Digi-Key Corporation Now Stocks TE Connectivity's Reflowable Thermal Protection (RTP) -Device

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - October 24, 2011

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the addition of TE's Reflowable Thermal Protection (RTP) solutions to its vast product line.

TE's RTP device is the industry's first SMD thermal protector. The RTP device helps prevent thermal damage caused by failed power components and can withstand the demanding environmental, life, and reliability requirements of automotive and industrial applications, including shock, vibration, temperature cycling, and humidity exposures.

In the field, an RTP device opens if its internal junction exceeds the device's specified open temperature. Temperature increases can have multiple sources, one of which is component failure (i.e. when using power components such as a power FET, capacitor, resistor, triac, etc.). The RTP device's open temperature is selected so that the device does not open within normal component operating windows, but it does open in a thermal runaway event and before the melt temperature of typical lead free solders.

The RTP device helps provide protection against damage caused by thermal runaway for power FETs and other components if failure occurs in applications such as automotive HVAC, ABS, power steering, DC/DC converters, PTC heaters, or IT servers, telecom power, or converters.

TE's RTP devices are available for purchase now on Digi-Key's global websites.

About Digi-Key Corporation

Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available on the Digi-Key website.