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Linear Tech Announces LED Driver That Drives Up To 6 Strings Of 10 LEDs Each

November 13, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Linear Technology announced the LT3598, a 45V, 2.5MHz dc-dc boost mode converter designed to operate as a constant current LED driver for up to sixty white LEDs. The LT3598 can drive up to six strings of LEDs, each with up to ten 30mA white LEDs in series while delivering efficiencies up to 90%. Its multichannel capability makes it ideal for medium sized TFT-LCD backlighting applications. Its input voltage range of 3 to 30V makes it suitable for automotive and industrial applications. It offers 1.5% 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 4 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 -40 to 125°C operating junction temperature and is priced at $3.39 in 1,000-piece quantities.