High-current switches kickstart power distribution

San Jose, Calif.&#8212Micrel’s MIC2014/15/16 high-current power switches feature so-called kickstart current limiting to bring a new level of adaptability to peripheral power management. The chips, part of the company’s family of MIC20xx power distribution switches introduced earlier this month, are aimed at applications requiring current limiting as protection against short circuits, including PCs, set top boxes, game controllers and USB host devices.