Multilayer Varistor has high voltage rating of 85 Vdc.

Press Release Summary:

Rated for peak current of 250 A, VC121085S151 Series 1210 single-chip device is equipped with sub-nS turn-on time, has ability to withstand multiple strikes, and protects sensitive circuits from over-voltage conditions caused by ESD, lightning, NEMP and inductive switching. It provides bi-directional transient voltage protection in on-state and EMI/RFI attenuation in off-state. Applications include DC/DC converters on hybrid electric vehicles and aftermarket automotive accessories.

Original Press Release:

AVX Expands TransGuard® Series to Include High Voltage 1210 Varistor

New 85VDC TransGuard® offers highest voltage rating of any 1210 device on the market ...

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, has expanded its multilayer TransGuard® Series to include a 85VDC rating in a 1210 case size. Designated the VC121085S151 Series, the cost effective single-chip solution provides bi-directional transient voltage protection in the on-state and excellent EMI/RFI attenuation in the off-state. Equipped with sub-nS turn-on time, the 85VDC varistor has the ability to withstand multiple strikes and provides excellent energy and current handling capability while protecting sensitive circuits from over-voltage conditions caused by ESD, lightning, NEMP and inductive switching.

In addition, the VC121085S151 Series devices have a peak current rating of 250A, whereas competitive devices are limited to 200A ratings.

"As a circuit protection leader, AVX continuously strives to meet market demands by improving our current product series as well as developing new products," said Sonja Brown, global product manager for circuit protection products at AVX. "The VC121085S150 Series is not only a cost effective, single-chip solution, but is also the highest rated 1210 varistor on the market."

The VC121085S150 Series is ideal for DC-to-DC converters on hybrid electric vehicles; aftermarket automotive accessories, such as GPS and audio equipment; renewable energy modules using a 48V BUS, like wind powered chargers, solar panels, and inverters; as well as commercial and military vehicles.

Typical pricing ranges from $0.08 - $0.140 for standard commercial product depending on volume, with a lead time of 12 weeks.

For more information about the VC121085S151 Series varistors, contact AVX at
801 17th Avenue South, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29578; by calling 843-448-9411; by fax at 843-444-2864; or on the Web at

About AVX

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 24 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 15 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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