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Bourns, Inc.: Keeping Airplanes, Missiles, and Lunar Landers on Course


Bourns sensor and electronic components
Headquartered in Riverside, California, Bourns, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of sensor and electronic components — including panel controls, encoders, chip resistors, resettable fuses, network interface devices, and integrated circuits. Founded in 1947 by a husband-and-wife team in their Altadena garage, Bourns got its start with the invention of the first miniature linear motion and vane position potentiometers for the fledgling, post-war, Southern California aerospace industry. Today, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns’ son Gordon serves as CEO. Bourns’ sixty-seven years of aerospace experience includes supporting the Mars Rover expedition and the Apollo 11 moon landing. The company caters to a wide range of markets, including the automotive, audio, medical, telecommunications, computer, industrial, and instrumentation industries.

Bourns’ portfolio of products includes the following:

  • Automotive Sensors
  • LED Shunt Protectors (LSPs)
  • Hybrid Protectors – MSP
  • ChipGuard ESD Suppressors
  • SinglFuse Thin Film Chip Fuses
  • Bridge Rectifier Diodes
  • Steering Diode Arrays
  • Zener Diodes
  • Contacting Encoders
  • Magnetic Encoders
  • Metal Oxide Varistors (MOV)
  • Contacting Linear Motion Sensors
  • Multilayer Chip Inductors
  • Sparctube Switching Spark Arrays

Bourns, Inc. is RoHS, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, and ISO 14001 certified. The company employs 4,500 workers in design and manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Costa Rica, Hungary, Germany, England, China, Ireland, Taiwan, and Mexico. Bourns, Inc. takes in USD$500 million in annual revenues, and donates much of it to engineering-based philanthropy programs (e.g., the engineering schools at the University of California, Riverside and Cal Baptist University are named after Bourns). ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Bourns, Inc. parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Bourns, Inc. components and assemblies ranging from line feed resistors to thyristor-based overvoltage protectors to bolts and gas discharge tubes at asapsemi.com. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll-free at 1-714-705-4780.


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