Philips Offers Integrated Load Switch Functionality in New Transistors

11/13/2003 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced a new family of Low VCEsat (BISS) Loadswitch devices that will allow design engineers to reduce component count and total system cost while saving more than 45% in board space. The new BISS Loadswitch devices (PBLS-series) combine Philips' low VCEsat (BISS) transistors with resistor-equipped transistors (RETs) to offer load switch functionality in one ultra small SOT666 package.

Applications in all segments require load switch functionality for controlling lamps, drivers, chargers, fans and various electrical circuits and power lines. Traditionally, this function has been carried out by MOSFETs or bipolar transistors with up to six components. With the new BISS Loadswitch devices, which require only two external resistors, design engineers have an integrated solution that will reduce component count and also eliminate the need to source several discrete components, saving both cost and time while saving valuable board space.

"Our new BISS Loadswitch devices continue Philips' leadership in offering smart and cost saving solutions for customer applications where space limitations are a concern," said Lars Boysen, international product marketing manager, General Application Discretes at Philips Semiconductors. "With a footprint of 1.6 x 1.2 mm, the BISS Loadswitch devices in SOT666x are ideal for applications such as PDAs, notebooks and mobile phones that have high performance demands but limited board space."

The first Philips BISS Loadswitch devices in SOT666 (15 V, 500 mA) are suitable for mobile applications. Future devices for automotive and consumer applications offer up to 1 A current handling at 40 - 80 V in SC-74.

Pricing and Availability
The first three BISS Loadswitch devices are available now in the SOT666 package for between US$ 0.05 and US$ 0.008 dependent on type and quantity. Additional products in this family, in SC-74 and SC-88 packages, will be available in Q2 2004.

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of $30.1 billion (EUR 31.8 billion) in 2002. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 166,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at:

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