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Lighting mgt unit shortens handset design time

Posted: 17 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lighting management  LDO  LED  backlight control 


AnalogicTech has introduced a lighting management unit (LMU) that provides the level of versatility designers require to build complex products in short design cycles.

The AAT2862 drives up to eight LEDs and integrates four low-dropout (LDOs) linear regulators. Optimised for single-cell Lithium-ion/polymer powered systems, the AAT2862's unique capabilities are ideal for I2C-based high performance smart phones and other mobile devices that require the integration of two camera modules. The LMU also adds an automatic fade-in/fade-out backlight control that simplifies design and reduces processor overhead.

Operating from a 2.7V to 5.5V input voltage, the AAT2862 drives up to eight backlight LEDs at up to 30mA each. To ensure constant current over the entire battery range, the LEDs are driven from a tri-mode charge pump that automatically switches between 1x, 1.5x and 2x modes to maximise operating efficiency. The charge pump's high 1MHz operating frequency permits the use of small 1uF ceramic capacitors.

The eight LED outputs are programmable from 500uA up to 30mA. Two LED outputs can be programmed up to 60mA each. Current can be set to any of 32 separate levels via an industry-standard I2C interface. To ensure uniform display brightness, current matching is better than 3%. To balance power dissipation, high current matching exceeds 5%.

The LMU features three programmable automatic fade-in/fade-out times for backlight control. By implementing this function in hardware instead of software, processor overhead is reduced.

The AAT2862 also features four high performance low noise LDOs. The output of each LDO is programmable via the I2C serial interface to any of 16 voltages between 1.2V and 3.3V. Each regulator can supply up to 200mA load current. To support battery-operated applications, ground-pin current is limited to 80uA.

To ensure device integrity, the AAT2862 also features automatic soft start and built-in thermal protection. The AAT2862 is qualified across the -40 to 85°C temperature range. It is available in a PB-free, 24-pin TQFN34 package.

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