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National Semiconductor Introduces New SolarMagic ICs for
Microinverter, Power Optimizer and Charge Controller
Renewable Energy Grade ICs Reduce Photovoltaic System Cost, Improve Reliability and Simplify Design
National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) today introduced ten new SolarMagic integrated circuits (ICs),
the first in a series developed to reduce cost, improve reliability and simplify design of photovoltaic (PV)
systems. Ranging from the industry’s first full-bridge gate driver to a micropower voltage regulator, the new
ICs are well-suited for a variety of photovoltaic electronic applications, including those found in
microinverters, power optimizers, charge controllers and panel safety systems.
“National now offers an extensive portfolio of analogue and mixed signal ICs that provide manufacturers of
microinverters with the robust, renewable energy grade ICs they need to ensure long-term operation,” said Bill
Mazotti, Solar IC Business Unit Director at National. “National’s solutions for the photovoltaic space now
include components for power optimizers, microinverters and inverters.”
The new SolarMagic ICs are the first developed to meet photovoltaic renewable energy-grade qualification
requirements. Each IC is engineered specifically for demanding rooftop environments that range from extreme
cold to severe heat, and each passes rigorous testing with enhanced reliability specific to solar requirements. In
addition, the ICs ensure long-term operation, developed to meet and exceed the 25-year life expectancy of
photovoltaic modules. Collectively provided as a complete design, SolarMagic ICs increase energy harvest,
reduce cost per kilowatt-hour and improve safety in junction boxes and other types of enclosures. Used
independently, the ICs provide high voltage and high current gate drive for microinverter or power optimizer
A full set of reference designs and application notes help the designer quickly develop a complete photovoltaic
system. Each reference design includes an evaluation board, bill of materials and schematic, which can be
downloaded at National is showcasing the entire line of
SolarMagic ICs in its booth at the Intersolar Europe Conference in Munich, Germany, June 8-10.
Technical Features of National’s New SolarMagic ICs
MPPT Controllers - For distributed PV power optimization applications providing maximum power point
tracking (MPPT), National offers the SM72441 and SM72442 programmable MPPT controllers. Features
include voltage and current diagnostics, integrated four switch buck-boost converter control,
overvoltage/overcurrent protection and an I2C interface.
Gate Drivers – For power processing circuitry in power optimizers, microinverters and charge controllers,
National offers the SM72295 full-bridge and SM72482 dual 5A compound gate drivers. The drivers can drive
four discrete MOSFETS in a full-bridge configuration and each includes a high side overcurrent sense
amplifier with high sink and source current capabilities.
Voltage Regulators - For a variety of bias rail applications used in power optimizers, microinverters and charge
controllers, National offers the SM72485 switching regulator with constant-on-time technology that enables an
operating range up to 100V at high conversion efficiency. National also offers the SM72238 5V low drop out
(LDO) regulator for lower power.
Sensing and Detection – National offers a variety of products for ancillary circuits commonly found in
distributed PV power optimization and battery charging applications for protection, sensing, supervisory, and
control. The SM72240 is a supervisory reset circuit. The SM72375 is a dual micropower rail-to-rail input
CMOS comparator. The SM72480 is a preset temperature switch and sensor that provides the industry’s best
accuracy. The SM72501 precision CMOS, RRIO, wide supply range amplifier provides low offset voltage
along with low input bias current.
Pricing and Availability
National’s 10 new SolarMagic ICs are available now in a variety of industry-standard electronic packages.
Priced in quantities of 1,000, the ICs range from $0.50 to $4.10.
More information about National’s SolarMagic IC products is available at
Note to editors: To view a high-resolution downloadable photo of these products, visit National's photo gallery
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is a leader in power management technology. Known for its easy-to-use analogue
integrated circuits and world-class supply chain, National’s high-performance analogue products enable its
customers’ systems to be more energy efficient. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales
of $1.42 billion for fiscal 2010. Additional information is available at