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Number of channels (#) 6 Vin (Min) (V) 2.7 Vin (Max) (V) 5.5 Vout (Min) (V) 2.7 Vout (Max) (V) 5.5 Type Capacitive Switching frequency (Max) (kHz) 1570 LED current per channel (mA) 30 Peak efficiency (%) 91 Topology Boost Features I2C Control Operating temperature range (C) -30 to 85 open-in-new Find other Backlight LED drivers

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  • 91% Peak LED Drive Efficiency
  • No Inductor Required
  • 0.3% Current Matching
  • Drives 6 LEDs with up to 30mA per LED
  • 180mA of total driver current
  • I2C Compatible Brightness Control Interface
  • Adaptive 1×- 3/2× Charge Pump
  • Resistor-Programmable Current Settings
  • External Chip RESET Pin (RESET)
  • Extended Li-Ion Input: 2.7V to 5.5V
  • Small low profile industry standard leadless package, WQFN 24 : (4mm x 4mm x 0.8mm)

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The LM27966 is a highly integrated charge-pump-based display LED driver. The device can drive up to 6 LEDs in parallel with a total output current of 180mA. Regulated internal current sources deliver excellent current and brightness matching in all LEDs.

The LED driver current sources are split into two independently controlled groups. The primary group, which can be configured with 4 or 5 LEDs, can be used to backlight the main phone display. An additional, independently controlled led driver is provided for driving an indicator or other general purpose LED function. The LM27966 has an I2C compatible interface that allows the user to independently control the brightness on each bank of LEDs.

The device provides excellent efficiency without the use of an inductor by operating the charge pump in a gain of 3/2, or in Pass-Mode. The proper gain for maintaining current regulation is chosen, based on LED forward voltage, so that efficiency is maximized over the input voltage range.

The LM27966 is available in a small 24-pin Leadless Leadframe WQFN-24 package.

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* Data sheet LM27966 White LED Driver with I2C Compatible Interface datasheet (Rev. B) May 02, 2013
White paper Common LED Functions and LED Driver Design Considerations Sep. 21, 2020
Technical article Overcoming challenges for backlight LED drivers in automotive display solutions Jul. 16, 2020
Technical article Here's how body electronics and lighting technology are changing the driving experience Sep. 26, 2016
Technical article LED brightness adjustment: high-frequency PWM dimming Aug. 26, 2016
Technical article Take better selfies with innovative LED flashes Nov. 18, 2014

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