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Date: 15-05-13

3x2mm measuring 6A load switch can operate in the 0.8-5.5 V I/p voltage range

Advanced Power Electronics has unveiled 6A dual load switch with on-resistance of 20 milli ohms featuring two N-channel MOSFETs and control circuitry. The MOSFETs operate over an input voltage range of 0.8 to 5.5V and each support a maximum current of 6A. Each load switch is controlled by an ON/OFF input (ON), which is capable of interfacing directly with the low voltage control signals. Additional features include an on-chip 150 ohms load resistor for quick output discharge when the switch is turned off. In order to avoid inrush current, the rise time is adjustable using an external ceramic capacitor on the CTx pin.

Ralph Waggitt, President/CEO, Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (USA) says “This is a very useful device, suitable for many applications as a load switch for power rail management. As an example, it can be used to turn off power to idle sub-systems, reducing system power consumption and thereby improving battery life in portable applications.”

The APE8990-3 is available in a small 3x2mm 14-pin DFN package with a thermal pad. Download the datasheet at www.a-powerusa.com/docs/APE8990-3.pdf .

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