The ChipGuard® ESD protectors from Bourns, Inc. are 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.

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.