High-brightness LED drivers are integrated circuits that are optimized to efficiently drive strings of high-brightness LEDs. Maxim's continually expanding portfolio includes products covering the full range of efficient switch-mode topologies (step-down, step-up, SEPIC) as well as some linear LED drivers.

General Lighting

Maxim offers a broad range of LED drivers that can be used for general-purpose, low-voltage arch...

Automotive Lighting

High-brightness LEDs are now commonly used for automotive applications ranging from headlights t...

Display Backlighting

LED drivers for backlighting applications are specialized circuits designed to drive one or more...


Designed to provide high currents at a high efficiency, these products are perfect for projectio...

Camera Flash

Designed to provide momentary high-current flow from battery voltage levels, these products are ...

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Reference Designs

MAXREFDES1275: 1A,3-Channel LED Driver in Buck Configuration using MAX20050 and its dimming control using MAX32630FTHR

The MAX20050 is a high-brightness LED driver for automotive exterior lighting applications.

Supply-Chopped Dimming Control Boosts LED Driver Efficiency and Keeps Inrush Currents to a Minimum

LED driver reference design drives a single LED string with forward voltages up to 60V and allow...

Designing a Buck-Boost LED Driver Using the MAX16834

The MAX16834 current-mode high-brightness LED driver is featured, and the MAX16834 EV (evaluatio...

Boost Backlight LED Driver

A LED display backlight driver using a boost switching power supply and linear current sinks for...

Reference Design for a Signal-Lamp LED Driver

A linear LED driver for 6 strings of 4 LEDs at a current of 350mA per string. Uses the MAX16836.

SEPIC Backlight LED Driver

A design for an LED backlight consisting of 8 strings of 8 LEDs driven at 70mA per string.

Offline LED Driver Reference Design

An 27 LED driver intended to run directly off a 400VDC input.

Reference Design for a 3S3P Rear Combination Lamp (RCL) LED Driver

An LED driver for a Rear Combination Lamp (RCL) using the MAX16823 and external BJTs.

MR-16 LED Driver with a 5V Auxiliary Output to Power a Pulsating LED Cooler

Reference design consisting of a white LED driver for an MR-16 LED light combined with a 5V powe...

Replace Inefficient MR16 Halogen Lamps with LEDs

Using a driver circuit based on a specialized buck controller, a white LED with integrated heats...

Design of a Nonisolated, Flyback LED Driver Circuit

Flyback LED drivers are versatile because they can be used for applications that have input volt...

Driving LEDs in Battery-Operated Applications: Controlling Brightness Power Efficiently

Describes how LEDs work and how to drive them in Li+/Li-Ion/NiCd/NiMH handheld devices efficient...