MOSFET drivers help increase system efficiency

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. has introduced the MCP1415 and MCP1416 (MCP141X) single-output MOSFET drivers that are well-suited for a variety of consumer electronic, industrial and medical applications that use power supplies. Examples include personal computers (PCs), laptops, portable measurement devices and centrifuges.

The inverting MCP1415 and non-inverting MCP1416 MOSFET drivers are rated for a peak output current of 1.5 A over a wide operating voltage range of 4.5 V to 18 V. Both devices are said to deliver excellent latch-up immunity and are available in a miniature 5-pin SOT-23 package.

Because of their small package size, designers can position the MCP141X MOSFET gate driver close to the MOSFET's physical gate connection, which minimizes gate bounce caused by the parasitic PCB layout. This also minimizes gate rise-and-fall times, propagation-delay times and shoot-through current, all of which help to increase system efficiency and reduce power dissipation, Microchip said.

Pricing: Both the MCP1415 and MCP1416 MOSFET drivers are priced at $0.44 each in quantities of 10,000.
Availability: Samples are available at and volume production orders can be placed at
Product information: MCP141X

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