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AVX Introduces New Series of High Temperature, Low Leakage Automotive Varistors

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced a new series of high temperature, low leakage automotive varistors. Qualified to AEC-Q200, the new high temperature, low leakage CANATL Series automotive controlled area network varistors exhibit extremely low leakage (≤1µA at 32VDC, 25°C) and are tested, qualified, and specified at 150°C, making them ideal for use in high temperature underhood automotive applications, such as transmission control units (TCUs), brake control modules (BCMs), data lines, bus interface units, and other capacitance sensitive applications.

Based on AVX's patented multilayer varistor (MLV) technology, which combines circuit protection and EMI/RFI attenuation functions in a single, high reliability device, CANATL Series automotive varistors are zinc oxide based ceramic semiconductor devices that exhibit non-linear, bi-directional voltage current characteristics similar to back-to-back Zener diodes and an EMC capacitor in parallel. In addition to the space savings provided by enabling EMI/RFI attenuation in the off-state, CANATL Series multilayer varistors provide several valuable performance advantages over diodes, including: high in-rush current capacity (8x20µS), a high 25kV (HBM Level 6) ESD rating, low capacitance (10pF) to minimize signal distortion, no derating over operating temperatures, and very fast response times, which conservatively clamp the energy before it reaches its maximum. CANATL Series varistors also exhibit multi-strike capability, excellent solderability, and an impressive FIT rate of ≤0.1 per billion hours.

"By extending our trusted CAN Bus varistor offering with the new CANATL Series high temperature, low leakage automotive varistors, we have significantly expanded the number of applications that can benefit from the unique space savings and performance advantages inherent to AVX's patented MLV technology," said Jiri Machanicek, product manager at AVX.

Rated for use in temperatures spanning -55°C to 150°C, CANATL Series automotive varistors are currently available in a 0603 case rated for 32VDC operating voltage. RoHS compliant, CANATL Series varistors are supplied with Ni barrier/100% Sn terminations and packaged on 7" or 13" reels. Pd/Ag terminations for hybrid assembly are available upon request. Current lead time for the series is 14 weeks.

For more information about AVX's CANATL Series high temperature, low leakage automotive varistors, please visit http://avx.com/docs/Catalogs/lowleakagemlv.pdf. For additional information about AVX's CAN Bus varistors, please visit http://www.avx.com/docs/Catalogs/canbus.pdf. For all other inquiries, please visit www.avx.com, call 864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.

About AVX

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 21 manufacturing and warehouse facilities in 11 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).

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CONTACT: Jiri Machanicek Product Manager, AVX +420 575757-161 JiriMachanicek@avxeur.com Christine Stieglitz PR Executive, BtB Marketing 919-872-8172 christine.stieglitz@btbmarketing.comSource:AVX Corporation