A synchronous buck, high-brightness LED controller has been released by Maxim Integrated Products. The company claim that the MAX20078 is the only product available which provides both fast response time and low electromagnetic interference (EMI) for exterior LED lighting and improved safety applications. Suitable for matrix lighting designs, the LED controller allows designers to achieve high performance, ease of design, and fast time-to-market.
In advanced lighting applications such as matrix lighting, LED drivers and controllers have challenges when switching LEDs at high speeds which can cause overshoots and undershoots in current. These applications are not easy to design, as they require numerous LEDs located in a densely-concentrated area and EMI can be especially difficult to eliminate. Automakers spend time, money, and effort trying to achieve low EMI as they experiment with different layouts and filtering methods.
The MAX20078 provides ultra-fast response times enabling smoother transient responses. While eliminating the need for external compensation components, it also offers a wide dimming ratio and features both integrated fault protection and monitoring circuitry. The MAX20078 allows for fast LED switching and low EMI so that designers no longer need to sacrifice one for the other. These benefits, along with simplified design and flexible switching frequencies, allow designers to achieve faster time-to-market.
“We are enabling our customers to create faster, brighter, and more stylish lighting with our latest products,” said Yin Wu, Business Manager, Automotive, Maxim Integrated. “The MAX20078 LED controller is a testament to our continued innovation, as it is the only solution in the market that combines the speed of a hysteretic buck controller with the low switching noise of a fixed-frequency buck controller.”