The new A6211 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a switching buck regulator IC that provides a constant-current output of 3A for driving high-power LEDs.
The new device is designed for use in consumer, industrial and architectural lighting applications, including MR16 bulb replacements and light bars for scanners and multifunction printers. It has significant fault protection advantages including design techniques to address pin-pin shorts, pin-ground shorts and open or shorted external components.
With a wide input supply voltage from 6 to 48V, the new device integrates a high-side N-channel MOSFET switch for DC-to-DC step-down conversion. A true average current is produced using a cycle-by-cycle controlled “on” time method.
The LED current is user-configurable with an external current sense resistor, allowing the output voltage to be set to optimise constant-current supply for a wide variety of LED configurations including multiple LEDs in series, in a single string or in parallel.