Littelfuse Named a Finalist for 11th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Littelfuse, Inc., the global leader in circuit protection, announced today that it is a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Chicago Innovation Awards. The company was recognized for its new line of thermally-protected metal oxide varistors (TMOV®). Nearly 400 nominations were received from a cross-section of the business community in Chicago and the surrounding region.

“Our new TMOV25S/TMOV34S products with integrated thermal fuse technology are designed to meet customer needs for reduced cost and thermal sensing that is faster and more efficient. They also save space on printed circuit boards, which is critical for today’s electronic product manufacturers. Littelfuse TMOV products are used to protect sensitive circuits in a variety of circuit protection applications including LED lighting and solar power,” said Deepak Nayar, Vice President and General Manager of the Littelfuse Electronics Business Unit. “Littelfuse has a long history of innovation that dates back to 1927. This honor further enhances our reputation as the global leader in circuit protection.”

The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 11th year, is the only organization in the country dedicated to honoring the most innovative new products or services brought to market or to public service from a specific region.

“The most important message of the Chicago Innovation Awards is one of confidence and courage,” said Thomas D. Kuczmarski, who co-founded the awards with Chicago journalist Dan Miller. “The economy is challenging but each nominee believes the simple truth that a powerful new product or service will find a rewarding market and has the courage to pursue their vision.”

Thirteen judges, representing a range of Chicago’s business community, will be involved in selecting the final ten winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, as well as ten “Up & Comer” award winners for smaller organizations still in the start-up phases of their innovations. In addition, each of the finalists, including Littelfuse, is automatically in the running for the annual “People’s Choice Award,” selected through online balloting at

The final ten winners will be announced on Monday, October 22 and celebrated at an event with over 1,500 business and civic leaders at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

For more information on the Chicago Innovation Awards, visit their website or contact Bryan Brochu

About Littelfuse

Founded in 1927, Littelfuse, Inc., the worldwide leader in circuit protection, offers the industry’s broadest and deepest portfolio of circuit protection products and solutions. Littelfuse devices protect products in virtually every market that uses electrical energy, from consumer electronics to automobiles to industrial equipment. In addition to its Chicago, Illinois, world headquarters, Littelfuse has more than 30 sales, distribution, manufacturing and engineering facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Technologies offered by Littelfuse include Fuses; Gas Discharge Tubes (GDTs); Positive Temperature Coefficient Devices (PTCs); Protection Relays; PulseGuard® ESD Suppressors; SIDACtor® Devices; Silicon Protection Arrays (SPA™); Switching Thyristors; TVS Diodes and Varistors. The company also offers a comprehensive line of highly reliable Electromechanical and Electronic Switch and Control Devices for commercial and specialty vehicles, as well as Protection Relays and underground Power Distribution Centers for the safe control and distribution of electricity.

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