AnalogicTech’s I2C-based LED Driver IC Offers Total Handset Lighting Solution
Date Announced: 24 Jun 2008
Highly Integrated Chip Combines Seven LED/Flash Drivers with 3 LDOs
Santa Clara, CA – June 24, 2008 – Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. (AnalogicTech) (Nasdaq: AATI), a developer of power management semiconductors for mobile consumer electronic devices, announced today the AAT2860, a new I2C-based Lighting Management Unit (LMU) that integrates up to seven LED drivers and three Low Dropout (LDO) linear regulators in a single IC. By offering these power functions in a variety of configurations, the new IC offers designers a single compact lighting solution for a wide variety of high performance camera phones.
“Most smart phones today require some combination of backlight LED drivers for a main display, sometimes additional LED drivers for a smaller sub-display, one or more flash LED drivers, and LDOs to power the embedded camera,” said Phil Dewsbury, product line director at AnalogicTech. “By rolling all these functions in various configurations into a single IC, the AAT2860 allows designers to minimize component count, board space and cost whether they are building a high end PDA-type phone with a single large display or a traditional clamshell design with two displays.”
Optimized for single-cell Lithium-ion/polymer systems, the AAT2860 operates across a 2.7V to 5.5V input voltage range. A tri-mode charge pump drives up to seven LEDs in multiple backlight and flash configurations.
The new LMU is initially available in two basic configurations. The AAT2860-1 is configured into either 7 LED drivers for a main display or 4 for a main display and three for a sub-display. The AAT2860-2 offers six LED drivers for a main display and one flash driver or four for a main display, two for a sub display and one flash driver. Other configurations are available upon request.
The current level for each LED is enabled, disabled and set via an I2C compatible serial interface. Backlight LEDs can be programmed across 32 discrete levels from 0.5 mA to 31 mA. To ensure uniform display brightness, current matching is better than 3 percent.
Flash LEDs are programmable across 16 levels up to 300 mA. Current matching for the flash LEDs is better than 5 percent. To protect the flash LEDs from thermal damage, the AAT2860 also includes a programmable safety timer, which will automatically terminate the flash pulse in the event of a software failure.
The AAT2860 also features three low-noise, low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators. Each LDO can deliver up to 300 mA load current with 150 mV dropout. Ground pin current is 80 µA. Each output is programmable via I2C from 1.5 to 3.0-V.
The AAT2860 also features automatic soft start and integrated thermal protection.
Price and Availability
Qualified across the -40 C to +85º C temperature range, the AAT2860 is available in a Pb-free, 24-pin TQFN34 package. The device sells for $2.08 in 1K quantities.
Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc. (AnalogicTech) is a supplier of Total Power Management™ semiconductor solutions for mobile consumer electronic devices, such as wireless handsets, notebook and tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, wireless LAN, and personal media players. The company focuses its design and marketing efforts on the application-specific power management needs of consumer, communications, and computing applications in these rapidly evolving devices. AnalogicTech also develops and licenses device, process, package, and application-related technology. AnalogicTech is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and Macau, S.A.R., with offices in China (Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen), Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, France and United Kingdom, as well as a worldwide network of sales representatives and distributors. The company is listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker symbol AATI. For more information, please visit the AnalogicTech website: www.analogictech.com. (AnalogicTech - G)
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