Fuses are compliant with METI B standard.

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Targeting manufacturers of Japanese white goods, 388 Series of METI B-compliant fuses are designed to provide overall protection for both primary (main power input) and secondary (individual component) protection. Available in both cartridge and pigtailed versions as well as with color-banding and with special/customized formed leads, RoHS-compliant and lead-free fuses feature interrupting capacity of 100 A at 250 Vac, with ratings from 1-30 A.




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Littelfuse Introduces 388 Series Fuses Compliant with METI B Standard



Latest addition to Littelfuse's offerings for manufacturers of Japanese white goods

DES PLAINES, IL - July 8, 2008 - Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:LFUS) announced its new 388 Series of METI B-compliant fuses to support the Japanese domestic white goods market. The introduction supports OEMs with a total fuse package solution in both primary and secondary protection, and it simplifies sourcing by reducing the number of suppliers for their fuse needs.

These RoHS-compliant/lead-free fuses are intended for Japanese domestic white goods applications, including air conditioners, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigerators, copier machines, etc. The new 388 METI B 3AG (6 x 32) fuses and their companion 232 METI B 5x20 fuses are complementary products designed to provide overall protection for both primary (main power input) and secondary (individual component) protection.

METI B certification is usually required of any white goods manufacturer wishing to sell into the Japanese domestic market. While people are familiar with the Japanese PSE certification, many are not aware that PSE consists of METI A and METI B. The electrical characteristics of METI A are closely linked to UL Listed while METI B has unique test requirements.

The 388 Series fuses feature an interrupting capacity of 100A at 250VAC, with ratings from 1 to 30A. They are available in both cartridge and pigtailed versions as well as with color-banding and with special/customized formed leads.

Availability.
OEM samples and production quantities are available now. For initial orders, lead times are approximately eight weeks ARO; for subsequent orders, six weeks ARO or less.

Additional Information
For more Information on the 388 Series fuse, contact Daniel Wang, Product Manager, dwang@littelfuse.com, visit www.littelfuse.com or contact your local Littelfuse Technical Support expert.

About Littelfuse
As the worldwide leader in circuit protection products and solutions with annual sales of $536.1 million in 2007, the Littelfuse portfolio is backed by industry leading technical support, design and manufacturing expertise. Littelfuse products are vital components in virtually every product that uses electrical energy, including automobiles, computers, consumer electronics, handheld devices, industrial equipment, and telecom/datacom circuits. Littelfuse offers Teccor®, Wickmann® and Pudenz® brand circuit protection products. In addition to its Des Plaines, Illinois, world headquarters, Littelfuse has sales, distribution, manufacturing and engineering facilities in Brazil, China, England, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S. For more information, please visit the Littelfuse web site at www.littelfuse.com.

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