Analog Devices' LED backlight driver reduces current requirements for small format displays

June 16, 2009
Date Announced: 16 Jun 2009 - The ADP8860’s parallel configuration and multi-zone lighting capability delivers a superior viewing experience with a low power budget in space-constrained portable devices. NORWOOD, Mass. - Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications has expanded its lighting management system (LMS) product lineup with the new ADP8860 white LED (WLED) backlight driver – the first member of a new family of charge pump-configuration devices. Designed to operate with sister LMS products, such as the ADP5520 lighting management system and ADP5588 mobile I/O expander, the ADP8860 features ambient light sensing, a highly programmable register set, and sophisticated fading and dimming options that reduce backlight power dissipation by up to 50 percent. This flexible architecture simplifies the system designer’s objective to optimize power management in a broad range of low-power, low-voltage products that require backlighting for small-format displays and/or keypads found in consumer, medical, industrial and instrumentation electronics devices. Flexible Architecture Promotes Ease of Use For challenging applications such as maritime and portable navigation devices, radar scanners and consumer handsets, which require consistent display viewing in a variety of ambient lighting environments, the ADP8860 supports 1.7 to 3.3 V I/O operation. The device’s configurable architecture improves ease-of-use by automatically detecting ambient light levels and adjusting backlighting brightness according to changing light conditions. Like ADI’s other LMS devices, the ADP8860’s LMS capability enables the device to automatically determine and adjust for the minimum gain required as light level changes and reduces power consumption up to 50 percent when compared with traditional charge pump devices that use the same lighting gain for all conditions. Multi-zone lighting capability is also available to support the main display, as well as other displays including navigation, special functions, keypad, and indicator displays where significant power savings can be realized while maintaining the required viewing light levels. The LMS also helps to minimize the processor’s involvement, extending device autonomy – the time required between charges – and increasing the battery days-of-use time by up to 35 percent. Featuring a parallel configuration, the single-chip ADP8860 can control up to seven LEDs – six at 30 milliamps (mA) maximum and one at 60 mA – offering sophisticated dimming and fade-in/fade-out capabilities. This flexibility delivers independent LED control to achieve minimum/maximum current and fade-in/fade-out times, or in grouped LED control to offload the processor from fade-in/fade-out duties and conserve power. For example, designers can configure a small group of LEDs to backlight the display, and assign individual LEDs to drive keypad lighting, and network connectivity and charge indicator lights. The single-chip ADP8860 backlight driver also enables system designers to quickly and easily upgrade non-LMS devices to provide the desired sophisticated fading and dimming functions, as well as extended battery life, to offer users an enhanced media viewing experience in a variety of lighting conditions. Availability and Pricing Samples of the ADP8860 WLED backlight driver are available in a compact 2 mm × 2.4 mm × 0.6 mm 20-bump WLCSP (wafer level chip scale package) or a small 4 mm x 4 mm x 1 mm, 20-pin LFCSP (lead frame chip scale package). The ADP8860 is priced at $1.70 per unit in 1,000-unit quantities. For more information, visit For more information on ADI’s power-management products for display and lighting, visit ADI in Power Management Analog Devices brings world-class signal-processing prowess to a portfolio of innovative power-management ICs that complement high-performance signal-processing functions in a wide range of portable and fixed-power applications in consumer electronics, medical equipment, industrial and instrumentation, and communications infrastructure. By supporting signal-chain design requirements, such as dynamic range, transient performance, and reliability, ADI helps customers solve complex power challenges easily and quickly, differentiate their products, and get to market faster. Learn more about ADI's power-management ICs at About Analog Devices Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged throughout the industry as the world leader in data-conversion and signal-conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits for analog and digital signal-processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

Analog Devices, Inc. Three Technology Way Norwood, MA 02062 Analog Devices Inc. Howard Wisniowski Ph: 781-937-1517

E-mail:[email protected]