Current Sensing LED Resistors suit battery-powered applications.

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Bulk Metal® Z-Foil current sensing resistors improve LED brightness and efficiency in portable applications. With respective power ratings of 1 and 8 W and resistance ranges of 0.3–10 Ω and 0.5–500 Ω, LED1625 and LED221 provide TCR of 0.05 ppm/°C nominal (0 to +60°C) and 0.2 ppm/°C nominal (-55 to +125°C, +25°C ref), load-life stability of ±0.005%, and tight tolerances to ±0.01%. Non-inductive (<0.08 µH), non-capacitive design has PCR (or ΔR due to self-heating) of 5 ppm at rated power.

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VPG Introduces New Z-Foil Current Sensing LED Resistors for Portable Battery-Powered Applications

MALVERN, Pa. – Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) today announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors product line (VFR) has introduced two new ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal® Z-Foil current sensing resistors designed to improve LED brightness and efficiency in portable battery-powered applications. The LED1625 and LED221 provide low TCR of 0.05 ppm/°C nominal (0°C to +60°C) and 0.2 ppm/°C nominal (-55°C to +125°C,+25°C ref.), load-life stability of ±0.005%, and tight tolerances to ±0.01%.

In LED-backlit LCD displays for portable devices, screen brightness is a very important function. Brightness is controlled via an LED panel mounted on the rear of the LCD, which boosts the input voltage — usually coming from a Li-ion battery — connected to the panel. A boost converter converts the input voltage to dozens of volts for the LED panel's operation. To avoid brightness flickering and to control the stability of the LED output voltage, stable and precise current resistors with low thermal EMF and low absolute TCR are required.

"Battery life is critical in portable battery-powered applications, so for an LED driver to be useful, it must be efficient," said Hero Faierstain, senior manager, application engineering, for VFR. "Power efficiency is largely determined by the precision of the 4-terminal current sensing resistor and brightness control. The amount of input power required to generate the desired LED brightness can be determined by dividing the power in the LEDs by the input power. Defining the efficiency in this way means that the power dissipated in the current sensing resistor contributes to the power lost in the power supply. Therefore, it is very important to use high-precision current sense resistors, such as the LED1625 and LED221."

The LED1625 offers a 1 W power rating and a resistance range from 0.3 Ω to 10 Ω, while the LED221 features power ratings to 8 W and a resistance range from 0.5 Ω to 500 Ω. Any conceivable value within the devices' resistance ranges, to six digits, is available with no additional cost or lead time effect. The resistors offer PCR (or ÄR due to self-heating) of 5 ppm at rated power.

Featuring a non-inductive (<0.08 µH), non-capacitive design, the LED1625 and LED221 offer a rise time of 1 ns with effectively no ringing, voltage coefficient of <0.1 ppm/V, current noise of 0.010 µVRMS/V of applied voltage (<-40 dB), and thermal EMF of <0.05 µV/°C. The resistors withstand ESD spikes to at least 25 kV and are available with lead (Pb)-free and tin/lead alloy terminal finishes. The LED221 is also available with a solderable heatsink tab.

Samples and production quantities of the LED1625 and LED221 are available now. Pricing for U.S. delivery only starts at $3.88 per piece.

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About Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG)

VPG is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of Foil Technology Products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the company's Force Sensors Products and its Weighing and Control Systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at

About VPG Foil Resistors

VPG Foil Resistors produces the most precise and stable resistors available. Distinguished by the premier brands Vishay Foil Resistors, Powertron, and Alpha Electronics, the VPG Foil Resistors portfolio includes discrete resistors and resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (fixed-lead) configurations; customized chip resistor networks; precision trimming potentiometers; and discrete chips for use in hybrid circuits. These devices are used in applications requiring a high degree of precision and stability, such as in medical testing equipment, semiconductor equipment, precision measuring instruments, aerospace, and military applications. To learn more, visit

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. Contact:

Marti Spalding

Director, Global MarCom

Tel: +1 919-374-5515


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