100V Linear LED Driver from Diodes Incorporated De-clutters Low-Power Lighting Designs

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today announced the AL5801 linear LED driver. Needing only two additional components, the AL5801 enables designers to simplify automotive interior, signage and general lighting control circuits. Integrating a 100V rated N-channel MOSFET with a pre-biased NPN transistor, this small footprint SOT26 packaged device will drive chains of up to 30 low-power, series-connected LEDs with currents from 20mA to 350mA.

The AL5801's open-drain output operates between 1.1V and 100V, ensuring common 12V, 24V and 48V power rails are supported, while the LED current is set using an external low value resistor. By generating a 0.56V reference voltage across the resistor, the driver's internal control transistor helps minimize power losses and ensures sufficient supply voltage margin.

Due to the reference voltage's negative temperature coefficient, the output current is automatically reduced at higher temperatures, helping to protect the LED chain from any damage, thus improving overall circuit reliability. In addition, the AL5801's wide operating temperature range of -40°C to +150°C means it can be mounted immediately adjacent to LEDs where PCB space is limited.

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