SOURCE: Micrel


August 29, 2011 07:04 ET

Micrel Rolls Out New Family of Pre-Bias Safe, High Power Density Integrated Synchronous Buck Regulators

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - Micrel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRL), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, today launched a new family of pre-bias safe, fully integrated buck regulators targeting the 5V and 3.3V rails. The MIC22705 can supply a maximum output load current of 7A, while the MIC22405 and MIC22205 can handle up to 4A and 2A respectively. These buck regulators achieve more than 95 percent efficiency while switching at high frequencies, utilizing very small external components. Applications such as servers, routers, 4G/LTE base stations, Blu-ray players, computer peripherals and FPGA/ASIC voltage supply can take advantage of this family of buck regulators. The MIC22705, MIC22405 and MIC22205 are available in volume quantities with pricing starting at $2.20, $1.53 and $0.83 respectively, for 1K units. Samples can be ordered on line at:

"High power density in small footprints combined with 95 percent efficiency offer terrific benefits in advanced applications," noted Doyle Slack, director of analog marketing, Micrel. "The MIC22x05 family saves significant BOM costs while setting a new standard for performance."

The MIC22x05 family of buck regulators operates over an input voltage range of 2.9V to 5.5V, and is optimized for highest efficiency at high switching frequencies -- achieving more than 95 percent efficiency. The operating frequency of MIC22705 is fixed at 1MHz, while the MIC22205 and MIC22405 can be programmed from 300kHz up to 4MHz. The ultra-high speed control loop keeps the output voltage within regulation even under the extreme transient load conditions commonly found in FPGAs and low-voltage ASICs. The output voltage is pre-bias safe and can be adjusted down to 0.7V, to address all low-voltage power needs. The MIC22x05 family offers a full range of sequencing and tracking options. The Enable/Delay (EN/DLY) pin, combined with the Power Good (PG) pin, allows multiple outputs to be sequenced in any way during turn-on and turn-off. The MIC22705 is available in a 24-pin 4mm x 4mm MLF® package while the MIC22405 and MIC22205 come in 20-pin 3mm x 4mm MLF and 12-pin 3mm x 3mm MLF® packages respectively.

About Micrel, Inc.
Micrel, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth markets. The Company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities are located in San Jose, CA, with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the Company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide. Web:

Note: MLF is a registered trademark of Amkor Technology.

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