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IR's new MERs with 40% more current handling capability

Posted: 13 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share


The new series of microelectronic relays (MERs) from International Rectifier (IR) are touted to have as much as 40 percent more current handling capability and up to 50 percent better on-resistance than similar competing devices.

Packaged in a six-pin DIP, the PVG612A MER is suitable for use in various switching applications, including programmable logic controllers, audio equipment, computers and peripherals, power supplies, load distribution to displays, indicators and industrial automation.

"The new MERs can replace electromechanical relays or older solid-state relays in industrial control applications, increasing reliability and load current handling capacity at the same time," said Andy Serkuczewski, Marketing Manager for the Consumer and Industrial group at IR.

The PVG612A is a single-pole, normally open solid-state relay. It utilizes an integrated circuit photovoltaic generator and IR HEXFET power MOSFET transistors as the output switch. The switch is controlled by radiation from a light-emitting diode that is optically isolated from the generator.

Rated at 60V with 3A AC or 6A DC maximum load current, the PVG612A features an input drive of 5mA, making it fully TTL-compatible. The relay is offered in through-hole, surface mount and tape and reel package options.

Pricing begins at $3.59 each for the PVG612A (six-pin DIP) in 10,000-unit quantities. Prices are subject to change.

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