60-V step-down DC/DC converter drives three independent strings of 100-mA LEDs

60-V step-down DC/DC converter drives three independent strings of 100-mA LEDs

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The design offers maximum efficiency for applications, such as RGB displays, which require different output voltages for each LED string. From a 48 V input, the LT3597 can drive up to three strings of LEDs, each with up to ten 100mA LEDs in series, delivering efficiencies of over 90%.        

The LT3597’s multichannel capability makes it ideal for backlighting LED billboards as well as industrial, automotive and medical displays. Similarly, its input voltage   range of 6 V to 60 V makes it well suited for industrial, automotive and medical applications. Each LED string can be independently programmed to deliver up to 100mA of LED current with ± 2% current matching between   

strings. Furthermore, each channel can be independently dimmed with True Color PWM dimming, offering dimming ratios as high as 10,000:1. A programmable 200 kHz to 1 MHz fixed frequency operation and current-mode architecture ensures stable operation over a wide range of supply and output voltages, minimizing the size of external components. Additionally, the switching frequency is synchronizable to an external clock. The LT3597’s thermally enhanced 5 mm x 8 mm QFN package provides a highly compact solution footprint for LED lighting applications.       

The LT3597 uses three independent 400 mA, 60 V internal switches to provide step-down constant current sources.   

The internal buck converters use an adaptive feedback loop to regulate the output voltage slightly higher than the required LED voltage to ensure maximum efficiency. If any of the LED strings experience an open or short-circuit, the LT3597 will continue to regulate the other strings and signal the FAULT pin. Additional features include LED current derating based on junction temperature and/or LED temperature and LED disconnect in shutdown.       

Availability and Pricing       

The LT3597EUHG is available in a 39-lead 5mm x 8mm QFN package. Pricing starts at $3.95 each in 1,000-piece quantities. An industrial grade version, the LT3597IUHG is tested and guaranteed   to operate from a -40 to 125°C operating junction temperature and is priced at $4.54 each in 1,000-piece quantities. All versions are available from stock.   

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