Archive for the ‘LED related’ Category

What are the Different Types of LED’s available

This article is a guide for any one who is interested in knowing about the different types of LED’s available in the market. This can be considered as a general informational guide on LED and a buying guide for hobbyists as well.  One important challenge I faced while writing this guide was to incorporate consumer LED’s and professional/hobbyist LED’s into a single article. Let your comments say if I have been successful in this attempt. Over the years semiconductor technology has advanced to bigger heights. The result is what we see around us in the form of smart gadgets. LED…

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LED driver IC

MP3302 MP3302 is a boost converter IC specifically designed for LED drive applications. The MP3302 can drive 27 LEDs (9 strings of 3 white LEDs in series) from a Lithium ion battery. The IC has internal power MOSFETs for driving the LEDs and has an efficiency of 88%. Switching frequency is 1.3MHz and the internal current limit is 1.33A. Other features of the MP3302 are open load shut down, thermal shut down, under voltage lock out etc. Applications of Mp3302 are LED back lights, LED based lighting gadgets etc.  Functional block diagram of the MP3302 is shown below (Fig1). The…

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LED driver circuit

CAT3603. CAT3603 is a three channel charge pump LED driver IC from Catalyst Semiconductors that can be operated in either LDO mode or fractional mode. The IC can deliver 30mA per channel and can be operated from an input voltage range of 3 to 5.5V DC. CAT3063 has a quiescent current as low as 0.1uA and this makes it suitable for battery powered applications. The operating frequency is 1Mhz  which makes it possible to use small capacitors. Another features are soft start, current limiting, high efficiency (90%)  and short circuit protection. Applications of this IC are hand held devices, LCD…

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