Two-Channel CW Laser Diode Driver features MCU interface.

Press Release Summary:

Supplied in 5 x 5 mm, 28-pin QFN package and operating from 2.8–8 V supply, iC-HT permits MCU-based activation of laser diodes in CW mode. Laser diodes can be driven by optical output power using APC; laser diode current using ACC; or full, controller-based power control unit. Max laser diode current per channel is 750 mA, and both channels can be switched in parallel for laser diode currents up to 1.5 A. Also, current limit can be configured for each channel.

Original Press Release:

iC-HT: Two-channel CW Laser Diode Driver with a Microcontroller Interface Driving Two Wavelength Laser Diodes with One Integrated Laser Driver iC

The new laser diode driver iC-HT permits microcontroller-based activation of laser diodes in CW mode. With this device laser diodes can be driven by either the optical output power (using APC), the laser diode current (using ACC), or a full, controller-based power control unit. The maximum laser diode current per channel is 750 mA. Both channels can be switched in parallel for particularly high laser diode currents of up to 1.5 A.   A current limit can also be configured for each channel. Thanks to the high integration level of the analog functions for activation of the laser diodes with the microcontroller interface, multichannel laser diode control units can be implemented directly. Apart from the iC-HT only the microcontroller and laser diodes are required, the latter with varying wavelengths, for example.

Internal operating points and voltages can be output through analog/digital converters. The integrated temperature sensor permits the system temperature to be monitored and can also be used to check for feedback in the control circuit.  Logarithmic digital/analog converters allow optimum power regulation across a large dynamic range enabling a variety of laser diodes to be used.

The relevant configuration is stored in two equivalent memory areas; internal current limits, a supply voltage monitor, channel-specific interrupt switching inputs, and a watchdog safeguard the operation of the laser diodes through iC-HT.

Alternatively, the device can be operated by pin configuration in place of the SPI or I2C interface, where external resistors define the APC performance targets.

An external supply voltage can be controlled through current output DCO to reduce the system power dissipation to a minimum, such as in battery-operated devices or systems.

iC-HT works on supply voltages of 2.8 V to 8 V and can thus drive both blue and green laser diodes. Operating temperatures range from -40°C to +125°C. The device is housed in a 28-pin QFN package measuring 5 x 5 mm.

The design-in process is supported by ready-to-operate demo boards and software for evaluation with a PC.

Production volume can be ordered at standard lead times for $13.20 in volumes of 1000pcs.

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Introducing iC-Haus

iC-Haus GmbH is a leading independent German manufacturer of standard iCs (ASSP) and customized ASiC semiconductor solutions. The company has been active in the design, production, and sales of application-specific iCs for industrial, automotive, and medical technology for over 25 years and is represented worldwide. The iC-Haus cell libraries in CMOS, bipolar, and BCD technologies are fully equipped to realize the design of sensor, laser/opto, and actuator ASiCs, among others. The iCs are assembled in standard plastic packages or using iC-Haus chip-on-board technology to manufacture complete microsystems, multichip modules, and optoBGATM, the latter in conjunction with sensors.

Further information is available at

If you have any queries, please contact:

Marko Hepp

iC-Haus GmbH, Am Kuemmerling 18, 55294 Bodenheim, Germany

Tel.: +49 6135 9292 302

Fax: +49 6135 9292 192



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