Texas Instruments Introduces LED Drivers for High Quality Video

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced two 16-channel, constant-current sink, light-emitting diode (LED) drivers with dot correction and grayscale on one integrated circuit (IC) for high-quality video. The drivers give designers increased system reliability and dynamic brightness control to enhance the resolution for large-panel mono-, multi- or full-color LED displays, LED signboards and display backlighting.

Texas Instruments TLC5942 LED Driver for High Quality VideoAn extension of TI’s popular TLC5940 family, the new TLC5942 and TLC5945 provide high-performance capabilities, such as analog and digital dimming, in an integrated IC for large LED displays. The TLC5942 provides 128 step dot correction to compensate for LED luminous mismatch, and allows for both grayscale control and dot correction to be accessible via separate, dedicated serial interface ports. The maximum current value of all 16 channels can be set by a single external resistor. Higher currents can be provided by paralleling channels. The TLC5945 is optimized for video displays with fast video action, such as stadium sporting events, as it provides a very fast refresh rate capability – 30-MHz data transfer rate – with no delay.

Both the TLC5942 and TLC5945 have two error detection circuits for LED open detection (LOD) and a thermal error flag (TEF). The LOD identifies a broken or disconnected LED during the display period. TEF indicates an over-temperature condition, meaning when the TEF is set, all output drivers are turned off. When the device has cooled the TEF is cleared and all output drivers are restarted.

TLC5942 Additional Features:

  • 50-mA capability (constant-current sink)
  • 12-bit (4,096 steps) grayscale control with PWM
  • 7-bit (128 steps) dot correction with sink current
  • LED power-supply voltage up to 17 V
  • Device bias power-supply 3.0 V to 5.5 V
  • Constant-current accuracy:
    • Channel-to-channel = +/-1.5 percent
    • Device-to-device = +/-3 percent
  • CMOS level I/O
  • 30-MHz data transfer rate
  • Thermal Shutdown (TSD):
    • Automatic shutdown at high temperature conditions
    • Restart under normal temperature
  • Noise reduction with 4-channel grouped delay to prevent inrush current
  • Operating temperature: -40C to +85C

8-Channel LED Drivers
TI also introduced today the TLC5916 and TLC5917, 8-channel LED drivers that support general-purpose LED display systems such as LED signage, automotive LED lighting, white goods, gaming machines and entertainment, and other general LED lighting applications. The devices provide constant-current control and open-load, shorted-load and over-temperature detection. Both also contain an 8-bit shift register and data latches, which convert serial input data into individual channel on/off control and group brightness.

Pricing and Availability
The TLC59xx family is shipping in volume today from TI and its worldwide network of distributors. Available in a 32-pin QFN or 28-pin HTSSOP package, suggested resale price for the TLC5942 and TLC5945 is $1.75 each in 1,000-unit quantities. The TLC5916 and TLC5917 comes in a 16-pin SOIC or 16-pin TSSOP package. Suggested resale price for those devices is $0.80 each in 1,000-unit quantities.

LED Driver and Display Solutions
TI provides the broadest portfolio of high-performance products for today’s LED design requirements, including power management, such as AC/DC, power factor correction, DC/DC and linear power conversion; RF transceivers; digital signal processors (DSPs); and ultra-low-power MCUs. TI’s products support applications ranging from ultra-small portable displays to the largest lighting and display panels in the industry. Additionally, TI’s local support and applications knowledge help designers get to market faster.