Ten renewable energy grade ICs reduce PV system cost, improve reliability

Ten renewable energy grade ICs reduce PV system cost, improve reliability

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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 designs.

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

Technical features of National’s new SolarMagic ICs include:

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 100 V at high conversion efficiency. National also offers the SM72238 5 V 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.

Availability and Pricing

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.

National will be showcasing the entire line of SolarMagic ICs in its booth at the Intersolar Europe Conference in Munich, Germany, June 8-10, 2011.

More information about National’s SolarMagic IC products is available at

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