Octal LED driver for portable devices is software controllable
Semtech Corp. has announced the SC620, an octal, I2C-controlled LED driver. The SC620 is designed to provide regulated currents for powering a wide range of LEDs, including white, red, blue, green or yellow, with different forward voltages.
The SC620 is designed to drive the LED backlights for small to medium size LCDs in portable systems that use rechargeable lithium ion/polymer batteries, but may also be applied in systems with a fixed 5V or 3.3V bus. Its low 150mV current sink dropout voltage makes it especially suited for use with LEDs that have forward voltages that are less than the system supply voltage. All LEDs are connected in parallel, with power coming from the system battery or available power rail and each cathode connected to an independent current sink.
Up to eight parallel LEDs, or strings of LEDs, can be driven at one time, and each string can be enabled/disabled or dimmed independently using the I2C control bus. Multiple SC620 devices can be connected to the same I2C bus to provide synchronized control of large banks of LEDs. Each current sink may also be used as an addressable general-purpose output, to enable multiple devices or functions remotely using only the two lines for the I2C interface.
The current sinks are very accurate and exhibit close matching when programmed for the same current, making them ideal for LCD backlighting applications. The current setting range allows dimming ratios up to 800:1, excellent for LCD panels that are exposed to varying ambient light conditions. The flexibility to select the power source for driving the loads allows for a lower cost solution, or lets the designer select an available source that maximizes efficiency for a particular application.
An enable pin allows the system designer to set the part into an ultra-low power shutdown state where the LEDs are disconnected, preventing residual glow due to leakage. The SC620 input voltage range is 2.7V to 5.5V. The maximum total output current capability is 200mA. In a typical application (VBATT=3.6V typ.), eight white LEDs (Vf = 3.4V) can be driven at 25mA each (full brightness) with 92% efficiency.
“The versatility of this device allows full brightness control to be easily obtained using a reliable two-wire serial interface, only one external component, and an industry proven LED current control topology,” said Karl Volk, Director of Marketing for Semtech’s Portable Power Management Products Group. “Additional space savings can be accomplished for those who use any remaining SC620 outputs as general purpose controls to power additional devices within the same space-limited system.”
The ultra-small SC620 features a 3mm x 3mm MLPQ-UT-16 package with a low profile of just 0.6 mm maximum - perfect for small form factor designs. It is RoHS and WEEE compliant.
To assure safe operation across all load conditions, the SC620 contains protection features such as short circuit current limit, thermal protection and under-voltage lockout.
Key Features of the SC620
- Eight independently controlled current sinks
- 150mV maximum dropout voltage
- Current sinks can also be used as general purpose outputs
- Very wide output current range: 31.25µA to 25mA
- 800:1 current dimming range
- Integrated I2C serial bus communication
- Drives full array of LEDs, any color combination per string
- Low noise solution using only one external ceramic capacitor
Pricing and Availability
The SC620 is available immediately in production quantities and is priced at $0.68 each in 1,000-piece lots. Ordering code for the SC620 is SC620ULTRT. Semtech offers comprehensive design assistance, including field- and factory-based support. Data sheets, volume pricing, delivery quotes, as well as evaluation kits and samples, are available by contacting email@example.com.
Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high-quality analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. The company is dedicated to providing customers with proprietary solutions and breakthrough technology in power management, protection, advanced communications, human interface, test & measurement, and wireless connectivity products. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, contact Semtech Corp. at 200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, CA 93012-8790; phone (805) 498-2111; email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit its web site at www.semtech.com.
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