Micrel’s Small Load Switch Delivers 7A Continuous Current In 1.2mm x 2mm Package

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Micrel, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRL), an industry leader in high performance linear and power solutions, LAN and timing and communications solutions, today introduced the MIC95410 7A load switch in a compact 1.2mm x 2.0mm package. This device can be used for systems requiring power partitioning and has the capability of a controlled power up sequence with ramp control, a feature often needed in applications such as industrial computing, server boards, medical devices, tablets, notebooks, and solid state drives. The MIC95410 is available in volume quantity with 1,000 quantities pricing starting at $0.45. Samples can be ordered on line at: http://www.samplecomponents.com/scripts/samplecenter.dll?micrel

Load switches are used in a wide variety of applications to selectively shut down idle subsystems or board sections in power-saving modes. This minimizes equipment power consumption wherein reactivation of those subsystems requires a controlled switch turn-on to avoid perturbation on power rails," stated Brian Hedayati, vice president of marketing for high performance linear and power solutions at Micrel. "To address this issue, Micrel has deployed its patented MOSFET technology with advanced packaging technology, and now offers one of the industry’s smallest 7A load switches on the market, reducing more than 40 percent of required board space."

This device operates from a 2.7V to 9V bus rail and can switch on a load voltage from 0.5V to 5.5V. The extremely low 6.6mOHM ON resistance of the integrated FET minimizes power dissipation and reduces voltage drop across the switch thereby allowing for greater voltage accuracy to the circuit downstream, especially critical in low voltage applications. Other features include a control input for sequencing and an optional capacitor that allows the user to adjust the output slew rate. The MIC95410 is fully specified from -40-degC to +125-degC.

About Micrel, Inc.
Micrel, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth markets. The Company’s products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, MEMS-based clock oscillators and crystal-less clock generators, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities are located in San Jose, CA, with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the Company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide. Web: http://www.micrel.com