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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Description Price Power Switch Topology Power Switch Type Switch On Resistance Number of Channels Maximum Operating Supply Voltage Maximum Operating Current Number of Outputs Number of Inputs Power Rating Protection Features Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Maximum Operating Temperature
RS Stock No. 877-3144
Mfr. Part No.VNS3NV04DP-E
SGD2.752
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- OMNIFET: Fully Autoprotected Power MOSFET - - 40 V 3.5A - - - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 793-1415
Mfr. Part No.VNS3NV04DPTR-E
SGD2.656
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- OMNIFET: Fully Autoprotected Power MOSFET - - 40 V 3.5A - - - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 -
RS Stock No. 168-8915
Mfr. Part No.VNS3NV04DP-E
SGD1.932
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- OMNIFET: Fully Autoprotected Power MOSFET - - 40 V 3.5A - - - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 920-6547
Mfr. Part No.VNS3NV04DPTR-E
SGD1.143
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- OMNIFET: Fully Autoprotected Power MOSFET - - 40 V 3.5A - - - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 -
RS Stock No. 168-8922
Mfr. Part No.STMPS2141STR
SGD0.31
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High Side MOSFET 160mΩ - 5.5 V 0.5A 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 +125 °C
RS Stock No. 880-5406
Mfr. Part No.STMPS2141STR
SGD0.734
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High Side MOSFET 160mΩ - 5.5 V 0.5A 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 +125 °C
RS Stock No. 714-1161
Mfr. Part No.VN330SP-E
SGD9.80
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High Side High Side Solid State Relay 0.4Ω - 45 V 0.7A 4 - - - Surface Mount PowerSO 10 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 168-6831
Mfr. Part No.VN330SP-E
SGD8.328
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High Side Solid State Relay 0.4Ω - 45 V 0.7A 4 - - - Surface Mount PowerSO 10 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 168-5869
Mfr. Part No.E-L9823013TR
SGD2.829
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Low Side Low Side 1.5Ω - 50 V 0.5A 7 - - - Surface Mount SOIC 24 -
RS Stock No. 110-6597
Mfr. Part No.E-L9823013TR
SGD5.20
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Low Side Low Side 1.5Ω - 50 V 0.5A 7 - - - Surface Mount SOIC 24 -
RS Stock No. 168-6835
Mfr. Part No.VN340SPTR-E
SGD5.429
Each (On a Reel of 600)
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- - - - - - 4 - - - Surface Mount PowerSO 10 -
RS Stock No. 165-5516
Mfr. Part No.STMPS2151STR
SGD0.297
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High Side MOSFET 160mΩ - 5.5 V 0.5A 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 +125 °C
RS Stock No. 110-6370
Mfr. Part No.STMPS2161STR
SGD0.814
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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High Side High Side Power Switch 200mΩ - 5.5 V 1A 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 +85 °C
RS Stock No. 877-3113
Mfr. Part No.VN5016AJTR-E
SGD4.432
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High Side High Side Driver Switch 32mΩ - 36 V 60A 1 - - - Surface Mount PowerSSO 12 +150 °C
RS Stock No. 880-5553
Mfr. Part No.VNN3NV04PTR-E
SGD1.48
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- - - - - - - - - - Surface Mount SOT-223 3 + Tab -
RS Stock No. 714-1173
Mfr. Part No.VN340SPTR-E
SGD8.25
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- - - - - - 4 - - - Surface Mount PowerSO 10 -
RS Stock No. 880-5415
Mfr. Part No.STMPS2151STR
SGD0.76
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High Side MOSFET 160mΩ - 5.5 V 0.5A 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 +125 °C
RS Stock No. 165-5418
Mfr. Part No.VN5016AJTR-E
SGD2.026
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- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 165-5489
Mfr. Part No.VNN3NV04PTR-E
SGD0.723
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- OMNIFET: Fully Autoprotected Power MOSFET - - 40 V 3.5A - - - - Surface Mount SOT-223 3 + Tab -
RS Stock No. 145-8757
Mfr. Part No.STMPS2161STR
SGD0.303
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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- - - - - - - - - - Surface Mount SOT-23 5 +85 °C