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Number of channels (#) 16 LED current per channel (mA) 120 Vin (Min) (V) 3 Vin (Max) (V) 5.5 Features PWM control, Serial interface Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Rating Catalog
Number of channels (#) 16 LED current per channel (mA) 120 Vin (Min) (V) 3 Vin (Max) (V) 5.5 Features PWM control, Serial interface Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85 Rating Catalog
HTSSOP (PWP) 28 43 mm² 4.4 x 9.7 HTSSOP (PWP) 28 43 mm² 4.40 x 9.70 VQFN (RHB) 32 25 mm² 5.0 x 5.0
  • 16 Channels
  • 12 bit (4096 Steps) Grayscale PWM Control
  • Dot Correction
    • 6 bit (64 Steps)
    • Storable in Integrated EEPROM
  • Drive Capability (Constant-Current Sink)
    • 0 mA to 60 mA (VCC < 3.6 V)
    • 0 mA to 120 mA (VCC > 3.6 V)
  • LED Power Supply Voltage up to 17 V
  • VCC = 3 V to 5.5 V
  • Serial Data Interface
  • Controlled In-Rush Current
  • 30 MHz Data Transfer Rate
  • CMOS Level I/O
  • Error Information
    • LOD: LED Open Detection
    • TEF: Thermal Error Flag
  • 16 Channels
  • 12 bit (4096 Steps) Grayscale PWM Control
  • Dot Correction
    • 6 bit (64 Steps)
    • Storable in Integrated EEPROM
  • Drive Capability (Constant-Current Sink)
    • 0 mA to 60 mA (VCC < 3.6 V)
    • 0 mA to 120 mA (VCC > 3.6 V)
  • LED Power Supply Voltage up to 17 V
  • VCC = 3 V to 5.5 V
  • Serial Data Interface
  • Controlled In-Rush Current
  • 30 MHz Data Transfer Rate
  • CMOS Level I/O
  • Error Information
    • LOD: LED Open Detection
    • TEF: Thermal Error Flag

The TLC5940 is a 16-channel, constant-current sink LED driver. Each channel has an individually adjustable 4096-step grayscale PWM brightness control and a 64-step, constant-current sink (dot correction). The dot correction adjusts the brightness variations between LED channels and other LED drivers. The dot correction data is stored in an integrated EEPROM. Both grayscale control and dot correction are accessible through a serial interface. A single external resistor sets the maximum current value of all 16 channels.

The TLC5940 features two error information circuits. The LED open detection (LOD) indicates a broken or disconnected LED at an output terminal. The thermal error flag (TEF) indicates an overtemperature condition.

The TLC5940 is a 16-channel, constant-current sink LED driver. Each channel has an individually adjustable 4096-step grayscale PWM brightness control and a 64-step, constant-current sink (dot correction). The dot correction adjusts the brightness variations between LED channels and other LED drivers. The dot correction data is stored in an integrated EEPROM. Both grayscale control and dot correction are accessible through a serial interface. A single external resistor sets the maximum current value of all 16 channels.

The TLC5940 features two error information circuits. The LED open detection (LOD) indicates a broken or disconnected LED at an output terminal. The thermal error flag (TEF) indicates an overtemperature condition.

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* Data sheet TLC5940 16-Channel LED Driver With DOT Correction and Grayscale PWM Control datasheet (Rev. D) 03 Dec 2015
White paper Common LED Functions and LED Driver Design Considerations 21 Sep 2020
Application note Grayscale and Dot-Corrected LED Display Using TLC5941 and MSP430F427 (Rev. B) 27 Sep 2018
Selection guide Power Management Guide 2018 (Rev. R) 25 Jun 2018
Technical article Here's how body electronics and lighting technology are changing the driving experience 26 Sep 2016
Technical article LED brightness adjustment: high-frequency PWM dimming 26 Aug 2016
Technical article Take better selfies with innovative LED flashes 18 Nov 2014
Technical article Solving the automotive EMI issues in new cars with all the screens 11 Sep 2014
Application note Hardware Design Considerations for a Wireless LED based Display Design 11 Jun 2014
Application note Using the TLC5940 with Higher LED Supply Voltages and Series LEDs 20 Aug 2007
Application note LED Driver--Paralleled Outputs Provide High Current Outputs 25 Sep 2006
Application note TLC5940 One Wire Control--Eliminating Microprocessor Control for Integr LED Driv 25 Sep 2006
Application note LED Display System Module Using Cascading TLC5940 Devices 06 Jul 2006
Analog design journal TLC5940 PWM dimming provides superior color quality in LED video displays 18 Apr 2006
Analog design journal TLC5940 dot correction compensates for variations in LED brightness 10 Oct 2005
User guide TLC5940 EVM 28 Sep 2005

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Application software & framework

LED-FRAME-DESIGNER — LED Frame Designer Software

LED Frame Designer Software allows the user to individually control the Dot Correction and PWM dimming levels for each LED on the TLC59xx EVM. The software also allows the user to program and play multiple LED “frames” to create different lighting patterns on the EVM.
Software programming tool

TLC5940 Programming Flow Chart

SLVC106.PDF (115 KB)
Simulation model

TLC5940 IBIS Model

SLIM237.ZIP (47 KB) - IBIS Model
Simulation tool

PSPICE-FOR-TI — PSpice® for TI design and simulation tool

PSpice® for TI is a design and simulation environment that helps evaluate functionality of analog circuits. This full-featured, design and simulation suite uses an analog analysis engine from Cadence®. Available at no cost, PSpice for TI includes one of the largest model libraries in the (...)
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