Bourns Introduces Non-Contacting Rotary Position Sensor

Riverside, Calif., October 25, 2011 - Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the availability of a new non-contacting magnetic rotary position sensor which can help increase product lifespan and reliability of applications that operate in harsh and high vibration environments. Designated Bourns® Model AMS22, the sensor utilizes magnetic hall-effect technology that enables high performance operation even in severe temperature or unclean conditions. The new sensor is the latest addition to the company's sensor product line, and is designed to meet OEM requirements for a cost-effective, long life position sensor that improves reliability. Bourns® non-contacting rotary position sensor is an ideal solution for value and actuator position feedback, camera and antenna location identification and precision positioning requirements in a wide range of applications that include medical diagnostic and general industrial equipment.

"The release of Bourns' new non-contacting rotary position sensor is in direct response to our customers' requirements for solutions that help extend product life and reliability in an increasing number of applications that must operate in extreme environmental conditions," said John Kelly, General Manager Industrial Market at Bourns, Inc. "Designed to maintain its magnetic orientation even during redundant mechanical operation, this new sensor provides an excellent solution to applications that are dormant for extended periods of time but require precise position information on demand. Bourns is committed to continued development of solutions that help our customers solve tough technology issues. We are not just delivering a new product, we are launching a new technology platform that will meet the existing and future needs of the Industrial, Consumer and Automotive markets we serve."

Bourns' non-contacting rotary position sensor helps improve product longevity up to fifty million cycles depending on the product and particular application. The new sensor has an analog single output from 0.1 to 4.9v, with an effective electrical output of 340 degrees and is programmable up to 360 degrees. The analog output features a 12 bit resolution and comes with independent linearity of 0.5% or 0.3%.

Pricing and Availability
The new non-contacting rotary position sensor is available now in production quantities. As a pricing reference, the Bourns® Model AMS22 is offered at $12.50 for 10,000 piece quantities through distribution.

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 (low/medium risk), audio and various other market segments. Additional company and product information is available at

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Agency Contact:
Annette Keller
Keller Communication
Company Contact:
David Scofield
Bourns, Inc.
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