Ideal diodes and Ideal diode controllers are compact semiconductor devices used to protect your system or design against reverse voltage or reverse current. The space-saving components notably reduce the energy often lost across the forward voltage drop of traditional silicon or Schottky diodes. RS offer a wide range of high-quality devices from leading brands including Maxim Integrated, Analog Devices and Linear Technology.
An ideal diode is a semiconductor device that performs how a perfect conductor should. When a positive voltage is applied across the anode (+) terminal to the cathode (-) terminal the ideal diode conducts the flow of current instantly forward. When the voltage is applied in reverse the diode conducts no current at all.
An ideal Diode controller is a device that drives an external N channel MOSFET to mimic an ideal diode with a very low voltage drop and an insignificant reverse current.
These compact semiconductor devices are used in a wide range of applications and designs in the electronics industry. The board mount IC components are available in a range of input voltages, mounting types, pin counts and industry-standard package types to suit your every need. Some of the most common areas are