The MAX16834 is a current-mode high-brightness LED (HB LED) driver for boost, boost-buck, SEPIC, and highside buck topologies. In addition to driving an n-channel power MOSFET switch controlled by the switching controller, it also drives an n-channel PWM dimming switch to achieve LED PWM dimming. The MAX16834 integrates all the building blocks necessary to implement a fixed-frequency HB LED driver with wide-range dimming control.
The MAX16834 features constant-frequency peak current- mode control with programmable slope compensation to control the duty cycle of the PWM controller.
A dimming driver designed to drive an external n-channel MOSFET in series with the LED string provides wide-range dimming control up to 20kHz. In addition to PWM dimming, the MAX16834 provides analog dimming using a DC input at REFI. The programmable switching frequency (100kHz to 1MHz) allows design optimization for efficiency and board space reduction.
A single resistor from RT/SYNC to ground sets the switching frequency from 100kHz to 1MHz while an external clock signal at RT/SYNC disables the internal oscillator and allows the MAX16834 to synchronize to an external clock. The MAX16834’s integrated highside current-sense amplifier eliminates the need for a separate high-side LED current-sense amplifier in boost-buck applications.
The MAX16834 operates over a wide supply range of 4.75V to 28V and includes a 3A sink/source gate driver for driving a power MOSFET in high-power LED driver applications. It can also operate at input voltages greater than 28V in boost configuration with an external voltage clamp. The MAX16834 is also suitable for DCDC converter applications such as boost or boostbuck.
Additional features include external enable/ disable input, an on-chip oscillator, fault indicator output (FLT) for LED open/short or overtemperature conditions, and an overvoltage protection sense input (OVP+) for true overvoltage protection.
The MAX16834 is available in a thermally enhanced 4mm x 4mm, 20-pin TQFN-EP package and in a thermally enhanced 20-pin TSSOP-EP package and is specified over the automotive -40℃ to +125℃ temperature range.
_ Wide Input Operating Voltage Range (4.75V to 28V)
_ Works for Input Voltage > 28V with External Voltage Clamp on VIN for Boost Converter
_ 3000:1 PWM Dimming/Analog Dimming
_ Integrated PWM Dimming MOSFET Driver
_ Integrated High-Side Current-Sense Amplifier for LED Current Sense in Boost-Buck Converter
_ 100kHz to 1MHz Programmable High-Frequency Operation
_ External Clock Synchronization Input
_ Programmable UVLO
_ Internal 7V Low-Dropout Regulator
_ Fault Output (FLT) for Overvoltage, Overcurrent, and Thermal Warning Faults