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New charge pump tailored for cellphone camera apps

Posted: 27 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTC3217? linear technology? charge pump?

Linear Technology Corp. unveiled a 850kHz, high efficiency 1x/1.5x/2x multimode charge pump for driving multiple high current LEDs in cellphone camera applications. Utilizing constant-frequency operation for low noise, the LTC3217 can drive up to 4 LED current sources at up to 600mA total output current, all from a compact 3-by-3mm QFN package. Shutdown mode and current output levels are selected via two logic input pins.

According to the press release, the LTC3217's voltage range of 2.9V to 4.5V is optimized for single cell Li-ion inputs. Efficiencies when driven from a Li-ion battery (3.6V nominal) reach 92 percent, maximizing battery run-time. In addition, said Linear Tech, the device only requires four small capacitors and two resistors to create a tiny, low profile (<20mm2, 0.75mm high) solution footprint.

The LTC3217 charge pump automatically optimizes efficiency based on V and LED forward voltage conditions. It powers up in 1x mode and automatically switches to boost mode (1.5x) when any enabled LED current source approaches dropout; a subsequent dropout switches the part into 2x mode. High and low LED current levels are programmed via resistors. Brightness is controlled by selecting each or both current set resistors via the enable inputs. Brightness can also be controlled by pulse width modulation of the EN2 pin. Internal circuitry prevents inrush current and excessive input noise during start-up and mode switching. Additionally, the device has open/short LED protection.

The LTC3217EUD is available from stock in a 16-lead QFN (3-by-3mm) package. Pricing starts at $1.70 each for 1,000-piece quantities.

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