Features and Benefits

  • Wide Input Range: 6V to 76V with Cold-Start Operation to 5.5V
  • Integrated Differential LED Current-Sense Amplifier
  • Floating Dimming Driver Capable of Driving an n-Channel MOSFET
  • 5% LED Current Accuracy
  • 200Hz On-Board Ramp Syncs to External PWM Dimming Signal
  • Programmable Switching Frequency (125kHz to 600kHz) and Synchronization
  • Output Overvoltage Load Dump, LED Short, Overtemperature Protection
  • Low 107mV LED Current Sense for High Efficiency
  • Enable/Shutdown Input with Shutdown Current Below 45µA

Product Details

The MAX16831 is a current-mode, high-brightness LED (HB LED) driver designed to control two external n-channel MOSFETs for the single-string LED current regulation. The MAX16831 integrates all the building blocks necessary to implement fixed-frequency HB LED drivers with wide-range dimming control. The MAX16831 is configurable to operate as a step-down (buck), step-up (boost), or step-up/-down (buck-boost) current regulator.

Current-mode control with leading-edge blanking simplifies control-loop design. Internal slope compensation stabilizes the current loop when operating at duty cycles above 50%. The MAX16831 operates over a wide input voltage range and is capable of withstanding automotive load-dump events. Multiple MAX16831s can be synchronized to each other or to an external clock. The MAX16831 includes a floating dimming driver for brightness control with an external n-channel MOSFET in series with the LED string.

HB LED drivers using the MAX16831 achieve efficiencies of over 90% in automotive applications. The MAX16831 also includes a 1.4A source and 2.5A sink gate driver for driving switching MOSFETs in high-power LED driver applications, such as front light assemblies. The dimming control allows for wide PWM dimming at frequencies up to 2kHz. Higher dimming ratios of up to 1000:1 are achievable at lower dimming frequencies.

The MAX16831 is available in a 32-pin thin QFN package with exposed pad and operates over the -40°C to +125°C automotive temperature range.


  • Automotive Exterior Lighting:
  •   Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  •   Fog Light and Adaptive Front Light Assemblies
  •   High-Beam/Low-Beam/Signal Lights
  •   Rear Combination Lights (RCL)
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Industrial and Architectural Lighting
  • Navigation and Marine Indicators
  • Projectors with RGB LED Light Sources

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