1.2A White LED Regulating Charge Pump for Camera Flashes and Movie Lights

Highest Current, 1.2A, Charge Pumps Enable Brightest WLED Flashes in Camera Phones, Even with Low-Battery Input Voltage

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The MAX1577Y/MAX1577Z charge pumps drive white LEDs, including camera strobes, with regulated current up to 1.2A (guaranteed to 800mA). The very low openloop output resistance allows high flash brightness, even from a low battery input voltage. The adaptive 1x/2x regulating charge-pump operation provides high efficiency (up to 92%) while in movie mode or backlighting. Fast (1MHz) switching allows the use of tiny external components.

The MAX1577Y/MAX1577Z use an external resistor to set the full-scale LED current. Two enable inputs (EN1 and EN2) provide simple on/off control and LED current of 20%, 33%, or 100% full scale. If there is less than 24mV across the external resistor, the output voltage is regulated. The MAX1577Z has fixed 5.1V output-voltage regulation, while the MAX1577Y has logic-controlled output voltage of 3.4V, 4.6V, or 5.1V for backlighting, keyboard, and RGB applications.

The MAX1577Y/MAX1577Z are available in an 8-pin, 3mm x 3mm TDFN package (0.8mm max height).
MAX1577Y, MAX1577Z: Typical Operating Circuit MAX1577Y, MAX1577Z: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Up to 1.2A Output Drive Capability (800mA Guaranteed)
  • Up to 92% PLED / PBATT Efficiency for Movie Mode
  • Flexible Brightness Control
    • Two-Bit Logic for 100%, 33%, 20%, and Off
    • PWM for 20% to 100%
  • 3% Current Regulation Over Line and Temperature
  • Current or Voltage Regulation for Flash and Backlighting (MAX1577Y)
  • Current Regulation for Flash (MAX1577Z)
  • Low Ripple and EMI
  • 2.7V to 5.5V Supply Voltage Range
  • Soft-Start Limits Inrush Current
  • Output-Voltage Regulation Mode
  • Thermal-Shutdown Protection
  • 8-Pin 3mm x 3mm TDFN Package


  • Camera Phones, Cell Phones, and Smartphones
  • LCD Backlights
  • PDAs, Digital Cameras, and Camcorders
  • White LED Flashes, Strobes, and Movie Lights
Part NumberBattery InputRegulation TopologyMax. No. of LEDsLED ChannelsLED ConfigurationILED per Channel
PWM Dimming Freq.
Dimming RatioDimming ControlPOUT
LED String Volt.
Oper. Freq.
MAX1577 1-Cell Li+Charge Pump11Parallel1.255
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