Ricoh Semiconductor Support Centre launches the R5540 Series, 200mA/450mA N-Channel Load Switch IC

Amstelveen, the Netherlands, (PresseBox) - Ricoh Europe (Netherlands) B.V. Semiconductor Support Centre has today launched the R5540 N-Channel Load Switch IC. The product is ideal for applications requiring smart power saving solutions by enabling peripheral circuits only when needed.

Today's electronics applications may contain an array of peripheral circuits, however these are not required to be used at all times. In such cases these circuits should be switched off to reduce power consumption and prolong battery life.

The R5540 is a switching element like a relay, positioned for example in between a main step down DCDC Converter and the specific peripheral circuit. A load switch can be controlled by a chip enable pin to switch the peripheral circuit on and off.

The R5540 offers several advantages beyond a traditional solution with an LDO:

- Lower on-resistance preventing heat dissipation, increasing the circuit efficiency
- Lower current consumption compared to an LDO, extending battery life
- No external capacitors required, saving circuit board space and cost
- The load switch is embedded in a tiny package, measuring only 1.0 x 1.0mm

The R5540 Load Switch has several embedded protection circuits:

- A fold back current limit circuit, which decreases the output current to around 50mA in case of a short circuit on the output
- A soft-start circuit which prevents high inrush currents and output overshoot peaks during the 'power-on' sequence
- An N-Channel MOSFET which, when used as a switching element inhibits any reverse current flow from output to input

An optional feature for the R5540 is the auto-discharge function which is used to dis-charge any external capacitors connected to the Load Switch output to ground.

The R5540 is available in a tiny DFN(PLP)1010-4 package only, convenient to use on high density and small circuit boards.

R5540 Features:

Operating Voltage: Min. 0.75V to Max. 3.6V
Switch On-Resistance: Typ. 120mΩ
Standby Current: Typ. 0.7µA
Supply Current: Typ. 9.0µA
Current Limit Threshold: Typ. 200mA and 450mA
Current Limit Type: Fold-back
Additional Protection Circuits: Reverse Current Protection, Soft-Start
Optional Circuits: Autodischarge
Package R5540K: (L1.0 x W1.0 x H0.6mm) DFN(PLP)1010-4

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Ricoh Europe (Netherlands) B.V. is Ricoh Company Ltd.'s regional headquarters. Lo-cated in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, it is responsible for marketing, sales and service of Ricoh's products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In Europe, Ricoh has three manufacturing sites: two at Ricoh UK Products Ltd. Telford, UK; GR Advanced Materials Ltd., Stirling, UK; and Ricoh Industries France S.A., Colmar, France. In addition, Ricoh Europe's European network comprises 14 sales subsidiaries and affiliates. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2006, revenues from Ricoh's European operations totalled over € 3 billion, accounting for 22.7% of the company's global revenues. Ricoh's worldwide sales increased with 5.6% totalling over € 13.6 billion. In March 2001 Ricoh established the European Semiconductor Support Centre to support distributors and customers with their applications or other enquiries about Power Management and Real Time Clock ICs.

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