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Bourns rolls out automotive-grade ESD protectors

28 Aug 2014

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Bourns, Inc. has unveiled its ChipGuard automotive MLA series varistor ESD clamp protectors that are geared towards sensitive automotive electronics from the threat of ESD up to IEC 61000-4-2 Level 4. These bidirectional devices provide robust over-voltage protection and stable low leakage performance over a wide temperature range.

The latest ChipGuard devices also feature multi-layered varistor technology, and are designed to meet the ESD protection needs of HDMI, CANbus, Ethernet, sensor and touchscreen interfaces as well as GPS and camera links and other circuits sensitive to ESD. Their proprietary insulating overcoat provides low and stable leakage current, quick response time (<0.5ns) and high transient current capability.

"Like our automotive industry customers, Bourns takes adherence to standards very seriously. That is why these new devices are AEC-Q200-qualified and also meet the IEC 61000-4-2 standard," said Kurt Wattelet, Product Line Manager at Bourns.

Bourns' varistor series is RoHS compliant, and can also be an electrical protection solution for sunroofs and control units as well as engine management systems. The CGA-MLA line is available in 0603, 0805 and 1206 type packages. CGA0603 modes are priced at $.10 each in 10,000-piece quantities.

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