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Diodes touts dimmable buck LED driver

Posted: 11 Jun 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Diodes  LED driver  lighting 

Diodes Inc. has announced a dimmable buck LED driver promising a decrease in component count and PCB size in 12V and 24V LED lighting systems and MR16-type LED lamps. According to the company, the AL8807B is a hysteretic driver with an integrated power switch and operates at a switching frequency of 1MHz. The output current is set using a single external sense resistor, noted Diodes.

Dimming is achieved by applying a fast digital PWM signal to the driver's control input. A low voltage, applied to the same input, turns the output power switch off. Lamp reliability is ensured by the driver's built-in over-temperature, LED open-circuit and short-circuit protection features.


By packaging the driver in a small footprint, low thermal-resistance MSOP-8EP package, a higher power density is achieved, maximising the permissible LED current over a wider ambient temperature range. The AL8807B delivers an LED drive current up to 1.3A and operates between -40°C to 125°C with an efficiency of 96 per cent.

From voltage sources between 6V and 36V, the driver will produce a constant current for a chain of high brightness LEDs. Average LED current accuracy is better than five per cent, helping to improve channel-to-channel matching and meeting the requirements of most medium voltage LED lighting products.

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