MAX6969

16-Port, 5.5V Constant-Current LED Driver


Description

The MAX6969 serial-interfaced LED driver provides 16 open-drain, constant-current-sinking LED driver outputs rated at 5.5V. The MAX6969 operates from a 3V to 5.5V supply. The MAX6969 supply and the LEDs' supply or supplies can power up in any order. The constant-current outputs are programmed together to up to 55mA using a single external resistor. The MAX6969 operates with a 25Mb, industry-standard, 4-wire serial interface.

The MAX6969 uses the industry-standard, shift-register-plus-latch-type serial interface. The driver accepts data shifted into a 16-bit shift register using data input DIN and clock input CLK. Input data appears at the DOUT output 16 clock cycles later to allow cascading of multiple MAX6969s. The latch-enable input, LE, loads the 16 bits of shift register data into a 16-bit output latch to set which LEDs are on and which are off. The output-enable, active-low OE, gates all 16 outputs on and off, and is fast enough to be used as a PWM input for LED intensity control.

For applications requiring LED fault detection, refer to the MAX6984*, which automatically detects open-circuit LEDs.

For safety-related applications requiring a watchdog timer, refer to the MAX6979, which includes a fail-safe feature that blanks the display if the serial interface becomes inactive for more than 1s.

The MAX6969 is one of a family of 12 shift-register-plus-latch-type LED drivers. The family includes 8-port and 16-port types, with 5.5V- or 36V-rated LED outputs, with and without open-circuit LED detection and watchdog. All versions operate from a 3V to 5.5V supply, and are specified over the -40°C to +125°C temperature range.
MAX6969: Typical Operating Circuit MAX6969: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 25Mb, Industry-Standard, 4-Wire Serial Interface at 5V
  • 3V to 5.5V Logic Supply
  • 16 Constant-Current LED Outputs Rated at 5.5V
  • Up to 55mA Continuous Current per Output
  • Output Current Programmed by Single Resistor
  • 3% Current Matching Between Outputs
  • 6% Current Matching Between ICs
  • High-Dissipation, 24-Pin Packages
  • -40°C to +125°C Temperature Range

Applications/Uses

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Gaming Features
  • Marquee Displays
  • Point-of-Order Signs
  • Traffic Signs
  • Variable Message Signs
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MAX6969  LED 16-Segment Any digit type Common Anode Serial 4-Wire 25Mbit No 3 5.5 $1.82 @1k
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MAX6969EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX6969

Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: MAX6969.pdf 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

Tools & Models

Software
MAX6969 EVKIT Software

 

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