High-Voltage, Three-Channel Linear High-Brightness LED Drivers

Independently Dimmable, Three-Channel LED Drivers for Compact and Simple Driver Circuits

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The MAX16824/MAX16825 three-channel LED drivers operate over a 6.5V to 28V input voltage range. These devices provide three open-drain constant-current-sinking outputs that are rated to 36V and deliver up to 150mA of current to each string of high-brightness LEDs (HB LEDs). The current at each output is programmable by means of an external current-sense resistor. The MAX16824 features three PWM inputs that control the duty cycle of the output current, allowing a wide LED dimming range to be implemented. The PWM inputs also function as on/off control for each corresponding output. The MAX16825 offers a 4-wire serial interface, a 3-bit shift register, and a 3-bit transparent latch. The serial interface allows a microcontroller to configure the output channels using four inputs (DIN, CLK, LE, active-low OE) and a data output (DOUT). DOUT allows multiple drivers to be cascaded and operated together.

The MAX16824/MAX16825's on-board pass elements minimize the need for external components, while at the same time, providing ±5% LED current accuracy. Additional features include a +5V (±5%) regulated output with 4mA output current capability and thermal protection.

The MAX16824/MAX16825 are available in a thermally enhanced 16-pin TSSOP-EP package and specified over the -40°C to +125°C temperature range.
MAX16824, MAX16825: Typical Operating Circuit MAX16824, MAX16825: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 6.5V to 28V Operating Range
  • Outputs Connected to 36V Supply for Long LED Strings
  • Three 36V-Rated Output Channels with Independently Adjustable LED Current
  • 150mA Output Current Per Channel
  • ±5% LED Current Accuracy
  • PWM Dimming
    • Three Independent Dimming Control Inputs (MAX16824)
    • 4-Wire Serial Interface LED Current Chopping (MAX16825)
  • +5V (±5%) Regulated Output with 4mA Source Capability
  • Fast Transient Dimming Response
  • 200mV Current-Sense Reference Reduces Power Loss
  • Thermal Shutdown
  • -40°C to +125°C Operating Temperature Range
  • Thermally Enhanced, 16-Pin TSSOP Exposed Paddle Package


  • Architectural and Decorative Lighting
  • Automotive Lighting
  • Indoor and Outdoor LED Video Displays
  • Industrial Lighting
  • LCD Display Backlighting
  • Mood Lighting
Part NumberRegulation TopologyMax. No. of LEDsLED ChannelsLED ConfigurationILED per Channel
PWM Dimming Freq.
Dimming RatioDimming ControlVDROPOUT
LED String Volt.
maxmaxmaxtypminmaxmaxmaxSee Notes
MAX16824 Linear93Series-Parallel0.153200PWM750200156.5281038.6
$1.70 @1k
MAX16825 SPI Serial
$1.42 @1k
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Pricing Notes:
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MAX16825EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX16825
MAX16824EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX16824

Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: MAX16824.pdf 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

CAD Symbols and Footprints

  • MAX16824AUE+
  • MAX16824AUE+T
  • MAX16824AUE/V+
  • MAX16824AUE/V+T
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