Miniaturized Synchronous Buck Regulator is rated to 10 A.

Press Release Summary:

Supplied in 5 x 5 mm package, SC417 high-current POL voltage regulator achieves optimal power density through power circuit layout and matching of driver to internal power switches. It has 3-28 V input range and programmable 150 mA LDO that can be used to provide 5 V for gate drive bias, allowing operation from one rail. Other features include internal crossover circuitry, pseudo fixed frequency adaptive on-time control, SmartDrive(TM) technology, and selectable ultrasonic power save.

Original Press Release:

Semtech Introduces Miniaturized Feature Rich 10A Synchronous Buck Regulator Platform

New SC417 delivers excellent power efficiency, wide input voltage range, integrated power MOSFETS, bootstrap switch and adjustable LDO in an ultra-compact 5mm x 5mm package.

Camarillo, California - November 11, 2008
Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced the SC417, the first device in a new family of high current point-of-load voltage regulators which are inherently easy to use without sacrificing electrical performance. Benchmark power density is achieved through advanced packaging, optimized power circuit layout and matching of driver to internal power switches. As the number of power rails in a system grows, driven by increasing bandwidth, content and functionality, a versatile 10A regulator in what approaches chip-scale packaging enables the next generation of complex system loads.

The SC417 has a wide input voltage range of 3V to 28V and achieves high efficiencies over an extended load range. The programmable LDO can be used to provide the 5V necessary for the gate drive bias, allowing the part to operate from a single rail. Internal crossover circuitry bypasses the LDO after startup if the LDO and buck outputs are the same, for optimum efficiency. Pseudo fixed frequency adaptive on-time control gives the part excellent transient response, reduces the output filter capacitance required and greatly simplifies the design process by removing external compensation components.

Featuring Semtech's proven SmartDrive(TM) technology, which reduces EMI and eliminates snubbing components and gate drive resistors, the SC417 regulator also features attractive power save functions. Selectable ultrasonic power save allows the device to operate in discontinuous conduction mode at light load conditions, saving quiescent current, while limiting the "floor" frequency to avoid audible noise. The second device in the SC4x7 family, the SC427, with regular power save (no frequency floor) will release next quarter. Semtech's Smart Power Save(TM) technique enables these devices 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.

Another new feature in the SC417 is its temperature compensated RDS(ON) sensed current limit, which effectively doubles the current limit precision.

"The SC417 10A buck regulator in a 5mm x 5mm QFN package breaks new ground with regards to the footprint and profile required for point-of-load power solutions. Able to be used as a module replacement, its flexibility, ease of use and full feature set make it broadly applicable and very attractive to power supply designers," said Alan Burchfield, Product Marketing Manager for Semtech's Power Management Group. "The wide input operating range permits its use in a broad range of applications including ultra-mobile, industrial and notebook PCs to multi-function printers and digital TV."

The SC417 has built-in soft-start, cycle-by-cycle current limiting, over-temperature, and over- and under- voltage protection features. It also includes a power good output for the switching regulator which may be used for diagnostics and sequencing.

o Wide input voltage range of 3V to 28V
o 7/17 mOhm low/high side MOSFETs enabling efficiencies > 90% between 1A and 10A
o Adjustable 150mA LDO can be used to provide gate drive bias for a single rail solution
o Selectable ultrasonic power save
o Compact 5mm x 5mm RoHS compliant package

The SC417 is available immediately in production quantities and is priced at $2.58 each in 1,000-piece lots. Ordering code for the part is SC417MLTRT. 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

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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