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New Vishay Siliconix ICs Drive White LEDs With High Efficiency up to 80% in Backlighting Applications for Compact Portable Electronics

New Devices Require a Minimum of External Components to Support Handheld Displays With Uniform, Controlled Brightness


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Products mentioned:

SiP12401
SiP12501
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MALVERN, Pennsylvania — June 22, 2005 — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH), today released two new white LED drivers that deliver high efficiency up to 80% during operation in compact handheld and battery-operated electronics.

The new SiP12401 boost controller and SiP12501 boost converter are optimized to provide efficient, controlled brightness in applications including white LED backlighting for LCD displays in portable electronics such as cell phones and digital cameras.

The SiP12401 boost controller IC uses double-cell NiMH or Alkaline and Li-ion batteries to drive white LEDs connected in series for uniformly bright backlighting without the need for ballast resistors. It supports an input voltage range of 1.8 V to 5.0 V.

Designed to drive white LEDs connected in parallel, the SiP12501 is a boost converter IC for single- or double-cell NiMH or Alkaline battery packs. An internal low-threshold power MOSFET allows the device to start up with a low battery voltage of 0.65 V. The SiP12501 accepts input voltages from 0.65 V to 3.3 V and regulates an output current up to 60 mA from a 0.9-V input. The performance of the converter is enhanced through thermal shutdown protection and anti-ringing control that minimizes EMI.

Both devices feature a voltage-mode PWM design with internal frequency compensation to help reduce overall component count and enable design of smaller, lighter end products. For prolonged battery life, operation in PWM mode with 600-kHz switching yields high typical efficiency of 80% and 75%, respectively, for the SiP12401 and SiP12501. The LED current may be adjusted externally for analog control over intensity. Logic-controlled shutdown is provided with just 1 microamp of standby current.

The two LED drivers announced today are available in a lead (Pb)-free, 6-pin PowerPAK® MLP33 package and are rated for operation over the industrial temperature range of 40 °C to +85 °C.

Samples and production quantities of the new SiP12401 and SiP12501 are available now, with lead times of six to eight weeks for larger orders.

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, power supplies, and medical markets. Vishay’s product innovations, successful acquisition strategy, and "one-stop shop" service have made it a global industry leader. Vishay can be found on the Internet at www.vishay.com.

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