|By Business Wire||
|October 15, 2013 11:41 AM EDT||
Dialog Semiconductor plc (FWB: DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, audio, AC/DC and short-range wireless technologies, today debuted the iW7025, a 16-channel LED backlight driver that delivers enhanced picture quality, robust, patented short protection and lower cost for next-generation 2D and 3D LCD TVs. Dialog's patented AnyMode(TM) dimming gives TV OEMs the industry's most comprehensive dimming options to improve picture quality and the most extensive set of short protection features to prevent circuit failures and safety issues.
The iW7025 was developed by Dialog's Power Conversion Business Group (formerly iWatt Inc.) and extends Dialog's addressable market into the LCD TV backlighting power management space.
A key challenge for LED TV designers is how to easily reduce motion blur and deliver a high contrast ratio. With conventional LED drivers this requires complex calculations and algorithms to configure the LED current phases to optimally synchronize the LCD panel backlight to the video frame refresh rate. The iW7025's AnyMode dimming solves this issue by providing comprehensive, simple and flexible dimming options that improve LED TV picture quality and reduce design complexity. These dimming modes include high frequency pulse width modulation (PWM) up to 4kHz, scanning-mode PWM, configurable phase-shift, 8-bit analog, 13-bit local and hybrid dimming.
AnyMode dimming enables continuous PWM signals or burst PWM signals that are fully synchronized to the video frame at the same or higher frequency. The PWM duty cycle can be updated in each video frame and with user-configurable tail or head delays. This gives designers more options to reduce motion blur and improve the contrast ratio. A built-in phase-locked loop (PLL) further ensures jitter-free operation even with a noisy VSYNC signal.
The iW7025 also helps TV OEMs address safety and reliability issues by incorporating the most robust short detection and protection features. These include individual LED short, channel-to-channel short, current sink MOSFET drain-to-source short, bipolar junction transistor (BJT) collector-to-emitter short, current sense resistor short, and chip-to-chip string short protection across multiple LED drivers. LED open-fault detection and over-temperature protection are also included.
The rich features of the iW7025 make it an ideal choice for edge-lit and direct-lit LED LCD TV designs. The iW7025 uses external LED current sinks and up to two external DC converters (boost, buck, LLC, etc.) for the LED driver to enable easy current and voltage scaling (600mA or more per channel and Vout to 85V maximum). This allows designers to source one part type to meet requirements spanning medium- to large-size LCD TVs and monitors.
The iW7025 reduces the bill of materials (BOM) cost in a number of ways. The digital control engine generates the PWM wave form and manages all fault conditions, eliminating the need for expensive microcontrollers. In addition to external MOSFETs, the iW7025 supports lower cost BJTs for further BOM cost savings. The 85V drain sensing capability removes the need for external diodes usually required for LED short-circuit fault management, as well as cascodes or zener clamps typically required for protection. A wide, 10V to 28V input supply voltage range makes the iW7025 compatible with existing TV power systems, eliminating the need for a separate voltage rail.
The PWM dimming range of the iW7025 is 0% to 100%, with 13-bit resolution. Precise control of the PWM output position and the PWM duty cycle offer the flexibility to support both patterned retarder (PR) and shutter glass (SG) 3D technologies, while hybrid dimming lets users mix PWM and analog dimming modes to maximize system efficiency. Phase-shift dimming allows the use of smaller output capacitors, eliminating audible noise, improving electromagnetic interference (EMI), and lowering cost.
The iW7025 provides high, ±2% channel-to-channel matching accuracy and ±0.5% absolute current accuracy to deliver uniform brightness across the entire display. It comes in two package options: a 64-pin, 10mm x 10mm, thin QFP with 0.5mm pitch and a 64-pin, 14mm x 14mm, thin QFP with 0.8mm pitch, both with pin-outs optimised for single-layer PCB layout.
iW7025 Key Features
- 16-channel LED driver controller, 85V (max) LED voltage per channel
- AnyMode comprehensive dimming control for higher picture quality
- Robust short protection: individual LED short, channel-to-channel short, current sink MOSFET drain-to-source short, BJT collector-to-emitter short, current sense resistor short, chip-to-chip string short
- External LED current sink MOSFETs/BJTs for maximum flexibility and lower BOM cost
- Wide input voltage: 10V to 28V
- Scalable LED current
- Supports both 2D and 3D LCD TV modes
- Digitally controlled scanning mode
- PWM dimming range: 0% to 100%
- SPI daisy-chain interface simplifies design when supporting more than 16 LED strings
The iW7025 is available now in production quantities and is priced at US $1.54 each in 1000-piece quantities, for either the 64-pin 10mm x 10mm TQFP or 64-pin 14mm x 14mm TQFP package. Product brief is available: iW7025 Product Brief.
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AnyMode dimming is a trademark of iWatt Inc., an affiliated company of Dialog Semiconductor plc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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About Dialog Semiconductor
Dialog Semiconductor creates highly integrated, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), optimised for personal portable, low energy short-range wireless, LED solid state lighting and automotive applications. The company provides flexible and dynamic support, world-class innovation and the assurance of dealing with an established business partner.
With its focus and expertise in energy-efficient system power management and a technology portfolio that also includes audio, short-range wireless, AC/DC power conversion and multi-touch, Dialog brings decades of experience to the rapid development of ICs for personal portable and digital consumers applications, including smartphones, tablets, Ultrabooks(TM) and digital cordless phones.
Dialog's power management processor companion chips increase the performance of portable devices by extending battery lifetime, enabling faster charging and enhancing the consumer's multimedia experience. With world-class manufacturing partners, Dialog operates a fabless business model.
Dialog Semiconductor plc is headquartered near Stuttgart with a global sales, R&D and marketing organisation. In 2012, it had $774 million in revenue and was one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor companies. It currently has approximately 1,000 employees worldwide. The company is listed on the Frankfurt (FWB: DLG) stock exchange (Regulated Market, Prime Standard, ISIN GB0059822006) and is a member of the German TecDax index. It also has convertible bonds listed on the Euro MTF Market on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange (ISIN XS0757015606).
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