Linear's High Side Sense LED Controller for Boost, Buck or Buck-Boost High Current LED Applications

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17777 0 thumb Date Announced: 14 Jan 2009

Linear Technology has announced the LT3755, a 60V, high-side current sense DC/DC converter designed to drive high current LEDs. Its 4.5V to 40V input voltage range makes it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including automotive, industrial and architectural lighting.

The LT3755 uses an external N-channel MOSFET and can drive up to 14 1A white LEDs from a nominal 12V input, delivering in excess of 50 watts. It incorporates a high-side current sense, enabling it to be used in boost, buck, buck-boost or SEPIC and flyback topologies.

The LT3755 can deliver efficiencies of over 94% in boost mode, eliminating any need for external heat sinking. A frequency adjust pin permits the user to program the frequency between 100kHz and 1MHz, optimizing efficiency while minimizing external component size and cost. Combined with a 3mm x 3mm QFN package, the LT3755 offers a very compact 50 watt LED driver solution.

The LT3755 uses True Color PWM™ dimming, which delivers constant LED color with dimming ranges of up to 3,000:1. For less demanding dimming requirements, the CTRL pin can be used to offer a 10:1 analog dimming range. Its fixed frequency, current mode architecture offers stable operation over a wide range of supply and output voltages. A ground referenced voltage FB pin serves as the input for several LED protection features, making it possible for the converter to operate as a constant-voltage source.

Two versions of the LT3755 are available -- the standard LT3755, which offers an Open LED Status pin, and the LT3755-1, which replaces the Open LED Status pin with a frequency synchronization pin. Both the LT3755EUD and LT3755EUD-1 are available from stock in a 16-pin 3mm x 3mm QFN package.

Pricing starts at $2.75 each for both versions in 1,000-piece quantities. Extended temperature versions, or "I" grades, namely the LT3755IUD and LT3755IUD-1, are also available from stock. Pricing starts at $3.15 each, respectively, in 1,000-piece quantities.

Summary of Features of the LT3755/-1:

* 3,000:1 True Color PWM Dimming
* Wide Input Voltage Range: 4.5V to 40V
* Output Voltage Up to 60V
* Constant-Current and Constant-Voltage Regulation
* 100mV High Side Current Sense
* Drives LEDs in Boost, Buck Mode, Buck-Boost Mode, SEPIC or Flyback Topology
* Adjustable Frequency: 100kHz to 1MHz
* Programmable Undervoltage Lockout with Hysteresis
* Open LED Status Pin (LT3755)
* Frequency Synchronization (LT3755-1)
* PWM Disconnect Switch Driver
* CTRL Pin Provides Analog Dimming
* Low Shutdown Current: <1uA
* Programmable Soft-Start
* Thermally Enhanced 16-Lead QFN (3mm × 3mm) Package

UK, Ireland, South Africa and Israel: Alastair Boyd, Linear Technology (UK) Limited Tel: +44 (0)1628 477066 E-mail: North America and General Information: Doug Dickinson, Linear Technology Corporation Tel: (408) 432 1900 ext. 2233 E-mail:


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