Microlinear Power Control Ic

Another product intended for the laptop computer market has some interesting possibilities for the ham and electronics experimenter. Micro Linear's ML 4860 is a power-control IC designed to give maximum life from a laptop computer's battery. Of course, these same benefits can be gleaned for any battery-powered project, such as an HT, a battery-powered QRP rig, or any of a multitude of applications.

The ML 4860 incorporates two 5-V regulated outputs (with 3 amps available from one), a 12-V output, a 2.5-V high-precision reference voltage and a low-battery indi-

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