Power Switch ICs

Power switch ICs (integrated circuits) are electronic components that control the power for another device within the circuit. They are used to enable or disable a power rail. Power switches are often used to control the current to a USB connector to prevent short-circuiting. These switches provide protection for circuits which may experience overload or high operating temperatures. Load switches are active whenever the power is switched on and therefore offer low leakage currents. Load switches are often used instead of a MOSFET as they offer additional protection from a smaller package.

When choosing a power switch it is important to consider the current limit levels. These levels can be fixed or adjustable depending on the device. Power switch ICs come in a standard semiconductor package, such as a SOT-21, SSOP and PDIP.

Where are they used?

  • USB ports (e.g. USB-C)
  • Desktop computers
  • Docking stations
  • General switching or linear applications

High-side and Low-side Switches

High-side switches sit between the positive power line and the load. Low-side switches sit between the load and the ground. High-side switches are more commonly used in heavy-load applications where a short circuit is more likely at the ground. Low-side switches are often cheaper and ideal for when load is controlled through a high-speed PWM. There are also H-bridge switch ICs which require both high-side and low-side switches.

What is an Intelligent Power Switch (IPS)?

Intelligent power switches are ICs that are largely used in the automotive applications. They also play a big role in the “Smart Home” products. An Intelligent power switch combines multiple actions into a single process. They are used in PAC (Programmable Automation Controller), CNC (Computer Numerical Control) & PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), robotics, agricultural systems, security systems & used in green energy, like wind turbines.


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RS Stock No. 146-8587
Mfr. Part No.LNK564PN
$1.64
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- Off Lineer 88Ω - - 375mA 1 - 3W Over-Temperature Through Hole DIPB 8 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 165-7147
Mfr. Part No.SI1869DH-T1-GE3
BrandVishay
$0.288
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- - - - - - - - - - Surface Mount SC-70 6 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 146-5724
Mfr. Part No.TOP258MN
$3.31
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- Off Lineer 2.9Ω - - 6.88A 1 - 92W Over-Temperature Through Hole SDIPC 10 +150 °C
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Mfr. Part No.VNP35N07-E
$5.38
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- OMNIFET: Fully Autoprotected Power MOSFET - - 70 V 35A - - - - Through Hole TO-220 3 -
RS Stock No. 898-6867
Mfr. Part No.BTS6133DAUMA1
BrandInfineon
$4.21
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High Side High Side Switch 26mΩ - 38 V 8A 1 - - - Surface Mount TO-252 5 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 747-0998
Mfr. Part No.NCP380HSN10AAT1G
$1.176
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- - - - 5.5 V 1A 2 2 - - Surface Mount TSOP 5 +125 °C
RS Stock No. 146-8555
Mfr. Part No.TNY275PN
$2.16
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- Off Lineer 33Ω - - 560mA 1 - 11.5W Over-Temperature Through Hole DIPC 8 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 709-9167
Mfr. Part No.TPS22945DCKR
$1.502
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- - - - 5.5 V 0.15A 1 - - - Surface Mount SC-70 5 +85 °C
RS Stock No. 146-8572
Mfr. Part No.TNY278GN
$3.04
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- Off Lineer - - 1650mA 1 - 21.5W Over-Temperature Surface Mount SMDC 8 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 921-5150
Mfr. Part No.TPS22945DCKR
$0.675
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- - - - 5.5 V 0.15A 1 - - - Surface Mount SC-70 5 +85 °C
RS Stock No. 809-1310
Mfr. Part No.VNP35N07-E
$7.705
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- OMNIFET: Fully Autoprotected Power MOSFET - - 70 V 35A - - - - Through Hole TO-220 3 -
RS Stock No. 163-2565
Mfr. Part No.NCP380HSN10AAT1G
$0.424
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- - - - 5.5 V 1A 2 2 - - Surface Mount TSOP 5 +125 °C
RS Stock No. 146-5672
Mfr. Part No.TNY278GN
$2.644
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- Off Lineer - - 1650mA 1 - 21.5W Over-Temperature Surface Mount SMDC 8 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 165-8067
Mfr. Part No.BTS6133DAUMA1
BrandInfineon
$2.031
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High Side High Side Switch 26mΩ - 38 V 8A 1 - - - Surface Mount TO-252 5 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 146-5636
Mfr. Part No.TNY275PN
$1.615
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- Off Lineer 33Ω - - 560mA 1 - 11.5W Over-Temperature Through Hole DIPC 8 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 146-5687
Mfr. Part No.TOP255PN
$2.20
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- Off Lineer 4.7Ω - - 2.72A 1 - 35W Over-Temperature Through Hole DIPC 8 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 123-5393
Mfr. Part No.LNK606PG
$1.842
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- - - - - - - - - - Through Hole DIP 7 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 122-3302
Mfr. Part No.AP2152MPG-13
$1.017
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High Side - 150mΩ - 5.5 V 1A 2 - - - Surface Mount MSOP 8 +85 °C
RS Stock No. 752-8268
Mfr. Part No.BTS133TCBUMA1
BrandInfineon
$4.08
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Low Side Low Side Switch 120mΩ - 73 V 7A 1 - - - Surface Mount TO-263 3 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 809-0834
Mfr. Part No.FDC6324L
$0.813
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- Integrated Load - - 20 V 1A 2 - 0.7W - Surface Mount SOT-23 6 +150 °C