Integrated High-Voltage LED Driver with Analog and PWM Dimming Control

Flexible, High-Voltage Switcher Simplifies Wide Range of Linear or PWM HB LED Driver Dimming
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The MAX16812 is a peak-current-mode LED driver with an integrated 0.2Ω power MOSFET designed to control the current in a single string of high-brightness LEDs (HB LEDs). The MAX16812 can be used in multiple converter topologies such as buck, boost, or buck-boost. The MAX16812 operates over a 5.5V to 76V wide supply voltage range.

The MAX16812 features a low-frequency, wide-range brightness adjustment (100:1), analog and PWM dimming control input, as well as a resistor-programmable EMI suppression circuitry to control the rise and fall times of the internal switching MOSFET. A high-side LED current-sense amplifier and a dimming MOSFET driver are also included, simplifying the design and reducing the total component count.

The MAX16812 uses peak-current-mode control, adjustable slope compensation that allows for additional design flexibility. The device has two current regulation loops. The first loop controls the internal switching MOSFET peak current, while the second current regulation loop controls the LED current. Switching frequency can be adjusted from 125kHz to 500kHz.

Additional features include adjustable UVLO, soft-start, external enable/disable input, thermal shutdown, a 1.238V 1% accurate buffered reference, and an on-chip oscillator. An internal 5.2V linear regulator supplies up to 20mA to power external devices.

The MAX16812 is available in a thermally enhanced 5mm x 5mm, 28-pin TQFN-EP package and is specified over the automotive -40°C to +125°C temperature range.

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Key Features

  • Integrated 76V, 0.2Ω (typ) Power MOSFET
  • 5.5V to 76V Wide Input Range
  • Adjustable LED Current with 5% Accuracy
  • Floating Differential LED Current-Sense Amplifier
  • Floating Dimming N-Channel MOSFET Driver
  • PWM LED Dimming with:
    • PWM Control Signal
    • Analog Control Signal
    • Chopped VIN Input
  • Peak-Current-Mode Control
  • 125kHz to 500kHz Adjustable Switching Frequency
  • Adjustable UVLO and Soft-Start
  • Output Overvoltage Protection
  • 5µs LED Current Rise/Fall Times During Dimming Minimize EMI
  • Overtemperature and Short-Circuit Protection


  • Automotive Lighting:
  • DRL, Fog Lights
  • Rear Combination Lights
  • Front and Rear Signal Lights
  • Interior Lighting
  • Warning and Emergency Lighting
  • Architectural and Industrial Lighting


MAX16812: Simplified Diagram
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Document Ref.: 19-0880 Rev 0; 2007-08-27
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