High-Voltage, Linear High-Brightness LED Driver with Open-LED Fault Detect

Industry's Most Cost-Effective Solution for Linear HB LED Driving with Open-LED Detect; Ideal for Automotive Lights

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The MAX16839 programmable current regulator operates from a 5V to 40V input voltage range and features an open-drain, constant-current-sink output capable of sinking up to 100mA. The MAX16839 is well suited for automotive applications and other applications that require a general-purpose linear LED driver. The device directly withstands automotive load-dump events of up to 45V.

An on-board pass element minimizes external component count while providing ±5% output current accuracy. The MAX16839 includes a dimming input that controls the duty cycle of the output current, allowing a wide LED dimming range. In addition, the dimming input functions as an on/off control of the output current. In multiple LED-string applications, the dimming input synchronizes the LED current-sink turn-on, ensuring simultaneous brightness in LED strings.

Additional features include thermal and open-LED protection and an open-LED fault-detection output. In multiple LED string applications where all FLTS pins are connected together, an open-LED detection in one LED string turns off all the strings simultaneously. Open-LED protection also features fault memory, to avoid LED flashing during subsequent power-up cycles.

The MAX16839 is available in thermally enhanced, 6–pin TDFN-EP and 8-pin SO-EP packages and is specified over the -40°C to +125°C automotive temperature range.
MAX16839: Typical Application Circuit MAX16839: Typical Application Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 5V to 40V Operating Range
  • Integrated 2Ω Open-Drain Pass Transistor
  • 15mA to 100mA Programmable LED Current
  • PWM Dimming
  • Open-LED Fault Detection
  • Open-LED Fault Event Status Memory
  • LED Open-Fault Detect Latches Off Multiple LED Strings
  • Multichip Synchronized LED Current Sink
  • ±5% LED Current Accuracy
  • -40°C to +125°C Operating Temperature Range
  • Thermal Protection
  • Undervoltage Lockout
  • 6-Pin TDFN-EP and 8-Pin SO-EP Packages


  • Automotive Exterior: Turn Signal Light, Brake Light, Tail and Marker Lights
  • Automotive Interior: Cluster and Warning Lights, Dome and Map Lights
  • General Lighting: Signage, LED Lamps
  • Truck, Train, Airplane, and Emergency Car LED Lighting
Part NumberRegulation TopologyMax. No. of LEDsLED ChannelsLED ConfigurationILED per Channel
PWM Dimming Freq.
Dimming RatioDimming ControlVCURR_SENSE
LED String Volt.
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MAX16839 Linear101Series0.110200PWM20345401039.1
SOIC (N)/8
$0.90 @1k
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MAX16839EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX16839

Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: MAX16839.pdf 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports
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