The LM3559 is a 2-MHz fixed-frequency synchronous boost converter with two 900-mA
constant current drivers for high-current white LEDs. The dual high-side current sources allow for
grounded cathode LED operation and can be tied together for providing flash currents of up to 1.8
A. An adaptive regulation method ensures the current for each LED remains in regulation and
The LM3559 is controlled via an I2C-compatible interface.
Features include: an internal 4-bit ADC to monitor the LED voltage, independent LED current
control, a hardware flash enable allowing a logic input to trigger the flash pulse, dual TX inputs
which force the flash pulse into a low-current torch mode allowing for synchronization to RF power
amplifier events or other high-current conditions, an integrated comparator designed to monitor an
NTC thermistor and provide an interrupt to the LED current, an input voltage monitor to monitor low
battery conditions, and a flash current scale-back feature that actively monitors the battery
voltage and optimizes the flash current during low battery-voltage conditions. Additionally, an
active high HWEN input provides a hardware shutdown during system software failures.
The 2-MHz switching frequency, overvoltage protection, and adjustable current limit allow
for the use of tiny, low-profile (1-µH or 2.2-µH) inductors and (10-µF) ceramic capacitors. The
device is available in a ultra-small 16-pin DSBGA package (total solution size < 26
mm2) and operates over the –40°C to +85°C temperature range.
For all available packages, see the orderable addendum at the
end of the data sheet.
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