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Integrated circuits vs. discrete solutions - Supporting high current drive

What are the main benefits of integrated circuits supporting high current drive over discrete solutions?

  • Integrated solutions frequently offer protection features like thermal shutdown. Some products include an overcurrent limit to clamp the output current. The form factor for integrated solutions is much smaller than discrete solutions, which is important when designing multi-channel applications. Integrated solutions have higher reliability than discrete solutions and higher precision performance due to the matching inherent in the IC manufacturing process.