Internal-Switch Boost Regulator with Integrated 7-Channel Driver, VCOM Calibrator, Op Amp, and LDO

Single-Chip Power IC with Integrated Level Shifters and Programmable VCOM for Notebook LCD Applications

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The MAX17094 includes a high-performance step-up regulator, a 250mA low-dropout (LDO) linear regulator, a high-speed operational amplifier, a digitally adjustable VCOM calibration device with nonvolatile memory and I²C interface, and seven integrated high-voltage level shifters. The device is optimized for thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal display (LCD) applications.

The step-up DC-DC converter is a current-mode regulator that provides the regulated supply voltage for panel source driver ICs. The current-mode architecture provides fast-transient responses to pulsed loads typical of source driver loads. The high switching frequency, which is programmable to any frequency between 450kHz to 1.2MHz with a single resistor, allows the use of ultra-small inductors and ceramic capacitors. The step-up regulator’s soft-start time is controlled by an internal 10ms digital timer that requires no external components; or if desired, the soft-start time can be adjusted by adding a single external capacitor.

The low-voltage LDO linear regulator can provide at least 250mA. The output voltage is accurate within ±2%.

The high-voltage, level-shifting scan driver is designed to work with panels that incorporate row drivers on the panel glass. Its seven outputs swing from +30V to -10V and can swiftly drive capacitive loads.

The high-performance op amp is designed to drive the LCD backplane and features 20MHz bandwidth, 45V/µs slew rate, and 150mA output currents.

The programmable VCOM calibrator is externally attached to the VCOM amplifier’s resistive voltage-divider and sinks a programmable current to adjust the VCOM voltage level. An internal 7-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) controls the sink current. The DAC is ratiometric relative to AVDD and is guaranteed monotonic over all operating conditions. The calibrator includes a nonvolatile memory device (IVR) to store the desired VCOM voltage level. The 2-wire I²C interface simplifies production equipment.

The MAX17094 is available in a 48-pin, 6mm x 6mm TQFN package with a maximum thickness of 0.8mm for thin LCD panels.

MAX17094: Typical Operating Circuit MAX17094: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 1.8V to 5.5V IN Supply Voltage Range
  • 450kHz to 1.2MHz Adjustable Frequency Current-Mode Step-Up Regulator
    • Fast-Transient Response
    • Integrated 14V, 2.5A, 150mΩ MOSFET
    • High Efficiency (> 85%)
  • Low-Dropout Linear Regulator
    • High-Accuracy Output Voltage (2.0%)
    • Internal Digital Soft-Start
  • High-Performance Operational Amplifier
    • 200mA Output Short-Circuit Current
    • 45V/µs Slew Rate
    • 20MHz, -3dB Bandwidth
    • Rail-to-Rail Inputs and Outputs
  • High-Voltage Drivers
    • +30V to -10V Outputs
  • I²C Programmable VCOM Calibrator
    • 7-Bit Adjustable Current-Sink Output
    • Nonvolatile IVR Memory
  • Thermal-Overload Protection


  • Notebook Computer Displays
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