LED Driver IC targets automotive interior lighting.

Press Release Summary:

Providing up to 100 mA from each of 4 outputs, Model A6263 drives arrays of high brightness LEDs with constant current for safe operation. Outputs can be connected in parallel or left unused as required, and regulated LED current from each output is set by single reference resistor. Housed in 8-pin SOICN package with exposed thermal pad for thermal dissipation, programmable current regulator provides protection against LED short, LED string open, IC pin open/short, and over temperature.

Original Press Release:

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. Announces a New Four-Channel LED Driver IC for Automotive Interior Lighting

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announces a new addition to their existing automotive qualified LED driver IC family. The new A6263 is a linear, programmable current regulator providing up to 100 mA from each of four outputs to drive arrays of high brightness LEDs. It is targeted at the automotive market with end applications to include map and dome lighting as well as exterior accent lighting.

The device outputs can be connected in parallel or left unused as required. The regulated LED current from each output is set by a single reference resistor. Current is matched in each string without the use of ballast resistors. Driving LEDs with constant current ensures safe operation with maximum possible light output. The IC provides protection against the following common faults:

• LED string shorted to GND

• Single or multiple LED short

• LED string open

• IC pin open/short

• Over temperature

If one LED string is open or shorted to ground, the offending string is disabled, while other LED strings continue to work. A temperature monitor is included to reduce the LED drive current if the chip temperature exceeds a thermal threshold. If necessary, this thermal de-rating threshold can be adjusted or disabled.

Allegro’s A6263KLJTR-T is offered in an 8-pin SOICN package (suffix LJ) with exposed thermal pad for enhanced thermal dissipation.  It is priced at $0.66 in quantities of 1,000.

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high-performance semiconductors. Allegro's innovative solutions serve high-growth applications within the automotive market, with additional focus on office automation, industrial, and consumer/communications solutions. Allegro is headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) with design, applications, and sales support centers located worldwide. Further information about Allegro can be found at www.allegromicro.com.

Contact information: Stephanie Fennelley, Allegro MicroSystems, P.O. BOX 15036, Worcester, MA 16150036

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