High-Efficiency, 36V Step-Up Converters with TA Derating Option for 2 to 9 White LEDs

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The MAX8595X/MAX8596X drive up to nine white LEDs with constant current and high efficiency to provide LCD backlighting in cell phones, PDAs, and other handheld devices. The series connection allows the LED currents to be identical for uniform brightness and minimizes the number of traces to the LEDs. The MAX8595X regulates constant LED current over the entire temperature range. The MAX8596X features an ambient-temperature derating function to avoid over-driving the white LEDs during high ambient temperatures, enabling higher drive current below +42°C.

A single Dual Mode™ input provides a simple means of brightness adjustment and on/off control. Fast 1MHz current-mode PWM operation allows for small input and output capacitors and a small inductor while minimizing ripple on the input supply/battery. Soft-start eliminates inrush current during startup.

The MAX8595X/MAX8596X are available in a space-saving, 8-pin, 3mm x 3mm TDFN package.

MAX8595X, MAX8596X: Typical Operating Circuit MAX8595X, MAX8596X: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Up to Nine LEDs at 25mA
  • Temperature Derating Function to Allow Fewer LEDs for Same Light (MAX8596X)
  • 86% Efficiency (PLEDs / PIN)
  • 1.7% Current-Regulation Accuracy
  • Output Overvoltage Protection
  • Flexible Dimming Control
    • Analog
    • Direct-PWM Internal Filter
  • 1MHz PWM Switching Frequency
  • 0.1µF Output Capacitor
  • 12mVP-P Low Input Ripple
  • Soft-Start Eliminates Inrush Current
  • 2.6V to 6V Input Range
  • 0.3µA Shutdown Current
  • Pin Compatible with the MAX1561 and MAX1599
  • TDFN 3mm x 3mm x 0.8mm Package with Exposed Paddle


  • Cell Phones/Smartphones
  • e-Books and Subnotebooks
  • PDAs, Palmtops, and Wireless Handhelds
  • White LED Display Backlighting

Pricing Notes:
This pricing is BUDGETARY, for comparing similar parts. Prices are in U.S. dollars and subject to change. Quantity pricing may vary substantially and international prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rates. For volume-specific and version-specific prices and delivery, please see the price and availability page or contact an authorized distributor.

Technical Documents

Reference Schematic 1804 Driving LEDs in Battery-Operated Applications: Controlling Brightness Power Efficiently

Additional Resources

Evaluation Kit: MAX8596ZEVKIT
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