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Toshiba Launches Compact Resettable eFuse IC Providing Safety for Low Voltage Applications

November 22, 2019 by Toshiba

Electronic fuse solution provides multiple protection options for power supply lines.

Electronic fuse solution provides multiple protection options for power supply lines

Toshiba Electronics Europe (“Toshiba”) today announced its 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.

Whereas conventional fuses perform a sacrificial function, physically breaking the electrical link to the circuit they are protecting, eFuses offer a resettable solution that additionally provides 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, 5V (VOVC = 6.04V), and 12 V (VOVC = 15.1V). Each overvoltage 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 150ns. 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 18.0V are supported and output currents can lie at up to 5.0A. 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.

 

About Toshiba Electronics Europe

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) is the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, which is ranked among the world’s largest semiconductor vendors. TEE offers one of the industry‘s broadest IC and discrete product lines including high-end memory, microcontrollers, ASICs and ASSPs for automotive, multimedia, industrial, telecoms and networking applications. The company also has a wide range of power semiconductor solutions as well as storage products like HDDs, SSDs, SD Cards and USB sticks.

TEE was formed in 1973 in Neuss, Germany, providing design, manufacturing, marketing and sales and now has headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, with branch offices in France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. TEE employs approximately 300 people in Europe. Company president is Mr. Takashi Nagasawa.

Toshiba Corporation is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing US$61 billion.