Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) offers designers a series of advanced load switches with superior current limiting accuracy for robust circuit protection

[USPRwire, Thu Aug 14 2008] Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) offers designers a series of advanced load switches with superior current limiting accuracy for robust circuit protection. This tight tolerance series of advanced load switches provides an optimal design balance between ensuring sufficient system protection and delivering high performance. This protection is particularly important in USB applications where the number of accessories and peripherals have exponentially increased; presenting designers with the challenge of ensuring that their circuit designs have robust protection.

The FPF22xx series’ protection features include undervoltage lockout (UVLO), thermal shutdown and current limiting. Undervoltage lockout turns off the switch if the input voltage drops below an undervoltage lockout threshold, preventing circuit damage. Thermal shutdown averts any damage due to excessive heat and eliminates the need for external circuitry. Current limiting ensures that the current through the switch doesn’t exceed a maximum value, while not limiting it to less than the value needed to deliver the right amount of current at the right time. All of these features provide a robust protection interface between the application circuitry, battery and other accessories. With this strong protection and a wide operating range from 1.8V to 5.5V, these FPF22xx switches are instrumental in simplifying design, reducing component count and minimizing board space in cell phones, GPS navigation devices, notebook computers, glucometers and many other handheld applications.

Fairchild offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of IntelliMAX advanced load switch solutions. These devices address a wide operating range (1.2V to 20V) and serve portable, low voltage industrial, telecom and medical applications as well as other systems that require power load switching. For more information about the FPF22xx series and the entire IntelliMAX family of products, please go to www.fairchildsemi.com/intellimax.

The FPF22xx series utilize lead-free (Pb-free) terminals and have been characterized for moisture sensitivity in accordance with the Pb-free reflow requirements of the joint IPC/JEDEC standard J-STD-020. All of Fairchild's products are designed to meet the requirements of the European Union's Directive on the restriction of the use of certain substances (RoHS).

Price (1000 pcs.): US $1.19

Availability: Samples available now

Delivery: 12-14 weeks

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Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) is a global leader delivering energy-efficient power analog and power discrete solutions. Fairchild is The Power Franchise®, providing leading-edge silicon and packaging technologies, manufacturing strength and system expertise for consumer, communications, industrial, portable, computing and automotive systems. An application-driven, solution-based semiconductor supplier, Fairchild provides online design tools and design centers worldwide as part of its comprehensive Global Power ResourceSM. Please contact us on the web at www.fairchildsemi.com .

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