SOURCE: Micrel

December 16, 2008 07:00 ET

Micrel Tunes In With New Fully Integrated, Wide-Input Range Boost Regulators

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - Micrel Inc., (NASDAQ: MCRL), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, today introduced the MIC2605/6, two new wide-input range integrated switch and Schottky diode boost regulators operating at 1.2MHz (MIC2605) and 2MHz (MIC2606). Both devices supply up to 0.5A switch current. The devices, which complement Micrel's recently introduced MIC2601/2 family, are aimed at TV-tuners, broadband communications, TFT-LCD bias supplies, positive output regulators, SEPIC converters, DSL applications and local boost regulators. The ICs are currently available in volume quantities, with pricing starting at $0.98 for 1K quantities. Samples can now be ordered on line at Micrel's web site at: http://www.micrel.com/ProductList.do.

"Micrel's latest boost regulators are ideally suited to meet today's space-sensitive applications by integrating the power switch and the Schottky diode in the IC," noted John T. Lee, director of Non Portable Power, Micrel. "These are high-power density boost regulators offering 0.5Amps of switch current and running at 1.2 and 2MHz. Our customized processes and novel design features enable us to offer best-in-class boost regulator solutions to our customers."

The MIC2605/6 are wide-input range (4.5-20V) integrated switch and Schottky diode boost regulators with output voltage as high as 40V. The devices are ideal for multiple applications. The integrated 0.5A switch and Schottky Diode bring several key benefits to the designer including high power density and low external component count, as well as a low BOM cost. In addition to being easy to use, the devices offer up to 2MHz PWM frequency, and feature high efficiency.

Enhanced stability comes from the use of a small ceramic capacitor, which contributes to a low external component count and associated BOM cost. The solutions come in a small footprint, reliable Pb-free 2mm x 2mm MLF®-8 package.

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: http://www.micrel.com.

Note: MLF is a registered trademark of Amkor Technology.

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