Toshiba launches first 30 V N-channel common-drain MOSFET

Toshiba SSM10N961L

New device offers bi-directional power within USB applications

Toshiba Electronics Europe has launched their first 30 V N-channel common-drain MOSFET. The new SSM10N961L device offers low-loss operation and is specifically intended for use within devices with USB interfaces. Additionally, it may be used for protecting battery packs within mobile applications.

Toshiba - SSM10N961L

With the ubiquity of USB interfaces, many components and devices have been developed to support USB standards. The USB Power Delivery (USB PD) standard supports higher power levels from 15 W (5 V/ 3 A) to a maximum of 240 W (48 V/ 5 A) and allows swapping of the power supply and receiving side. This requires devices with USB charging to support bi-directional power and this is the use case that the new SSM10N961L N-channel common drain MOSFET has been designed for.

Toshiba - SSM10N961L

Until now, Toshiba’s N-channel common-drain MOSFETs have been 12 V products primarily intended for the protection of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs within smartphones. The newly released 30 V product can be used for applications requiring voltages higher than 12 V such as load switching for power lines of USB charging devices and the protection of Li-ion battery packs for battery powered appliances.

The SSM10N961L combines two N-channels in a common drain configuration which is the feature that allows for bi-directional operation. The source-source breakdown voltage (V(BR)SSS) is 30 V for use in higher voltage applications such as those found in laptops and tablets. To reduce losses in all applications, the source-source on-resistance (RSS(ON)) is typically 9.9 mΩ.

When mounted on a 18 µm, 407 mm2 Cu pad, the current rating of the device is 9.0 A. If the pad size and thickness are increased to 70 µm and 687.5 mm2, the current rating increases to 14.0 A.

Despite the power handling capability of the SSM10N961L, the device is housed in a small thin package (TCSPAG-341501) measuring just 3.37 mm × 1.47 mm × 0.11 mm thereby allowing for high-density solutions to be developed.

By combining the new device with a TCK42xG driver IC it is possible to form a load switching circuit with a backflow prevention function or a power multiplexer circuit that can switch operations between Make-Before-Break (MBB) and Break-Before-Make (BBM).

Toshiba have released a Power Multiplexer Circuit as a reference design based upon this combination of products. The operation of the circuit has been verified by Toshiba, giving designers confidence that it will simplify the design process and shorten timescales.

The reference design Power Multiplexer Circuit
The reference design Power Multiplexer Circuit.
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