High-side switches available in 5x4-mm packages

January 16, 2013 // By Julien Happich
STMicroelectronics' latest switch ICs for vehicle electronics provide enhanced intelligent features, improve protection and reliability, and are up to 40% smaller than competing alternatives according to the manufacturer.

The intelligent high-side switch combines a power MOSFET as the main electronically controlled switch, with logic, control and sensing circuitry in a single package. In the seventh generation of ST’s VIPower family, 75% of the M0-7 series family members are available in a 5x4mm package. This allows car electronics designers to save PCB space and aim for smaller module sizes. Moreover, various internal design changes increase precision, enhance diagnostic feedback, and improve reliability. Specifically, performance improvements include greater protection against short circuits, more accurate voltage and temperature feedback, increased current-sense precision, and best-in-class electromagnetic emission (EMI) performance.

Samples of all family members are available now. The full range of package types available across the new family will include PowerSSO-16, PowerSSO-36, Octapak, and SO-8.

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