Features and Benefits
- Power and Current Control for Driving RGB LEDs
- Individually Programmable Current Sources
- 1x or 2x Mode, Low Noise, Constant Frequency Charge Pump
- Single Wire Enable Control for All LEDs
- White Mode Adjusts R, G, B Currents for White Light
- 25mA Maximum LED Current
- VIN Range: 2.7V to 5.5V
- Automatic Soft-Start, Mode Switching and Output Disconnect in Shutdown Mode
- Available in 12-Lead (3mm × 2mm) DFN Package
The LTC3212 is a low noise charge pump RGB LED driver capable of driving three LEDs up to 25mA each from a 2.7V to 5.5V input. Low external part count (one flying capacitor, two bypass capacitors and one to three programming resistors) makes the LTC3212 ideally suited for small, battery-powered applications.
Built-in soft-start circuitry prevents excessive inrush current during start-up and mode switching. High switching frequency enables the use of small external capacitors. The charge pump shuts down to a high impedance mode to prevent LED leakage while the LTC3212 is off.
Each LED may be individually turned on or off via a single pin interface. The current through the LEDs may be individually programmed with resistors or may share a single programming resistor. White mode adjusts the red, green and blue LED current ratios for a white light when all three LEDs are programmed to be on.
LED currents are regulated using internal low dropout current sources. Automatic mode switching optimizes efﬁ ciency by monitoring the LED current drivers and switches mode only when dropout is detected. The part is available in a 3mm × 2mm 12-lead DFN package.
- Cellular Phones
- Media Players
- RGB Back Lights
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Evaluation Kits (1)
Demonstration circuit 1187 is an RGB LED Driver and Charge Pump featuring the LTC3212. The LTC3212 is a low noise boost charge pump capable of driving three LEDs at up to 25mA each. The charge pump operates in either 1x or 2x mode, with automatic mode switching. Individual current sources allow each LED to be turned on individually, in combination with the other LEDs, or in white mode using a single wire interface. The demo board input voltage range is 2.7V to 5.5V. White mode optimizes the red, green, and blue current settings to provide the best white color. LED currents are regulated using internal low dropout current sources. Automatic mode switching optimizes efficiency by switching modes only when a dropout is detected.
Documentation & Resources
R415 Reliability Data3/23/2018
DC1187A - Demo Manual9/24/2009
Entire RGB LED Driver Fits in Miniscule 3mm × 2mm Package1/1/2008 LT Journal
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