Semtech Introduces Flexible, Wide-Input Range Synchronous Buck Controller Platform

New SC418 and SC419 optimized for high efficiency and low EMI in ultra-thin 3mm x 3mm packaging

Camarillo, California - October 01, 2009

Semtech Corp., a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced the expansion of its popular line of high efficiency buck (step down) controllers with the addition of the SC418 and SC419 platform products.

sc418The SC419 is intended for operation in systems that have dual supplies, while the SC418 integrates a low dropout (LDO) regulator to enable operation from a single supply up to 28V. Both devices feature very strong gate drives (2A high side, 4A low side), and are optimized for low EMI and high efficiency over an extended load range. Efficiency enhancing features include Semtech's patent-pending ultrasonic power save with programmable floor frequency. Semtech's SmartDrive™ reduces EMI and eliminates the need for snubbers or gate drive resistors by adjusting the drive characteristics to the needs of specific MOSFETs.

The programmable LDO embedded in the SC418 can be used to provide the 5V necessary for the gate drive bias, allowing true single input rail operation. Internal crossover circuitry (another feature unique to Semtech's products) optimizes efficiency by bypassing the LDO after startup if the LDO and buck outputs are the same.

Semtech's Smart Power Save™ technique enables the SC418 to re-enter continuous conduction mode when active loads attempt to pull the output high while in power save mode, pulling the output back down and avoiding over voltage latch-off.

"The SC418 and SC419 take the same sophisticated architecture embedded in our SC414 and SC417 integrated regulators and provide the user with a flexible, efficient controller that can be used to optimize solutions for a wide range of applications," said Alan Burchfield, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Semtech's Power Management Group. "This device is packed full of features that optimize efficiency, minimize noise and make it as easy as possible for engineers to use."

Pseudo fixed frequency adaptive on-time control gives the parts superior transient response while reducing the output filter capacitance required and greatly simplifying the design process by removing external compensation components. The controller can be readily set up to allow output voltages up to 12V, will support full ceramic output capacitor solutions, and will start up into a pre-biased output. The strong gate drives provide enough current to power a single phase solution up to 30A.

The SC418 and SC419 have built-in soft-start, cycle-by-cycle current limiting, over-temperature, over-voltage and under-voltage protection features. They also include a power good output for the switching regulator, which may be used for diagnostics and sequencing.

Key Features of the SC418 and SC419

  • Wide input voltage range: 3V to 28V
  • Programmable 150mA LDO can be used to provide gate drive bias for a single rail solution (SC418)
  • SmartDrive™ reduces EMI and eliminates the need for snubbers or gate drive resistors
  • Automatic LDO crossover circuitry optimizes efficiency for VOUT = VLDO (SC418)
  • Selectable continuous conduction mode, regular power save, and programmable frequency ultrasonic power save (patent pending)
  • Fully protected - built-in soft-start, cycle-by-cycle current limiting, over-temperature, over-voltage and under-voltage protection features
  • Compact ultra-thin 3mm x 3mm Pb-free, halogen-free, RoHS/WEEE compliant package

Pricing and Availability

The SC418 and SC419 are available immediately in production quantities and are priced at $0.86 for the SC418 and $0.79 for the SC419 each in 3,000-piece lots. Ordering codes for the parts are SC418ULTRT and SC419ULTRT. Semtech offers comprehensive design assistance, including field- and factory-based support. Data sheets, volume pricing, and delivery quotes, as well as evaluation kits and samples, are available by contacting

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit

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