Offline and DC-DC PWM Controllers for High-Brightness LED Drivers

LED Driver Solution with Wide Range of Operation and High-Current Accuracy

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The MAX16801A/B/MAX16802A/B high-brightness (HB) LED driver-control ICs contain all the circuitry required for the design of wide-input-voltage-range LED drivers for general lighting and display applications. The MAX16801 is well suited for universal input (rectified 85VAC to 265VAC) LED drivers, while the MAX16802 is intended for low-input-voltage (10.8VDC to 24VDC) LED drivers.

When the LED current needs to be tightly regulated, an additional on-board error amplifier with 1% accurate reference can be utilized. A wide dimming range can be implemented by using low-frequency PWM dimming.

The MAX16801/MAX16802 feature an input undervoltage lockout (UVLO) for programming the input-supply start voltage, and to ensure proper operation during brownout conditions. The MAX16801 has an internal-bootstrap undervoltage lockout circuit with a large hysteresis that simplifies offline LED driver designs. The MAX16802 does not have this internal bootstrap circuit and can be biased directly from a +12V rail.

The 262kHz fixed switching frequency is internally trimmed, allowing for optimization of the magnetic and filter components, resulting in a compact, cost-effective LED driver. The MAX16801A/MAX16802A are offered with 50% maximum duty cycle.The MAX16801B/MAX16802B are offered with 75% maximum duty cycle. These devices are available in an 8-pin µMAX® package and operate over the -40°C to +85°C temperature range.

MAX16801A/B, MAX16802A/B: Typical Operating Circuit MAX16801A/B, MAX16802A/B: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Suitable for Buck, Boost, Flyback, SEPIC, and Other Topologies
  • Up to 50W or Higher Output Power
  • Universal Offline Input Voltage Range: Rectified 85VAC to 265VAC (MAX16801)
  • IN Pin Directly Driven From 10.8VDC to 24VDC Input (MAX16802)
  • Internal Error Amplifier with 1% Accurate Reference for Precise LED Current Regulation
  • PWM or Linear Dimming
  • Fixed Switching Frequency of 262kHz ±12%
  • Thermal Shutdown
  • Digital Soft-Start
  • Programmable Input Startup Voltage
  • Internal Bootstrap UVLO with Large Hysteresis (MAX16801)
  • 45µA (typ) Startup Supply Current, 1.4mA (typ) Operating Supply Current
  • 50% (MAX16801A/MAX16802A) or 75% (MAX16801B/MAX16802B) Maximum Duty Cycle
  • Available in a Tiny 8-Pin µMAX Package


  • Commercial and Industrial Lighting
  • Decorative and Architectural Lighting
  • Offline and DC-DC LED Drivers
  • RGB Back Light for LCD TVs and Monitors
Part NumberRegulation TopologyMax. No. of LEDsLED ChannelsLED ConfigurationILED per Channel
PWM Dimming Freq.
Dimming RatioDimming ControlVCURR_SENSE
LED String Volt.
Oper. Freq.
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MAX16802 Inductor Based101Series321000
$1.21 @1k
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MAX16802BEVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX16802B

Technical Documents

Reference Schematic 3639 Design of a Nonisolated, Flyback LED Driver Circuit

Quality and Environmental Data

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