AnalogicTech's New Lighting Management Unit Accelerates Smart Phone Design

LMU Shrinks Footprint, Speeds Design by Integrating 8 Configurable LED Channels for Backlighting, 4 LDOs for Powering Camera Modules

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. (AnalogicTech(TM)) (NASDAQ: AATI), a developer of power management integrated circuits, announced today the AAT2862, a new lighting management unit (LMU) that drives up to eight LEDs and integrates four low-dropout (LDOs) linear regulators. Optimized for single-cell Lithium-ion/polymer powered systems, the AAT2862's unique capabilities are ideal for I(2)C-based high performance smart phones and other mobile devices that require the integration of two camera modules. The new LMU also adds an automatic fade-in/fade-out backlight control that simplifies design and reduces processor overhead.

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"Given the complexity and diversity of feature sets found in today's cell phone product lines, designers can gain tremendous advantage in terms of design time and cost by using the same power management solution in multiple products," said Phil Dewsbury, product line director for AnalogicTech. "By delivering industry-standard I(2)C programmability across nine different LED combinations and I(2)C control across 16 different voltage settings for each LDO, the AAT2862 provides the level of versatility designers require to build complex products in short design cycles."

Tri-mode Charge Pump Improves Efficiency

Operating from a 2.7V to 5.5V input voltage, the AAT2862 drives up to eight backlight LEDs at up to 30 mA each. To ensure constant current over the entire battery range, the LEDs are driven from a tri-mode charge pump which automatically switches between 1x, 1.5x and 2x modes to maximize operating efficiency. The charge pump's high 1 MHz operating frequency permits the use of small 1 uF ceramic capacitors.

The eight LED outputs are programmable from 500 uA up to 30 mA. Two LED outputs can be programmed up to 60 mA each. Current can be set to any of 32 separate levels via an industry-standard I(2)C interface. To ensure uniform display brightness, current matching is better than 3%. To balance power dissipation, high current matching exceeds 5%.

The new LMU also features three programmable automatic fade-in/fade-out times for backlight control. By implementing this function in hardware instead of software, processor overhead is reduced.

The AAT2862 also features four high performance low noise LDOs. The output of each LDO is programmable via the I(2)C serial interface to any of 16 voltages between 1.2V and 3.3V. Each regulator can supply up to 200 mA load current. To support battery-operated applications, ground-pin current is limited to 80 uA.

To ensure device integrity, the AAT2862 also features automatic soft start and built-in thermal protection.

Price and Availability

The AAT2862 is qualified across the -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C temperature range. It is available in a PB-free, 24-pin TQFN34 package. It sells for $1.81 in 1K quantities.

About AnalogicTech

Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc. (AnalogicTech) is a supplier of Total Power Management(TM) semiconductor solutions for a variety of consumer, communications, and computing systems. The company focuses its design and marketing efforts on the application-specific power management needs of such devices as mobile handsets, smart phones, digital cameras, netbooks / notebooks, personal navigation systems, and wireless LANs. AnalogicTech also develops and licenses device, process, package, and application-related technologies. AnalogicTech is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and Macau, S.A.R., with offices in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and the U.K., as well as a worldwide network of sales reps and distributors. The company is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol AATI. For more information, please visit www.analogictech.com. (AnalogicTech - G)

AnalogicTech and the AnalogicTech logo are trademarks of Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated. All other brand and product names appearing in this document are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

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