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Document And Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2014
Oct. 24, 2014
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name MONOLITHIC POWER SYSTEMS INC  
Document Type 10-Q  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   38,745,011
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Central Index Key 0001280452  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2014  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2014  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3