- December 02, 2014
December 2, 2014 - Bourns introduced FLAT Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) technology. Designed as a robust circuit protection solution to meet the challenging requirements of today’s smaller and more sensitive electronics equipment, FLAT GDT technology reduces height and overall volume while maintaining its isolation and current-handling capabilities. The compact, space-saving design offers good surge current ratings, low leakage and insertion loss with constant capacitance regardless of voltage. The series features a wide voltage range (90-600 V) and voltage-limiting performance ideally suited to sensitive equipment with minimal impact on signal or system operation. GDT devices are popular as overvoltage protection solutions due to their extremely low capacitance and low leakage characteristics, along with their high surge current- handling capabilities. These characteristics make GDT devices ideal for use in a wide variety of telecommunications, industrial and non-critical medical equipment designs requiring robust overvoltage protection. Key to a conventional GDT’s ability to handle surge energy and maintain electrical isolation is its overall diameter and length. Solving the issues of space-constrained applications, the FLAT GDT utilizes an isolation pathway design that allows the GDT to be “squeezed” in the axial direction resulting in significantly reduced height and volume as compared to similarly-rated conventional GDTs. Pricing and Availability The Bourns Model 2015 is available in flexible mounting options that include horizontal, vertical and bottom side PCB. Model 2015-xx is priced at $.42 each in 1,000 piece quantities.