L99LDLH32: Revolutionizing Tech with Digital OLED LED Driver

By: Bipin Pande, Technical Marketing Manager, STMicroelectronics Pvt Ltd

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STMicroelectronics’ L99LDLH32 linear current regulator delivers a convenient, integrated solution for dynamic automotive lighting controlled using CAN-FD Light protocol. Ideal for use with OLED lamps that provide bright, homogeneous, and high-contrast lighting from a small surface area, the new driver lets designers produce complex light patterns and effects that enhance safety and styling.

Monolithically integrated using ST’s BCD9sL process, the L99LDLH32 is AEC-Q100 qualified. It is available as 7mm x 7mm QFN48 package with wettable flanks and an exposed thermal pad to aid dissipation. With 32 regulated current sources, independently programmable from 1mA to 15mA, the L99LDLH32 can drive individual pixels in external and interior lighting applications. Global dimming is also provided, with 8-bit resolution. While powered at the vehicle battery voltage, the driver produces outputs of up to 35V to cover a wide light emitter forward-voltage spread.

The integrated CAN FD Light protocol handler and transceiver simplify connection to the vehicle’s communication infrastructure and controlling domain ECU (electronic control unit). Based on proven industry standards, CAN FD Light’s synchronized commander/responder communication, conceived for controlling simple devices like lights and sensors, saves costly external components such as timing crystals. On the other hand, the data bandwidth of 1Mbit/s enables designers to create complex animated light patterns and permits smoothly modulated transitions and dimming.

In addition, on-chip non-volatile memory allows programming of parameters such as current level and PWM dimming for stand-alone operation, to provide a failsafe mode to cover malfunctioning of the communication bus or controller. Targeting roles including safety-critical lighting such as taillights, stoplights, and turn indicators, the L99LDLH32 provides features for a high level of functional safety. These include a fault-status pin, voltage and temperature monitors, a programmable timeout watchdog, and short-circuit and open-load detection. In addition, frequency dithering optimizes and minimizes electromagnetic emissions.

L99LDLH32 - 32-channel LED driver enabling the technology revolution with digital OLED

L99LDLH32 Eval board provides an easy way to connect L99LDLH32 into existing systems. Device and Eval boards and ready to order. Please contact local ST sales office for pricing options and sample requests.