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1.5A Synchronous Boost LED Flash Driver w/ Dual High-Side Current Sources


Package | PIN: YFQ | 20
Temp: I (-40 to 85)
Carrier: Cut Tape
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1-9 $1.26
10-24 $1.13
25-99 $1.04
100-249 $0.89
250-499 $0.82
500-749 $0.67
750-999 $0.54
1000+ $0.48


  • High-Side Current Sources Allowing for Grounded
    LED Cathode for Improved Thermal Management
  • > 85% Efficiency in Torch and Flash Modes
  • Small Solution Size < 20 mm2
  • Accurate and Programmable Flash LED Current from
    24 mA to 1.5 A in 11.7-mA Steps
  • Accurate and Programmable Torch LED Current
    from 2.5 mA to 187 mA in 1.5-mA Steps
  • Dual 1.5-A High-Side Current Sources for Dual
    LED Drive
  • Hardware Flash and Torch Enables
  • Hardware Enable Pin
  • Soft-Start Operation for Battery Protection
  • LED Thermal Sensing and Current Scale-Back
  • Synchronization Input for RF Power Amplifier
    Pulse Events
  • VIN Flash Monitor Optimization
  • 1-MHz I²C-Compatible Interface
  • I²C-Programmable NTC Trip Point
  • 0.4-mm Pitch, 20-Bump DSBGA

Texas Instruments  LM3646YFQR

The LM3646 utilizes a 4-MHz fixed-frequency synchronous boost converter to provide power to dual 1.5-A constant current LED sources. The high-side current sources allow for grounded cathode LED operation providing flash current up to 1.5 A total. An adaptive headroom regulation scheme ensures the LED currents remain in regulation and maximizes efficiency. The combination of dual LED driving capability, high LED current, small solution size and high level of adjustability make the LM3646 perfect for camera phone LED flash and torch applications.

The LM3646 is controlled through an I2C-compatible interface. The main features of the LM3646 include: a hardware flash enable (STROBE) input for direct triggering of the flash pulse, a hardware Torch enable (TORCH) for movie mode or flashlight functions, a TX input which forces the flash pulse into a low-current torch mode allowing for synchronization to RF power amplifier events or other high-current conditions, an integrated comparator designed to monitor an NTC thermistor and provide an interrupt to the LED current, and a programmable input voltage monitor which monitors the battery voltage and can reduce the flash current during low battery conditions. A hardware enable (ENABLE) input provides a hardware shutdown during system software failures.

The 4-MHz switching frequency, overvoltage protection, and adjustable current limit allow for the use of tiny, low-profile inductors and (10-µF) ceramic capacitors. The device is available in a small 20-bump DSBGA package and operates over the –40°C to 85°C temperature range.