Linear Technology Unveils LT3755 60V, High Side Sense LED Controller

Linear Technology announces the LT3755, a 60V, high-side current sense DC/DC converter designed to drive high current LEDs. Its 4.5V to 40V input voltage range makes it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including automotive, industrial and architectural lighting. The LT3755 uses an external N-channel MOSFET and can drive up to 14 1A white LEDs from a nominal 12V input, delivering in excess of 50 watts. It incorporates a high-side current sense, enabling it to be used in boost, buck, buck-boost or SEPIC and flyback topologies. The LT3755 can deliver efficiencies of over 94% in boost mode, eliminating any need for external heat sinking. A frequency adjust pin permits the user to program the frequency between 100kHz and 1MHz, optimizing efficiency while minimizing external component size and cost. Combined with a 3mm x 3mm QFN package, the LT3755 offers a very compact 50 watt LED driver solution.

Linear Technology LT3755 60V, high-side current sense DC/DC converter for LEDThe LT3755 uses True Color PWM[tm] dimming, which delivers constant LED color with dimming ranges of up to 3,000:1. For less demanding dimming requirements, the CTRL pin can be used to offer a 10:1 analog dimming range. Its fixed frequency, current mode architecture offers stable operation over a wide range of supply and output voltages. A ground referenced voltage FB pin serves as the input for several LED protection features, making it possible for the converter to operate as a constant-voltage source.

Two versions of the LT3755 are available — the standard LT3755, which offers an Open LED Status pin, and the LT3755-1, which replaces the Open LED Status pin with a frequency synchronization pin.

Both the LT3755EUD and LT3755EUD-1 are available from stock in a 16-pin 3mm x 3mm QFN package. Pricing starts at $2.75 each for both versions in 1,000-piece quantities. Extended temperature versions, or “I” grades, namely the LT3755IUD and LT3755IUD-1, are also available from stock. Pricing starts at $3.15 each, respectively, in 1,000-piece quantities.

Summary of Features: LT3755/-1

  • 3,000:1 True Color PWM Dimming
  • Wide Input Voltage Range: 4.5V to 40V
  • Output Voltage Up to 60V
  • Constant-Current and Constant-Voltage Regulation
  • 100mV High Side Current Sense
  • Drives LEDs in Boost, Buck Mode, Buck-Boost Mode, SEPIC or Flyback Topology
  • Adjustable Frequency: 100kHz to 1MHz
  • Programmable Undervoltage Lockout with Hysteresis
  • Open LED Status Pin (LT3755)
  • Frequency Synchronization (LT3755-1)
  • PWM Disconnect Switch Driver
  • CTRL Pin Provides Analog Dimming
  • Low Shutdown Current: <1uA
  • Programmable Soft-Start
  • Thermally Enhanced 16-Lead QFN (3mm × 3mm) Package

About Linear Technology
Linear Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits, was founded in 1981, became a public company in 1986 and joined the S&P 500 index of major public companies in 2000. Linear Technology products include high performance amplifiers, comparators, voltage references, monolithic filters, linear regulators, DC-DC converters, battery chargers, data converters, communications interface circuits, RF signal conditioning circuits, uModule[tm] products, and many other analog functions. Applications for Linear Technology’s high performance circuits include telecommunications, cellular telephones, networking products such as optical switches, notebook and desktop computers, computer peripherals, video/multimedia, industrial instrumentation, security monitoring devices, high-end consumer products such as digital cameras and MP3 players, complex medical devices, automotive electronics, factory automation, process control, and military and space systems.

LT, LTC and LTM are registered trademarks and uModule and True Color PWM are trademarks of Linear Technology Corp.