The ZLED7012, one of our ZLED family of LED control ICs, is a low-noise, constant-frequency charge pump DC/DC converter that can drive up to four LED channels, providing a programmable constant current level ranging from 1.8mA to 20mA per LED channel. It can also drive higher current LEDs because its current sinks can operate in parallel. It enables white or other color LED applications that require uniform intensity and/or linear progressions in brightness. Capable of operating efficiently with DC voltage supplies ranging from 2.8V to 5.5V, it is ideal for small, battery-powered applications because very few external components are needed: typically one small-dimension 1μF capacitor across the C+ and C- pins and two small-dimension 2.2μF capacitors to GND from the VCC and Vout pins. The ZLED7012's Pulse Count Control (PCC) serial digital input is used to enable/disable the LEDs and set the current level (14 settings using a nearly logarithmic scale to provide a linear brightness progression). This simple, high-speed interface allows efficient real-time management of LEDs via microcontrollers or control systems. The ZLED7012's features include integrated soft-start circuitry to protect against excessive in-rush current during power-on and a low-current shutdown mode that reduces quiescent current consumption to approximately 1μA (typical) by disconnecting the load from the input when the EN/SET pin is low for a specified time.
- Low quiescent current in low-current shutdown mode: 1μA typical, <2μA maximum
- Integrated thermal shutdown protection prevents damage by shutting down the ZLED7012 if the die junction temperature exceeds 160°C (typical)
- Fixed charge pump switching frequency: 1MHz (typ.)
- Soft-start feature protects against excessive inrush current during power-on