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Toshiba launches compact resettable eFuse IC

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced their first ever range of eFuse IC products. The range consists of six products in the TCKE8xx series that support various protection functions for power supply lines.

Unlike conventional fuses, that perform a sacrificial function, physically breaking the electrical link to the circuit they are protecting, eFuses offer a resettable solution that can provide further protection features that a typical fuse cannot.

This includes functions such as a highly accurate over-current limit, overvoltage protection, and over-temperature protection in addition to short-circuit protection. Compared to polymeric positive temperature coefficient (PPTC) devices that are also resettable, they react significantly faster, can be reset directly via an external logic signal, and retain their low on-resistance even after multiple trip events.

The TCKE8xx series is provided in three categories: no overvoltage protection, 5 V (VOVC = 6.04 V), and 12 V (VOVC = 15.1 V). Each category is also offered in auto-retry or latched options as the response after a fault event. The status of the latch type is recovered by the application of an external signal, while the auto-retry is capable of re-enabling its output automatically. This provides developers with a choice of options to best suit their application’s needs.

The integrated fast-trip comparator can switch off the output typically within 150 ns. Furthermore, an external capacitor can be included to reduce inrush current by setting a turn-on slew-rate at the output as required. Provision is also made to support an external N-channel MOSFET for reverse-current blocking protection. Typical applications include the supply lines to cameras, cordless cleaner and power tools, cleaning robots, server, smart speaker, thermostats and wireless chargers.

Offered in a 3.00 x 3.00 mm, 0.75 mm thin WSON10B package, the devices offer a typical RON of just 28 mΩ and an over-current limit accuracy if ±11%. Input voltages of 4.4 to 18.0 V are supported and output currents can lie at up to 5.0 A. Certified to IEC 62368-1, this provides developers utilizing the TCKE8xx series in their design a simplified path to certification testing of their end product.

Neil Tyler

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