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Micrel Offers New Generation of Miniature High Side Load Switches Capable of Delivering up to 3A in 1mm x 1.5mm Package

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/07/14 -- Micrel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRL), an industry leader in high performance analog and high-speed mixed signal, LAN, and timing and communications solutions, today introduced the MIC94161/62/63/64/65; a family of high-side load switches with low on resistance (14.5mΩ) capable of delivering up to 3A of continuous current in a small 1mm x 1.5mm wafer level chip-scale package. These small devices feature true reverse current protection with a wide input voltage range of 1.7V to 5.5V. This makes them ideally suited for low power or space-constrained applications such as smart phones, tablets, mobile computers, set top boxes, and solid state drives. The MIC9416x family is available in volume with 1,000 pricing starting at $0.29. Samples can be ordered on line at:
http://www.samplecomponents.com/scripts/samplecenter.dll?micrel.

"This new generation of load switches offers small size and low power consumption. Due to their ultra-low on-resistance with high current capability and fault protection features, these devices are ideal for space-constrained or battery operated portable applications," stated Brian Hedayati, vice president of marketing for high performance linear and power solutions at Micrel. "With their true reverse blocking circuit, these devices can reduce system design complexity which provides system isolation and protection while their controlled slew rate helps to prevent any power rail system glitches."

Other features of these devices include an active pull-down circuit (MIC94162/MIC94164) that discharges the output capacitors when the device is turned off, internal soft start function (MIC94161/MIC94164/MIC94165) that reduces in-rush input current and input over voltage protection (MIC94161). These devices are specified to operate from -40degC to +125degC.

About Micrel, Inc.
Micrel, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide high performance linear and power, LAN and timing and communications markets. The Company's products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, MEMs-based clock oscillators and crystal-less clock generators, 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: www.micrel.com.

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