Multilayer Varistor is designed for small handheld devices.

Press Release Summary:

Including 15 and 33 pF capacitance devices with 5.6 V rating in 0201 case size, miniature Transguard 0201 bi-directional transient voltage suppressor offers designers ability to clamp transients and filter EMI in one compact device. It features sub 1 nsec response time to ESD strike, has leakage current of less than 5 µA at rated voltage, and is able to withstand 1,000 strikes at 8 kV of contact.

Original Press Release:

AVX Expands Transguard® Series to Include Miniature Multilayer Varistors

MLV offers designers the ability to clamp transients and filter EMI in one ultra compact device

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 12, 2009) - AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, offers designers the ability to clamp transients and filter EMI in one ultra compact device with the expansion of its Transguard® multilayer varistor series. Designed for all small handheld devices, the miniature 0201 bi-directional transient voltage suppressor provides minimal signal distortion and low insertion loss.

"In addition to developing an advanced MLV that is miniature in size, the Transguard 0201 can decrease the chip count on printed circuit boards, reducing the amount of real estate needed," said Sonja Brown, global product manager for circuit protection products at AVX. "The MLV is a cost-effective product that solves our customers increased need for a circuit protection device that meets space constraints and provides superior protection versus larger components."

The Transguard 0201 multilayer varistors are ideal for handheld devices including cell phones and PDAs, as well as embedded components such as hearing aids and camera modules.

Initial offerings of the miniature Transguard Series includes 15pf and 33pf capacitance devices with a 5.6V rating in an 0201 case size. These products have multiple strike capability and are able to withstand 1,000 strikes at 8KV of contact. The Transguard Series features a sub 1nS response time to ESD strike. The devices have a leakage current of <5µA at rated voltage.

Typical pricing ranges from $0.005-$0.024 for standard commercial product depending on volume with a lead time of stock to 8 weeks.

For more information about the MLV product series, contact


801 17th Avenue South

Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29578

call 843-448-9411

fax 843-444-2864


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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