Bourns Introduces Automotive-Grade ChipGuard® Varistor Series that Delivers High Reliability, Fast-Response ESD Protection

Riverside, Calif., August 26, 2014 - Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today introduced its ChipGuard® Automotive MLA Series Varistor ESD Clamp Protectors Model specifically developed to protect sensitive automotive electronics from the threat of ESD up to IEC 61000-4-2 Level 4. Bourns' Model CGA-MLA Series are very fast bidirectional devices that deliver robust overvoltage protection and stable low leakage performance over a wide temperature range. The latest ChipGuard® devices from Bourns also feature multilayered varistor technology, and their proprietary insulating overcoat provides low and stable leakage current, quick response time (

"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, Inc. "High performance and reliability make Bourns' new varistor series an excellent electrical protection solution for sunroofs and control units as well as engine management systems, just to name a few."

Pricing and Availability
The new models are AEC-Q200 and RoHS compliant*. Bourns® Model CGA-MLA Series is available now in 0603, 0805 and 1206 type packages. As a pricing reference, CGA0603 modes are priced at $.10 each in 10,000 piece quantities. For more information, please see the

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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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

Agency Contact:
Annette Keller
Keller Communication
(949) 947-7232
Company Contact:
David Scofield
Bourns, Inc.
(951) 781-5054
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