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Display type LCD unipolar IC integration Gamma buffer, VCOM Vin (Min) (V) 9 Vin (Max) (V) 20 Source driver voltage (Min) (V) 9 Source driver voltage (Max) (V) 20 Level shifter/scan driver (ch) 0 Features Gamma buffer, I2C interface, VCOM or op amp Rating Catalog
Display type LCD unipolar IC integration Gamma buffer, VCOM Vin (Min) (V) 9 Vin (Max) (V) 20 Source driver voltage (Min) (V) 9 Source driver voltage (Max) (V) 20 Level shifter/scan driver (ch) 0 Features Gamma buffer, I2C interface, VCOM or op amp Rating Catalog
HTSSOP (PWP) 28 43 mm² 4.4 x 9.7
  • 10-BIT RESOLUTION
  • 16-CHANNEL P-GAMMA
  • 2-CHANNEL P-VCOM
  • 16x REWRITABLE NONVOLATILE MEMORY
  • TWO INDEPENDENT PIN-SELECTABLE MEMORY BANKS
  • RAIL-TO-RAIL OUTPUT
    • 300mV Min Swing-to-Rail (10mA)
    • > 300mA Max IOUT
  • LOW SUPPLY CURRENT
  • SUPPLY VOLTAGE: 9V to 20V
  • DIGITAL SUPPLY: 2V to 5.5V
  • I2C™ INTERFACE: Supports 400kHz and 3.4MHz
  • APPLICATIONS
    • TFT-LCD REFERENCE DRIVERS

PowerPAD is a trademark of Texas Instruments.
I2C is a trademark of NXP Semiconductors.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

  • 10-BIT RESOLUTION
  • 16-CHANNEL P-GAMMA
  • 2-CHANNEL P-VCOM
  • 16x REWRITABLE NONVOLATILE MEMORY
  • TWO INDEPENDENT PIN-SELECTABLE MEMORY BANKS
  • RAIL-TO-RAIL OUTPUT
    • 300mV Min Swing-to-Rail (10mA)
    • > 300mA Max IOUT
  • LOW SUPPLY CURRENT
  • SUPPLY VOLTAGE: 9V to 20V
  • DIGITAL SUPPLY: 2V to 5.5V
  • I2C™ INTERFACE: Supports 400kHz and 3.4MHz
  • APPLICATIONS
    • TFT-LCD REFERENCE DRIVERS

PowerPAD is a trademark of Texas Instruments.
I2C is a trademark of NXP Semiconductors.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

The BUF16821 offers 16 programmable gamma channels and two programmable VCOM channels.

The final gamma and VCOM values can be stored in the on-chip, nonvolatile memory. To allow for programming errors or liquid crystal display (LCD) panel rework, the BUF16821 supports up to 16 write operations to the on-chip memory.

The BUF16821 has two separate memory banks, allowing simultaneous storage of two different gamma curves to facilitate switching between gamma curves.

All gamma and VCOM channels offer a rail-to-rail output that typically swings to within 150mV of either supply rail with a 10mA load. All channels are programmed using an I2C interface that supports standard operations up to 400kHz and high-speed data transfers up to 3.4MHz.

The BUF16821 is manufactured using Texas Instruments' proprietary, state-of-the-art, high-voltage CMOS process. This process offers very dense logic and high supply voltage operation of up to 20V. The BUF16821 is offered in a HTSSOP-28 PowerPAD™ package, and is specified from -40°C to +85°C.

The BUF16821 offers 16 programmable gamma channels and two programmable VCOM channels.

The final gamma and VCOM values can be stored in the on-chip, nonvolatile memory. To allow for programming errors or liquid crystal display (LCD) panel rework, the BUF16821 supports up to 16 write operations to the on-chip memory.

The BUF16821 has two separate memory banks, allowing simultaneous storage of two different gamma curves to facilitate switching between gamma curves.

All gamma and VCOM channels offer a rail-to-rail output that typically swings to within 150mV of either supply rail with a 10mA load. All channels are programmed using an I2C interface that supports standard operations up to 400kHz and high-speed data transfers up to 3.4MHz.

The BUF16821 is manufactured using Texas Instruments' proprietary, state-of-the-art, high-voltage CMOS process. This process offers very dense logic and high supply voltage operation of up to 20V. The BUF16821 is offered in a HTSSOP-28 PowerPAD™ package, and is specified from -40°C to +85°C.

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* Data sheet Programmable Gamma-Volt Generator & Vcom Calibrator w/Integrated 2-Bank Memory datasheet (Rev. C) 12 Jul 2011
EVM User's guide BUF16821EVM-USB User Guide (Rev. A) 31 May 2016
Application note Driving Capacitive Loads with Gamma Buffers 20 Nov 2012
EVM User's guide BUF16821EVM Evaluation Board and Software Tutorial 27 Feb 2008

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Evaluation board

BUF16821EVM-USB — BUF16821 Evaluation Module USB

The BUF16821EVM-USB is a platform for evaluating the performance of the BUF16821 under various signal, reference, and supply conditions.

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BUF16821 EVM Software

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BUF16821EVM-USB Software

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BUF16821EVM-USB Source Code

SBOC406.ZIP (1821 KB)
Simulation model

BUF16821 DAC OUTPUT Unencrypted PSpice Model Package

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Gamma Buffer I2C IBIS Model

SBOM409.ZIP (39 KB) - IBIS Model
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