Evaluation Kit for the MAX16840

Please check latest availability status for a specific part variant.


The MAX16840L low-power (5W input) evaluation kit (EV kit) demonstrates the MAX16840 HBLED driver IC used for Solid State Lighting (SSL) applications. The EV kit is configured as a buck-boost topology for 3 to 5 LEDs with an output power of 4W. The device is designed for standard MR16 applications. The typical input power from 12V AC is 5W.

The EV kit is a fully assembled and tested surface-mount PCB designed and optimized to accommodate an MR16 application form factor. The EV kit is compatible with electronic and magnetic transformers.

SSL MR16 lamps face compatibility issues with electronic transformers at low power levels. If the current drawn from an electronic transformer is below a certain level it stops operating, which could cause visible flicker from the lamp. Due to compatibility issues with electronic transformers at low power levels, active power-factor correction (PFC) is not featured in this EV kit.

To improve its compatibility with electronic transformers at low power levels, an input electrolytic capacitor is included on this EV kit. For this reason, it is not dimmable.

Key Features

  • Input Voltages Allowed
    • 9V AC to 13.2V AC from AC Source or from Magnetic Transformers
    • 9V DC to 18V DC
    • Output of Several Electronic Transformers
  • Drives 3 to 5 Series HBLEDs
  • 46V Overvoltage Protection
  • 4W Output Power
  • Proven PCB Layout
  • Fully Assembled and Tested


  • MR16 and Other 12V AC or DC Input LED Lighting Applications

Quality and Environmental Data

Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports
Device   Fab Process   Technology   Sample size   Rejects   FIT at 25°C   FIT at 55°C  

Note : The failure rates are summarized by technology and mapped to the associated material part numbers. The failure rates are highly dependent on the number of units tested.

Quality Management System >
Environmental Management System >


Related Resources

Automotive 4-Output Display Power Solution with Watchdog

  • High Integration
  • Integrated Watchdog Timer
  • Robust and Low EMI