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Bourns Announces New ChipGuard® Automotive ESD Protectors

Riverside, Calif., December 17, 2013 - Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the introduction of new ChipGuard® ESD protectors designed specifically to guard sensitive automotive electronics from the threat of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and are qualified to meet up to IEC 61000-4-2 Level 4 standards. Designated the Bourns® CGA-MLC Series of ESD protectors, these extremely fast bidirectional devices have low capacitance, minimal insertion loss and low leakage over a wide temperature range. The new devices from Bourns are available in ultra-small, industry standard 0402 and 0603 packages. The Bourns ChipGuard® MLC Series of ESD protectors are an ideal protection solution for a large range of automotive applications including antenna circuits, camera links, sensors, touchscreen interfaces, GPS systems, USB 3.0 devices and high-speed communication buses.

"Answering the needs of our automotive customers, Bourns expressly designed our new MLC Series of ESD protectors to deliver the high performance and reliability required for today's sensitive automotive applications," said Kurt Wattelet, Communications Division at Bourns, Inc. "Bourns continually strives to introduce products that our customers need to excel in their respective industries, and this new series of ESD protectors provides the advanced technology needed for the broad spectrum of high speed digital electronics employed in vehicles today."

The Bourns® ChipGuard® MLC Series are fast-response protectors, designed to withstand multi-strike ESD threats, are RoHS* compliant and are fully AEC-Q200 qualified and supported.

Pricing and Availability
The Bourns® CGA-MLC Series of ESD protectors are available now. As a pricing reference, an ESD protector in a 0402 package is priced at $0.08 each in 30,000 piece quantities. For additional product information and specifications, please go to: www.bourns.com/docs/product-datasheets/CGA-MLC.pdf.

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

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 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® products have not been designed for and are not intended for use in "lifesaving," "life-critical" or "life-sustaining" applications nor any other applications where failure or malfunction of the Bourns® product may result in personal injury or death. See Legal Disclaimer Notice www.bourns.com/docs/legal/disclaimer.pdf

Agency Contact:
Annette Keller
Keller Communication
(949) 947-7232
annettekeller1984@gmail.com
Company Contact:
David Scofield
Bourns, Inc.
(951) 781-5054
david.scofield@bourns.com
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