TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. said it is offering the industry's first single-channel interface driver ICs as a replacement for discrete transistors that are often used to connect devices together when voltages are different.
The new driver ICs can be used to interface central processors and peripherals together when devices use 3- and 5-volt supplies, for example.
"The new IFD ICs provide greater flexibility in circuit design by reducing the size of the chip mounting area while still allowing for greater heat dissipation for the application's subsystems," said Malcolm Wood, senior business development manager for analog and peripheral ICs at Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. in Irvine, Calif.
Toshiba's IFD ICs include a clamping diode for protection against switching inductive loads, with output ratings of 50V/0.5 amperes. The new devices are offered in a 6-pin Heat Sink Small Outline Non-Leaded (HSON-6) package. Prices range from $0.30 to $0.47 per unit.