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World’s smallest advanced lighting management unit targets handheld devices

SANTA CLARA, C.A.—National Semiconductor Corporation introduced the world's smallest backlight light emitting diode (LED) driver that controls lighting applications in handheld devices, including cellular phones, digital still cameras, gaming devices and MP3 players.

Housed in a micro SMD package, the LP3954 advanced lighting management unit integrates two backlight drivers, a dual red-green-blue (RGB) LED controller, a Flash LED driver and an analog-to-digital converter (A/D converter) on a single chip. The integrated, magnetic boost DC-DC converter efficiently drives high current loads over a wide battery voltage range.


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The LP3954 is a lighting management unit that drives two separately controlled white LED backlights for the main and sub-display. In the case of a single large display, these units can be combined together to drive up to six LEDs.

The enhanced, stand-alone, command-based RGB controller allows more flexible control of color or RGB LEDs and is easy to configure. The high-current camera Flash LED driver has a programmable safety timer and features both a torch and a flash mode. The Flash LED timing is triggered by an external signal, a key feature for cell phone cameras. An internal A/D converter enables either high resolution ambient light/temperature sensing or a built-in, multi-mode audio synchronization feature that drives color LEDs based on an audio input from an MP3, for example. The flexible SPI/I2C compatible interface allows easy control of the LP3954.

The LP3954 is housed in a tiny, 36-bump micro SMD lead-free package that measures 3 mm by 3 mm by 0.6 mm.

The LP3954 is priced at $2.10 each in 1,000-piece quantities. It is available now. Click here for the data sheet.

National Semiconductor Corporation, +1 800-272-9959, www.power.national.com .

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