36V, 4A Synchronous Step-Down LED Driver with Silent Switcher

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  • ±1.5% LED Current Regulation
  • ±1.2% Output Voltage Regulation
  • Spread-Spectrum Frequency Modulation
  • Silent Switcher® Architecture for Low EMI
  • 3.6V to 36V Input Voltage Range
  • 0V to 36V LED String Voltage
  • 200kHz to 2MHz with SYNC Function
  • 20:1 Analog or Duty Cycle LED Current Control
  • Open/Short LED Fault Indication
  • Accurate LED Current Sense with Monitor Output
  • Programmable UVLO
  • Thermally Enhanced 28-Lead (5mm × 4mm) LQFN
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The LT3935 is a monolithic, synchronous, step-down DC/DC converter that utilizes fixed-frequency, peak current control and provides PWM dimming for a string of LEDs. The LED current is programmed by an analog voltage or the duty cycle of pulses at the CTRL pin. An output voltage limit can be set with a resistor divider to the FB pin.

The switching frequency is programmable from 200kHz to 2MHz by an external resistor at the RT pin or by an external clock at the SYNC/SPRD pin. With the optional spread spectrum frequency modulation enabled, the frequency varies from 100% to 125% to reduce EMI.

Additional features include an LED current monitor, an accurate EN/UVLO pin threshold, open-drain fault reporting for open-circuit and short-circuit load conditions, and thermal shutdown. The LT3935 utilizes proprietary Silent Switcher technology for very low EMI.


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LT3935 Demo Board | 36V, 4A Synchronous Buck LED Driver with Silent Switcher



LT3935 Demo Board | 36V, 4A Synchronous Buck LED Driver with Silent Switcher

LT3935 Demo Board | 36V, 4A Synchronous Buck LED Driver with Silent Switcher

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Demonstration circuit 2987A is a 36V, 4A synchronous 2MHz buck LED driver featuring the LT3935. This demonstration circuit powers one or two LEDs at 4A. DC2987A runs from an input voltage of 8V to 36V as built and can run down to 3.6VIN if UVLO is adjusted. It runs at 2MHz switching frequency. With Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation (SSFM) turned on, it runs from 2MHz to 2.5MHz. An optional low-side NMOS PWM dimming MOSFET can be used for a high PWM dimming ratio. DC2987A features undervoltage lockout (UVLO) set at 7V with 0.7V hysteresis for turn-on. This Silent Switcher® demo circuit features low emissions.

The LT3935 has an input voltage range from 3.6V to 36V. It has internal, synchronous 5.8A, 40V switches for high power, and high efficiency with a single IC. It has an adjustable switching frequency between 200kHz and 2MHz. It can be synchronized (SYNC) to an external source or run with SSFM for low EMI.

The LT3935 can be PWM dimmed for accurate brightness control. An optional low-side MOSFET can be driven from the PWM input source for high and accurate dimming ratio. However, LED– can be connected directly to GND for the least components. In this arrangement, PWM dimming has less range. Analog dimming is accomplished by driving the CTRL pin with a voltage below 1.5V to lower the LED sense voltage.

Small ceramic input and output capacitors save space and cost. The open LED overvoltage protection uses the IC’s constant-voltage regulation loop to regulate the output to approximately 9V if the LED string is opened. Then a fault flag is asserted. The output current can be monitored through the ISMON output pin.

The UVLO voltage, LED current, output voltage range, switching frequency, brightness control, and SSFM can all be adjusted with simple modifications to the demo circuit. The LT3935 data sheet gives a complete description of the device, operation and applications information. The data sheet must be read in conjunction with this demo manual for DC2987A. The LT3935JV is assembled in a 28-lead 5mm × 4mm LQFN package with a thermally enhanced GND.

Tools & Simulations

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LTspice® is a powerful, fast and free simulation software, schematic capture and waveform viewer with enhancements and models for improving the simulation of analog circuits.

To launch ready-to-run LTspice demonstration circuits for this part:

Step 1: Download and install LTspice on your computer.

Step 2: Click on the link in the section below to download a demonstration circuit.

Step 3: If LTspice does not automatically open after clicking the link below, you can instead run the simulation by right clicking on the link and selecting “Save Target As.” After saving the file to your computer, start LTspice and open the demonstration circuit by selecting ‘Open’ from the ‘File’ menu.

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