Allegro MicroSystems Announces New High Power LED Driver For Medium LCD Display Backlighting

Ideal Solution for Numerous Automotive Applications

January 26, 2010

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Worcester, MA – Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. introduces a new high power LED driver with output disconnect for backlighting medium LCD displays. This new driver is a robust solution targeting numerous applications within the automotive market. Typical applications include in-dash navigation systems, automotive infotainment, and back-up camera displays. A commercial version is also available for industrial and consumer applications.

Allegro’s A8501 integrates a boost converter and four 100 mA current sinks. LED channels can be tied together for up to 400 mA sink capability. It can work from a single power supply of 8 to 21 V and withstand up to 40 V. The boost converter is a constant frequency, current-mode converter.

Operating frequency can be set up to 2 MHz in order to avoid interference with the AM radio band in automotive applications. The integrated boost DMOS switch is rated for 40 V at 3.6 A. PWM dimming allows LED currents to be controlled at up to a 1000:1 ratio. Additional 4:1 dimming can be achieved by using the DIM pin. As part of an extensive list of protection features, the A8501 provides protection against output connector shorts through an integrated output disconnect switch. It also includes adjustable overvoltage protection (OVP) and protects against open or shorted LEDs and an open OVP resistor or boost diode.

The device is supplied in a surface mount, 28-pin TSSOP package (suffix LP), with exposed thermal pad for enhanced thermal dissipation. It is available with an ambient operating temperature of either 125°C or 85°C maximum, for automotive or industrial/consumer applications. The device is lead (Pb) free, with a leadframe plating choice of 100% matte-tin (suffix T) or tin-bismuth (suffix B).



A propos d'Allegro

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC est leader dans le développement, la fabrication et le marketing de circuits intégrés de puissance ainsi que de capteurs magnétiques à effet Hall. Les solutions innovantes d'Allegro sont utilisées dans des applications à forte croissance dans les secteurs tels que l'automobile, la communication, l'ordinateur et la bureautique, les produits grand publique ainsi que dans l'industrie. Le siège social d'Allegro est à Worcester dans le Massachusetts (USA) avec des centres de design et d'application situés en Amérique du Nord et du Sud, en Asie et en Europe. De plus amples informations concernant Allegro peuvent être trouvées sur le site Allegro www.allegromicro.com.

Le siège européen d’Allegro MicroSystems Europe en charge des ventes et du marketing se situe à Chertsey en Grande Bretagne. Ce centre coordonne un réseau de représentants et de distributeurs à travers l’Europe. Allegro possède aussi des centres d’applications et marketing à Annecy en France ainsi qu’à Edimbourg en Ecosse.


Contacts Marketing:

Mary Regan
Allegro MicroSystems Europe Ltd.
Tel: 04 50 51 23 59
Email: allegroeurope@allegromicro.com
www.allegromicro.com

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