LTC3838-2 - Dual, Fast, Accurate Step-Down DC/DC Controller with External Reference Voltage and Dual Differential Output Sensing


  • Wide VIN Range: 4.5V to 38V
  • VOUT1: 0.6V to 5.5V, ±0.67% Output Regulation Accuracy, with Internal 0.6V VREFERENCE
  • VOUT2: 0.4V to 5.5V, ±4mV Regulation Accuracy, with Differential External VREFERENCE Sensing
  • Differential Remote Output Sensing; Up to ±500mV (VOUT1) and ±200mV (VOUT2) Ground Deviations
  • Fast Load Transient Response Without Clock Delay
  • Detect Transient Release (DTR) Reduces VOUT Overshoot
  • Frequency Programmable from 200kHz to 2MHz, Synchronizable to External Clock
  • tON(MIN) = 30ns, tOFF(MIN) = 90ns
  • RSENSE or Inductor DCR Current Sensing
  • Overvoltage Protection and Current Limit Foldback
  • Power Good Output Voltage Monitor
  • Thermally Enhanced 38-Pin (5mm × 7mm) QFN Package

Typical Application

LTC3838-2 Typical Application
LTC3838-2 Typical Application


The LTC®3838-2 is a dual-channel, PolyPhase® synchronous step-down DC/DC switching regulator controller. Two independent channels drive all N-channel power MOSFETs. The two channels can also be combined into a multiphase single output configuration with external reference.

The controlled on-time, valley current mode control architecture allows for not only fast response to transients without a clock delay, but also constant frequency switching at a steady-load condition. Its proprietary load-release transient detection feature (DTR) significantly reduces overshoot at low output voltages.

The switching frequency can be programmed from 200kHz to 2MHz with an external resistor, and can be synchronized to an external clock. Very low tON and tOFF times allow for near 0% and near 100% duty cycles, respectively. Voltage tracking soft start-up and multiple safety features are provided.

See Table 1 for a comparison of LTC3838, LTC3838-1 and LTC3838-2.

Part NumberDescription
LTC3838 ±0.67% Differential Output Voltage Accuracy Over Temperature on Channel 1, ±1% Output Regulation on Channel 2, Separate Per Channel 30mV to 100mV Current Sense Range Controls
LTC3838-1 ±0.67% Differential Output Voltage Accuracy Over Temperature on Both Channel 1 and Channel 2, Single Pin 30mV/60mV Current Sense Range Controls
LTC3838-2 ±0.67% Differential Output Voltage Accuracy With Internal Reference on Channel 1, ±4mV Differential with External Reference Voltage on Channel 2, Fixed 30mV Current Sense Range


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
LTC3838EUHF-2#PBF 5x7 QFN-38 UHF E 05-08-1701 Yes
LTC3838EUHF-2#TRPBF 5x7 QFN-38 UHF E 05-08-1701 Yes
LTC3838IUHF-2#PBF 5x7 QFN-38 UHF I 05-08-1701 Yes
LTC3838IUHF-2#TRPBF 5x7 QFN-38 UHF I 05-08-1701 Yes

LTC3838-2 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
LTC3838EUHF-2#PBF 5x7 QFN-38 E $4.54 $3.18 Yes
LTC3838EUHF-2#TRPBF 5x7 QFN-38 E $3.24 Yes
LTC3838IUHF-2#PBF 5x7 QFN-38 I $5.13 $3.59 Yes
LTC3838IUHF-2#TRPBF 5x7 QFN-38 I $3.65 Yes
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Part Number Description Price Documentation
DC1997A-B LTC3838EUHF-2 Demo Board | 4.5V ≤ VIN ≤ 14V; VOUT1 = 1.5V @ 20A, VOUT2 = 1.2V @ 20A $150.00
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