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AnalogicTech’s High Current WLED Flash Drivers Offer Smaller Alternative To Xenon Lamps

August 26, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. (AnalogicTech) announced two new additions to its family of high current White LED (WLED) flash drivers. Supporting either two WLEDs at up to 750mA each or one WLED at up to 1.5A and coming in a 3 x 3mm TDFN package, the AAT1271 and AAT1272 dual-channel boost converters are the first devices of their type in AnalogicTech’s WLED driver product line to feature the company’s proprietary AS²Cwire and industry-standard I²C interface respectively. The additional addressing capability of these two buses is said to offer designers tremendous flexibility to modify drive current, and therefore WLED brightness. At the same time, the boost converters’ high drive current and small 3 x 3mm footprint is said to deliver a highly attractive alternative to bulky xenon lamp solutions.

Both the AAT1271 and AAT1272 are high efficiency, high current boost converters designed for LED photo flash applications. Operating off a 2.7 to 5.5V input voltage range, the two new devices are targeted at single-cell Lithium-ion battery powered mobile systems. Both converters use a high 2 MHz switching frequency which helps reduce system footprint by allowing the use of smaller external inductors and capacitors. The two new converters can achieve up to 85% efficiency with 1µH inductors.

Both converters supply separate flash enable and movie-mode enable inputs to control flash and movie-mode operation. Designers use a single, external resistor to set full-scale flash LED current. A default 7.3:1 flash-to-movie-mode current ratio is provided. Designers can adjust the movie-mode current level from the default setting to any of 15 other levels using either the AS²Cwire or I²C interface. The AAT1271 also adds a flash inhibit input that can be used in GSM mobile applications to reduce the flash current during PA transmission to avoid a system reset due to excessive battery droop in high battery current conditions. Given their high drive current capability, both converters also feature input current limit capability and a true load disconnect switch that reduces supply current in shutdown to < 1µA.

The new converters also include a user-programmable flash safety timer. This function can be used to protect the flash LEDs from thermal damage in the event of a software failure by terminating the flash pulse regardless of the FL enable signal condition. Using the AS²C or I²C bus, the safety timer can be programmed across 16 different levels.

Both devices are qualified across the -40 to +85°C temperature range and come in a 3x3-mm 14-pin TDFN package. The AAT1271 and the AAT1272 sell for $1.49 in 1K quantities.