High-Voltage, 350mA, High-Brightness LED Driver with PWM Dimming and 5V Regulator

350mA LED Driver Provides 3.5% Current Accuracy for Long LED Strings and PWM Dimming

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The MAX16836 current regulator operates from a 6.5V to 40V input-voltage range and delivers up to a total of 350mA to one or more strings of high-brightness LEDs (HB LEDs). The output current of the MAX16836 is adjusted by using an external current-sense resistor in series with the LEDs. A dimming input allows wide-range "pulsed" PWM operation. Wave-shaping circuitry reduces EMI. The differential current-sense input increases noise immunity. The MAX16836 is well suited for applications requiring a high-voltage input and is able to withstand automotive load-dump events up to 40V. An on-board pass element minimizes external components while providing ±3.5% output-current accuracy. Additional features include a 5V regulated output and short-circuit and thermal protection.

The MAX16836 is available in a thermally enhanced, 5mm x 5mm, 16-pin TQFN package and in an 8-pin SO package with exposed pad. The MAX16836 is specified over the automotive -40°C to +125°C temperature range.
MAX16836: Typical Operating Circuit MAX16836: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • +6.5V to +40V Operating Range
  • Adjustable LED Current (35mA to 350mA)
  • ±3.5% LED Current Accuracy
  • High-Voltage DIM Pin for Dimming Interface
  • Integrated Pass Element with Low-Dropout Voltage (0.55V typ)
  • +5V Regulated Output with 4mA Source Capability
  • Parallel Operation for LED Current > 350mA
  • Differential LED Current Sense
  • Low Shutdown Supply Current (35µA typ)
  • Low 200mV Current-Sense Reference Reduces Power Losses
  • Wave-Shaped Edges Reduce Radiated EMI During PWM Dimming
  • Thermal Shutdown
  • Output Short-Circuit Protection
  • Available in Small, Thermally Enhanced, 5mm x 5mm, 16-Pin TQFN Package and in 8-Pin SO with Exposed Pad Package
  • -40°C to +125°C Operating Temperature Range


  • Automotive Interior: Map, Courtesy, and Cluster Lighting
  • Automotive Exterior: Tail Lights and CHMSL
  • Emergency Vehicle Warning Lights
  • Navigation and Marine Indicators
  • General Lighting
  • Signage, Gasoline Canopies, Beacons
Part NumberRegulation TopologyMax. No. of LEDsLED ChannelsLED ConfigurationILED per Channel
PWM Dimming Freq.
Dimming RatioDimming ControlVDROPOUT
LED String Volt.
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MAX16836 Linear101Series0.351200
SOIC (N)/8
$1.41 @1k
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Pricing Notes:
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MAX16836EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX16836 and MAX16835

Technical Documents

Reference Schematic 4385 Reference Design for a Signal-Lamp LED Driver

Quality and Environmental Data

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CAD Symbols and Footprints

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