LED Matrix Manager for High-Density Automotive Matrix and Pixel Lighting

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LED Matrix Manager for High-Density Automotive Matrix and Pixel Lighting

Maxim Integrated new 12-switch matrix manager MAX20092 allows designers of automotive matrix lighting and adaptive driving beam LED applications to migrate to higher current devices while reducing solution size and improving flexibility. The MAX20092 IC minimizes thermal issues associated with LED matrix lighting applications by offering the industry’s lowest internal switch resistance (RDS_ON), which is significantly lower than the other available solutions.

 

Safety and brand differentiation are two of the leading factors driving greater adoption of LEDs in automotive front-lighting platforms, which are growing at 30 percent per year, according to Strategy Analytics, Inc. OEMs are designing in advanced safety features such as glare-free high beams along with LED and matrix lighting, however, LED lighting designers are challenged with increasing power, thermal and design complexities.

 

The MAX20092 offers flexible current management for matrix and pixel lighting. Twelve integrated switches control LEDs in string voltages up to 56V, saving design time and reducing complexity. Its integrated MOSFET on resistance (RDS_ON)of  70 mohm is the lowest in the industry – comfortably driving LED currents up to 1.5A. Maxim’s 12-switch LED matrix manager is offered in a small 5mm x5mm TQFN package.

 

Moreover, along with MAX20092, Maxim also introduced MAX20096 and MAX20097 dual-channel, synchronous buck high-brightness LED controllers to use with the MAX20092, helping designers improve transient response times in LED lighting. The MAX20096 and MAX20097 deliver ultra-fast transient response with near-fixed frequency with Maxim’s proprietary average current mode control scheme, minimizing EMI and enabling a reliable, high-performing design.

 

Key Advantages of MAX20092

  • Integration: Reduces bill of materials (BOM) costswhile saving space. Manages one to two LEDs per switch with 12-bit pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimming. Provides built-in logarithmic fade-in/fade-out capability that simplifies LED programmability and reduces taxation on system bus lines.
  • High Performance and Safety: Low RDS_ON of 70 mohm safely enables LED current of up to 1.5A. Features advanced fault protection and management for open, short and open-trace LED detection.
  • Flexibility: Can parallel up to 27 MAX20092 devices without daisy-chaining to manage large LED pixel count of up to 324 LEDs; allows designers to configure 1 string x 12 series switches, 2 strings x 6 series switches, and 4 strings x 3 series switches from each IC.
  • Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Mitigation: Slew-rate control reduces EMI and noise

 

Availability and Pricing

  • The MAX20092 is available at Maxim’s website for $2.93 (1000-up, FOB USA)
  • The MAX20092EVSYS# evaluation kit includes a graphical user interface, matrix manager board and an LED adapter board featuring Osram Opto Semiconductors’ Oslon Compact PL, KW CELNM1.TG, LED components, which are suitable for adaptive matrix-style headlights.

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