150 mA to 750 mA. The new device family comes in a surface mount DFN package and is lead free and RoHS* compliant.  Product samples are available now through Bourns’ distribution partners.  As pricing examples, Bourns® TBU-DT-065 and TBU-DT-085-XXX-WH are priced at $.69 each in 15K quantities.

About Bourns® TBU® Technology
The Bourns® TBU® High Speed Protector is an innovative approach to electronics circuit protection.  It is designed to block a transient through a current disconnecting mechanism.  Rather than a complex interstage coordination between two shunting components, the TBU® device protects systems from both overvoltage and overcurrent surges.  The TBU® device provides protection within nanoseconds, essentially eliminating latency common in the circuit protection design, limiting let-through energy. Bourns® TBU® devices have virtually no capacitance or inductance, and therefore can be used in high speed and high bandwidth applications.  The TBU® DT-Series features unidirectional 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 and ISO 14001 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/.

*RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC January 27, 2003 including Annex.

Bourns®, TBU® 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 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 Circuit Protection Solution for Generator Low-Voltage Control Interfaces

March 4, 2010

Bourns® Circuit Protection Products (Download Hi-Res Image)

RIVERSIDE, Calif., March 3, 2010 — Bourns, Inc. today announced the company has a circuit protection solution for low-voltage control lines on generator interfaces.  This advanced solution is presented in a new application note from Bourns that details how the company’s circuit protection devices provide a fast response time to protect exposed low-voltage generator terminals of the generator.  This universal circuit protection solution is also important in delivering adequate circuit protection, regardless of installer experience, to guard against miswiring issues that can result in costly, dead on arrival (DOA) equipment failure.  The new application note includes installation information for both line voltage (120 VAC split phase, 240 V) and low voltage signals (less than 50 V) that require a resettable overcurrent/overvoltage solution capable of handling line voltage and ESD/EFT/current surge protection to safeguard sensitive circuits.

The application note shows how a Bourns® TBU™ device combined with a multilayer oxide varistor (MOV) and zener diode provides power cross and overcurrent protection.  It also describes the use of a zener diode for low voltage clamping to protect sensitive circuits and to create an avalanche current, which triggers the TBU device.  Furthermore, the MOV protects the TBU device from excessive common mode voltages when exposed to ESD and EFT surge threats.

Bourns® TBU devices protect low-voltage generators from the following threats:

  • Power cross events that typically occur during installation from miswiring
  • Pre and post-installation ESD threats from handling EFT and  inductive load (relay) switching
  • Post-installation current surges from load switching transients

For additional details and specifications, please see Bourns’ new application note on generator interface protection at http://www.bourns.com/data/global/pdfs/Bourns_FU0954_Generator_AppNote.pdf.

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 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

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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.

What’s Next in the New World of Bourns?

March 23, 2009

Bourns Transient Blocking Units (TBU™)

Check out our latest New World campaign at www.edn.com and www.electronicdesign.com.

The acquisition of Fultec provided Bourns with a revolutionary new circuit protection product. The new product is the first “new technology” device released in over a decade.

The Transient Blocking Unit (TBU™) Electronic Current Limiter blocks transients including those from lightning, power induction, power cross, Earth Potential Rise (EPR) or other energy surge conditions. Our latest white paper addresses specific overcurrent and overvoltage faults, and demonstrates how TBU devices can provide an optimal application solution for circuit protection against these events.

If you missed the campaign kick-off, you may visit our TBU campaign landing page or simply download the TBU white paper here.

Bourns Circuit Protection Products Selected as EDN Innovation Award Finalist

March 11, 2009

Riverside, Calif., Feb 25, 2009 Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that the company’s breakthrough Transient Blocking Unit (TBU™) circuit protection devices have been selected from hundreds of nominations to be a finalist for this year’s EDN Innovation Awards.  Instituted in 1990, the Innovation Awards honor the people, products, and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry over the past year. Bourns’ TBU products are technology finalists in the Power Semiconductor category. As the first new approach to electronics circuit protection in over a decade, Bourns’ new TBU technology is designed to block a transient through a current disconnecting mechanism rather than diverting or shunting the surge to ground. This blocking technology virtually eliminates latency in the circuit protection design which results in advanced surge protection for sensitive electronic equipment within nanoseconds.

“We are thrilled that our TBU products have been singled out by EDN as innovative and enabling for our customers,” said Dr. Erik Meijer, vice president of circuit protection at Bourns. “TBU technology delivers a completely new way of protecting sensitive electronic circuits from surges and other harmful events, and we are extremely honored to have a Bourns product line distinguished in this manner.”

The selection criteria for the EDN Innovation Awards competition included the following:  nominees must have demonstrated innovation that resulted in a significant advance in technology and/or product development during the past 12 months. Nominees within the Innovations of the Year Power Semiconductors category must have shipped in volume in the 2008 calendar year.

“We have our broadest set of categories in the history of our Innovation awards program in 2008,” said Rick Nelson, editor-in-chief of EDN Magazine. “With specialization affecting everything from components to test equipment, our staff diligently worked to group like technologies for meaningful comparison and delivered an outstanding slate of finalists. The slate includes the range of ICs from analog to processors, development and EDA software, amazing sensors, and modular and system products, including test equipment. The voters will face tough decisions, but without doubt, compelling products will emerge as winners.”

EDN’s worldwide audience of electronic engineers and engineering managers will use an online ballot to select the ultimate winners from among the finalists. EDN’s editorial staff and Editorial Advisory Board also take part in determining the final winners. Please visit http://www.EDN.com/innovation19 to review each of the nominees. Winners will be announced at a dinner and awards ceremony on March 30, 2009, in San Jose, CA.

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