Toshiba launches tiny common-drain N-channel MOSFET

Toshiba Electronics Europe has launched a 12V common-drain N-channel MOSFET with a current rating of 20A, for use in battery protection circuits in lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs.

These packs are commonly used for smartphones, tablets, power banks, compact digital cameras, digital SLR cameras and other similar applications.

Li-ion battery pack safety is enhanced by highly robust protection circuits that reduce heat generation while charging and discharging. To meet the required charging performance, these circuits must have low power consumption. Given the compact nature of these solutions, suitable MOSFETs must be small and thin while delivering low levels of on-resistance.

The 20A SSM14N956L is rated for a 12V source-to-source voltage (VSSS) and uses Toshiba’s micro-process, in common with the already released 13.5A SSM10N954L. This ensures excellent low on-resistance (RSS(ON)) characteristics, as low as 1mΩ, which limits conduction losses. Additionally, the process delivers low gate-source leakage current (IGSS) of ±1µA (max.), allowing for low standby power consumption. Together, these attributes allow for extended battery operation between charges.

To fit in the constrained spaces available in these applications, the new SSM14N956L is designed as a chip-scale package, known as TCSPED-302701. The dimensions are just 2.74mm x 3.0mm with a typical height of just 0.085mm.