Arrow Electronics and Bourns to accelerate electrification

Arrow Electronics, Inc. and Bourns, Inc. announced their plan to assist customers in developing high-power solutions, a critical component in advancing electrification and sustainability initiatives.

High-power designs required an extensive amount of customised magnetic components from a knowledgeable supplier experienced in developing solutions for high-frequency applications. Arrow, as part of this collaboration, leveraged Bourns’ expertise in customised magnetic development.

“High-power designs are crucial for successful net-zero initiatives, and we’re thrilled to engage in a strategic collaboration with Bourns to strengthen the development and proliferation of high-power designs. With the two companies’ combined strengths, Arrow and Bourns are able to serve a more diverse and global customer base,” said Murdoch Fitzgerald, Vice President, Global Engineering and Design Services at Arrow Electronics.

High-power designs have become increasingly important in achieving energy efficiency. They are essential for various net-zero projects, including electric vehicles, renewable energy, battery storage, grid infrastructure, and other applications. The development of Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFETs, Gallium Nitride (GaN), and Pseudomorphic High-Electron-Mobility Transistors (pHEMTs) has further boosted the adoption of high-power designs.

The complexities associated with high-power electronics design, such as the lack of power expertise, stringent functional safety and reliability requirements, intricate PCB layout, and the necessity for costly testing equipment, posed challenges for innovators. Arrow Electronics recently opened its High-Power CoE in the UK to address these challenges.

Customers could rely on Arrow’s High-Power Centre of Excellence in Swindon and the Bourns Power Applications Laboratory in Cork, Ireland, to deliver innovative and advanced power electronics products. Customers would also be able to accelerate and de-risk design cycles, while gaining access to a world-class engineering team from Arrow’s eInfochips, enabling them to plan and manage their product roadmap and lifecycles.

“Our Power Application Laboratory team is excited about our collaboration with Arrow that will help us enhance our mutual customers’ power supply designs by increasing efficiency, reducing heat loss and optimising cost. The team in Cork has vast experience and expertise in power supply simulation modelling and testing. These capabilities enable them to provide custom magnetic designs that meet designers’ requirements in industry-leading fast turn-around times,” said Brian Ahearne, Vice President of Product and Technology at Bourns Power Division.