Maxim Integrated’s automotive backlight driver with integrated boost converter

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc introduces the four-channel, low-voltage MAX25512 automotive LED backlight driver with integrated boost converter. It is the only integrated solution that retains full, constant brightness of in-car displays even during extreme cold crank conditions down to 3V input voltage.

The single chip LED driver eliminates an external MOSFET and current sense resistor and integrates I²C communication to lower bill of material cost and reduce board space by 30%. The highly integrated LED driver includes four 120mA channels with the industry’s highest efficiency at 2.2MHz operation.

Today’s automotive start-stop systems increase fuel economy, but they can challenge the power delivery system to maintain the same level of display brightness during re-start. For example, features like display illumination upon entry can be affected by cold crank situations, with the engine drawing down the car battery enough to cause the display to turn off and back on.

Maxim Integrated’s MAX25512 LED backlight driver operates down to 3V after startup without the addition of a pre-boost converter, protecting the display from these power disruptions.

Key advantages

  • Lowest cold crank and start-stop voltage: The MAX25512’s low, 3V input voltage and high, 91% efficiency at 2.2MHz operation drives full, constant brightness of in-car displays during the most demanding cold crank/start-stop conditions. Diagnostic functions such as SHORT to GND on each current sink alerts the microcontroller and individual channel pulse width modulation (PWM) settings through the I²C interface to ensure a safer and higher quality display.
  • Highest integration: The MAX25512 integrates a boost converter and current sense resistor and eliminates the external MOSFET typically required to drive automotive displays. Additional integration includes an I²C communication interface to display settings and diagnostics and a hybrid dimming function to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) and improve the dimming ratio.
  • Smallest solution: Offered in a small 24-pin, 4mm x 4mm x 0.75mm quad flat no-lead (QFN) package, the MAX25512’s high integration shrinks solution size by 30% through elimination of external components.

“Over the next five years, the number of displays in automobiles is expected to grow to accommodate new and existing vehicle functions with the size and resolution of these displays increasing as well,” says, Sang Oh, senior research analyst at Omdia. “Powering these displays consistently to maintain full, constant brightness while doing so as efficiently as possible, is critical to automakers today.”

“Car manufacturers are demanding LED drivers with higher integration to reduce solution cost and PCB area,” says, Szu-Kang Hsien, director of business management for the Automotive Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. “Maxim Integrated’s MAX25512 LED driver provides the highest level of integration and efficiency at 2.2MHz switching frequency.”

Availability and pricing

The MAX25512 backlight LED driver and associated MAX25512EVKIT# evaluation kit are available now from Maxim Integrated and authorised distributors; pricing available upon request.

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