Features and Benefits
- Up to 36V of LEDs, 2-String × 60mA LED Driver
- Wide Input Range: 2.9V to 40V
- Up to 40,000:1 PWM Dimming (250ns LED On-Time) (Independent of Leakage at VOUT)
- ±2% LED Current Matching (Typ ±0.3%)
- Integrated Schottky Diode
- Internal 400mΩ, 40V, 1A Switch
- Single Resistor Sets LED Current (10mA to 60mA) for Both High-Side Current Sources
- Output Adapts to LED VF for Optimum Efficiency
- LED Current Regulated Even for VIN > VOUT
- Fault Flag + Protection for Open-LED and LED-Short-to- GND (Other String Remains in Regulation)
- Programmable Maximum VOUT (Regulated)
- Internal Compensation, Soft-Start and Thermal Regulation
- Accurate EN/UVLO Threshold
- Fixed 2MHz Switching Frequency
The LT3909 is a 2-string × 60mA LED driver with a fixed 2MHz step-up DC/DC converter capable of driving up to 36V of LEDs. Each LED string contains an accurate high-side current source with ±2% current matching. Output voltage adapts to variations in LED VF for optimum efficiency.
Maximum LED current can be programmed from 10mA to 60mA per string using a single resistor. LED brightness can be reduced with analog dimming (up to 10:1) or with PWM dimming (up to 40,000:1 at 100Hz, up to 160:1 at 25kHz) (independent of leakage at VOUT). The LED pins can be paralleled for higher LED current.
Additional features include: programmable maximum VOUT for open LED protection, a fault flag to indicate open-LED or LED-short-to-GND and an internal regulation loop to safely limit junction temperature. The LT3909 also includes internal compensation, internal soft-start and micropower shutdown. The LT3909 is available in the 12-pin (3mm × 3mm) DFN and 12-pin MSOP packages.
- PDAs, Handheld Computers
- GPS Receivers
- Automotive Displays
- High Contrast Instrument Clusters
Product Lifecycle Production
At least one model within this product family is in production and available for purchase. The product is appropriate for new designs but newer alternatives may exist.
Evaluation Kits (1)
Demonstration circuit 2176A features the LT3909, a 2-string × 50mA, 2MHz step-up LED driver with ±1.8% current matching. The LT3909 precisely regulates two LED strings for equal current, supports LED dimming that reduces brightness down to a 1/40,000 ratio, protects against faults and also reports faults. The LT3909 consists of a step-up converter with a fixed 2MHz switching frequency and current sources for the LED strings.
The maximum current in each LED string is 40mA. The ISET resistor can be changed to 20.0kΩ to program the string current to 50mA – see the data sheet for an application example with 50mA string current. Voltage feedback resistors optimize operation for LEDs that are 35V maximum.
Tools & Simulations
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LT3909 Companion Parts
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