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AVX Extends its Radial Leaded TransGuard(R) Automotive Series with New VR20 Varistors

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, has extended the voltage and energy ratings of its radial leaded TransGuard® Automotive Series with the addition of its new VR20 varistors, expanding both the number and type of applications for which the series is an ideal solution. Based on AVX's patented multilayer varistor (MLV) technology, which provides bi-directional transient voltage protection in the on-state and EMI/RFI attenuation in the off-state, VR20 varistors combine circuit protection and EMI/RFI attenuation functions in a single, high-reliability device, allowing designers to both reduce component count and save critical board space. Qualified to AEC-Q200, rated for -55°C to +125°C, and featuring a robust construction with conformal epoxy coating, VR20 TransGuard Automotive Series varistors are ideal for use in a variety of harsh automotive and industrial applications, including: inductive switching, DC motors, water and fuel pumps, and relays, amongst others.



"AVX's radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series features the smallest varistors available on the market, offering compact height and thickness specifications superior to those of equivalent leaded disc varistors. With the addition of the new VR20 varistors, the series also provides design engineers with a broader range of voltage and energy rating options in radial leaded configurations, complementing our high temperature radial leaded TransGuard Series varistors by expanding both the number and type of applications the series ideal for," said Jiri Machanicek, product manager at AVX.

Exhibiting exceptional current and energy handling capabilities, AVX's VR20 TransGuard Automotive Series varistors are rated for 25kV ESD and are available in three working voltages (18V, 26V, and 48V), four clamping voltages (42V, 54V, 60V, and 100V), and three energy ratings (0.7J, 1.2J, and 1.6J). Lead-free and RoHS compliant, VR20 varistors feature Ni/Sn leads and can be shipped in bulk or packaged on tape and reel. Nickel-free leads are available upon request.
To access the datasheet for the VR20 TransGuard Automotive Series varistors, please visit http://avx.com/docs/Catalogs/vras.pdf. For additional information, 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 customer support 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: For more information, 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