LTC3638 - High Efficiency, 140V 250mA Step-Down Regulator


  • Wide Operating Input Voltage Range: 4V to 140V
  • Internal Low Resistance Power MOSFET
  • No Compensation Required
  • Adjustable 20mA to 250mA Maximum Output Current
  • Low Dropout Operation: 100% Duty Cycle
  • Low Quiescent Current: 12μA
  • Wide Output Range: 0.8V to VIN
  • 0.8V ±1% Feedback Voltage Reference
  • Precise RUN Pin Threshold
  • Internal or External Soft-Start
  • Programmable 1.8V, 3.3V, 5V or Adjustable Output
  • Few External Components Required
  • Programmable Input Overvoltage Lockout
  • Thermally Enhanced High Voltage MSOP Package

Typical Application

LTC3638 Typical Application
LTC3638 Typical Application


The LTC®3638 is a high efficiency step-down DC/DC regulator with internal power switch that draws only 12μA typical DC supply current while maintaining a regulated output voltage at no load.

The LTC3638 can supply up to 250mA load current and features a programmable peak current limit that provides a simple method for optimizing efficiency and for reducing output ripple and component size. The LTC3638’s combination of Burst Mode® operation, integrated power switch, low quiescent current, and programmable peak current limit provides high efficiency over a broad range of load currents.

With its wide input range of 4V to 140V and programmable overvoltage lockout, the LTC3638 is a robust regulator suited for regulating from a wide variety of power sources. Additionally, the LTC3638 includes a precise run threshold and soft-start feature to guarantee that the power system start-up is well-controlled in any environment. A feedback comparator output enables multiple LTC3638s to be connected in parallel for higher current applications.

The LTC3638 is available in a thermally enhanced high voltage-capable 16-lead MSE package with four missing pins.


CAD Symbols and Footprints: The downloadable Zip file below contains the schematic symbol and PCB footprints.

For complete and up to date package information and drawings, please refer to our packaging page

Part Number Package Code Temp Package
LTC3638EMSE#PBF MS-16E MSE E 05-08-1871 Yes
LTC3638EMSE#TRPBF MS-16E MSE E 05-08-1871 Yes
LTC3638HMSE#PBF MS-16E MSE H 05-08-1871 Yes
LTC3638HMSE#TRPBF MS-16E MSE H 05-08-1871 Yes
LTC3638IMSE#PBF MS-16E MSE I 05-08-1871 Yes
LTC3638IMSE#TRPBF MS-16E MSE I 05-08-1871 Yes
LTC3638MPMSE#PBF MS-16E MSE MP 05-08-1871 Yes
LTC3638MPMSE#TRPBF MS-16E MSE MP 05-08-1871 Yes

LTC3638 Package Drawing

Order Info

  • Part numbers ending in PBF are lead free. Solder plated terminal finish (SnPb) versions are non-standard and special terms and conditions and pricing applies if available. Please contact LTC marketing for information.
  • Part numbers containing TR or TRM are shipped in tape and reel or 500 unit mini tape and reel, respectively
  • Please refer to our general ordering information or the product datasheet for more details

Package Variations and Pricing

Part Number Package Temp Price
LTC3638EMSE#PBF MS-16E E $5.22 $3.65 Yes
LTC3638EMSE#TRPBF MS-16E E $3.71 Yes
LTC3638HMSE#PBF MS-16E H $6.10 $4.27 Yes
LTC3638HMSE#TRPBF MS-16E H $4.33 Yes
LTC3638IMSE#PBF MS-16E I $5.74 $4.02 Yes
LTC3638IMSE#TRPBF MS-16E I $4.08 Yes
LTC3638MPMSE#PBF MS-16E MP $15.49 $10.84 Yes
LTC3638MPMSE#TRPBF MS-16E MP $10.90 Yes
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* The USA list pricing shown is for BUDGETARY USE ONLY, shown in United States dollars (FOB USA per unit for the stated volume), and is subject to change. International prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates. For volume-specific price or delivery quotes, please contact your local Linear Technology sales office or authorized distributor.

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Part Number Description Price Documentation
DC2057A LTC3638 Demo Board | 4V ≤ VIN ≤ 140V, Vout = 1.8V/3.3V/5V/Adj @ 250mA $200.00
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