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600mA Cell Phone Camera LED Driver Features Low Noise and 92% Efficiency

Dec 21 2005 - MILPITAS, CA
  • MILPITAS, CA - December 21, 2005 - Linear Technology Corporation announces the LTC3217, a 850kHz, high efficiency 1x/1.5x/2x multimode charge pump for driving multiple high current LEDs in cellular phone camera applications. Utilizing constant-frequency operation for low noise, it can drive up to 4 LED current sources at up to 600mA total output current, all from a compact 3mm x 3mm QFN package. Shutdown mode and current output levels are selected via two logic input pins. The LTC3217's voltage range of 2.9V to 4.5V is optimized for single cell Li-Ion inputs. Efficiencies when driven from a Li-Ion battery (3.6V nominal) reach 92%, maximizing battery run-time. It only requires four small capacitors and two resistors to create a tiny, low profile (2, 0.75mm high) solution footprint.

    The LTC3217 charge pump automatically optimizes efficiency based on VIN and LED forward voltage conditions. The device powers up in 1x mode and automatically switches to boost mode (1.5x) when any enabled LED current source approaches dropout; a subsequent dropout switches the part into 2x mode. High and low LED current levels are programmed via resistors. Brightness is controlled by selecting each or both current set resistors via the enable inputs. Brightness can also be controlled by pulse width modulation of the EN2 pin. Internal circuitry prevents inrush current and excessive input noise during start-up and mode switching; in addition the device has open/short LED protection.

    The LTC3217EUD is available from stock in a 16-lead QFN (3mm x 3mm) package. Pricing starts at $1.70 each for 1,000-piece quantities.




    Summary of Features: LTC3217
    •  Up to 92% Efficiency without Inductors
    •  Multimode, Automatic Switching 1x/1.5x/2x Charge Pump for Optimal Efficiency
    •  Up to 600mA Total Output Current

    4 Low-Dropout Current Sources Available as High Current Camera LED Drivers

    •  PWM Brightness Control via the EN2 Pin

    Low Noise, Constant Frequency Operation

    •  Internal Soft-Start Limits Inrush Current During Start-Up and Mode Switching
    •  Open/Short LED Protection
    •  2.9V to 4.5V Input Voltage Range
    •  3mm x 3mm x 0.75mm QFN-16 Package

    Photo Caption: 500mA Low Noise Multi-LED Camera Charge Pump

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