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Step-up DC/DC converter drives up to 40 white LEDs

Milpitas, Calif.—Linear Technology announces the LT3599, a 45V, 2.1MHz DC/DC boost mode converter designed to operate as a constant current LED driver for up to 40 white LEDs.

From a 12V input, the LT3599 can drive up to four strings of LEDs, each with up to ten 120mA white LEDs in series while delivering efficiencies up to 90%. Its multi-channel capability makes it ideal for medium-sized TFT-LCD backlighting applications. The LT3599's input voltage range of 3.1V to 30V is well-suited for automotive, medical and industrial applications.

The device offers 1.5% LED current matching to ensure uniform brightness of the display. Dimming ratios as high as 3,000:1 can be attained by using True Color PWM dimming. A programmable 200kHz to 2.1MHz fixed frequency operation and current mode architecture offers stable operation over a wide range of supply and output voltages while minimizing the size of the external components. Additionally, the switching frequency is synchronizable to an external clock for improved noise immunity. The LT3599's thermally enhanced 5mm x 5mm QFN or TSSOP-28E package provides a highly compact solution footprint for LED backlighting applications.

The LT3599EUH is available in a 32-lead 5mm x 5mm QFN package and the LT3599EFE is offered in a TSSOP-28E. 1,000-piece pricing starts at $3.25 each and $3.35 each, respectively. Industrial grade versions, the LT3599IUF and LT3599IFE, are tested and guaranteed to operate to the -40°C to 125°C operating junction temperature and are priced at $3.82 each and $3.94 each, respectively, in 1,000-piece quantities. All versions are available from stock.

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Linear Technology www.linear.com

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