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LED driver handles up to 60 white LEDs

Posted: 12 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:white LED? TFT-LCD? backlighting?

Linear Technology introduces the LT3598, a 45V, 2.5MHz DC/DC boost mode converter designed to operate as a constant current LED driver for up to 60 white LEDs. The LT3598 can drive up to six strings of LEDs, each with up to 10 30mA white LEDs in series while delivering efficiencies up to 90 percent. Its multichannel capability makes it ideal for medium sized TFT-LCD backlighting applications. Its input voltage range of 3V to 30V makes it ideal for automotive and industrial applications, says Linear. It offers 1.5 percent LED current matching to insure uniform brightness of the display. Dimming ratios as high as 3,000:1 can be attained by using True Color PWM dimming. A programmable 200kHz to 2.5MHz fixed frequency operation and current mode architecture offers stable operation over a wide range of supply and output voltages while minimizing the size of the external components. Additionally, the switching frequency is synchronizable to an external clock. Its thermally enhanced 4mm x 4mm QFN package offers a very compact solution footprint for LED backlighting applications.

The LT3598 uses a single 1.5A, 45V internal switch to provide a boost mode constant current source. However, even when VIN exceeds VOUT, the LT3598 will continue to regulate the LED current. The internal boost converter uses an adaptive feedback loop to regulate the output voltage slightly higher than the required LED voltage to insure maximum efficiency. If any of the LED strings experiences an open circuit, it will continue to regulate the existing strings and signals the OPENLED alert pin. If higher current LEDs are required, multiple strings can be combined enabling it to drive up to 2 strings of 10 90mA LEDs. Additional features include programmable over voltage protection, LED current derating based on junction temperature and/or LED temperature and output voltage limiting when all LED strings are disconnected. The LT3598EUF is available from stock in a thermally enhanced 24-lead 4mm x 4mm QFN package, 1,000-piece pricing starts at $2.95 each. An industrial grade version, the LT3598IUF is tested and guaranteed to operate from a -40C to 125C operating junction temperature and is priced at $3.39 in 1,000-piece quantities. All versions are available from stock.

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