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ROHM’s High Luminous Intensity White LEDs Come in a 1608 Package

April 29, 2021 by Gary Elinoff

The new white chip LEDs sport a 2.0 cd intensity in a tiny 1.6 by 0.8 mm package.

The CSL1104WB series from ROHM are optimized for applications where high brightness white light emissions are required.

The CSL1104WB. Image courtesy of ROHM
The CSL1104WB. Image courtesy of ROHM


While competitive white chip LEDs are offered in 3.5 x 2.8 mm 3528 packages, the CSL1104WB is 87% smaller, while still putting out 2.0 cd. This is a key advantage. Many devices now entering the market need a lot of white light concentrated in small spaces, and the far smaller ROHM devices are better suited to the high density mounting that will be required.


Specifications of the CSL1104WB Series

The CSL1104WB devices’ chip structure is InGaN. The units dissipate a maximum of 144mW. 

Maximum forward current is 40mA, with a peak current of 100mA (10% duty cycle @1kHz). Maximum reverse voltage is 5 volts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       All members of the series feature a Directivity Angle of 115°. Compared to the base value at 25℃, luminous intensity increases by almost 10% at -40℃, while decreasing by slightly more than that amount at 100℃

As illustrated in the datasheet, at 25℃ and at 2.6 volts, forward current is zero, while at 3.1 volts, forward current is roughly 40 mA. All members of the CSL1104WB series draw 20 mA at a forward voltage of 2.9 volts. 


The Individual Members of the Series

There are four members of the series. The chromaticity distribution for each is illustrated below

Chromaticity distribution for each member of the CSL1104WB series. Image courtesy of ROHM
Chromaticity distribution for each member of the CSL1104WB series. Image courtesy of ROHM


Color adjustment is simplified by fine grained, accurate white color chromaticity. Color variability, always an issue with LEDs, is much improved in the new series. The process of color adjustment is simplified through the achievement of color uniformity. This can serve to reduce the amount of effort required for application development. 



Typical Chromaticity Coordinates

CSL1104WBAW 0.281 0.247

2,000 mcd

CSL1104WBBW 0.259


2,000 mcd


0.302 0.292

2,200 mcd


0.282 0.299

2,200 mcd


The brightness figures above are for LED forward voltages of 2.9 volts.


High Brightness for Cleaner Design

With weaker LEDs, light leakage compromises the integrity of LED-light displays. In the top portion of the image below, the weakness of conventional LED illumination forces the use of cover materials with higher transmittances. The result is that even with the LED turned off, at certain viewing angles now an unintended message will be visible. 

Image courtesy of RoHM
Image courtesy of ROHM


As illustrated in the lower portion of the figure, with the powerful 2 cd CSL1104WB, a cover with less transmittance is possible, and when the device is turned off, complete blackout of the message is attained.


Planning for the Future

The AEC-Q102 is the automotive standard specifically developed for optical devices. Qualification to this standard is planned, enabling a smooth transition to new vistas.

ROHM also plans to consolidate its entire luminous intensity lineup to the 1608 size.


Physical Considerations

The CSL1104WB operates over a -40 to +110℃ temperature range. However, the maximum forward current of 40 mA begins to derate at temperatures greater than 75℃.