Triac-Dimmable LED Driver from Diodes Incorporated Delivers Excellent Dimmer Compatibility for 230/120VAC Lamps

PLANO, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 23, 2016 — Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today introduced the AL1697 LED driver. This device targets line-powered, triac-dimmable LED lighting applications. It also provides compatibility with leading- and trailing-edge triac dimmers using a single-stage, high power-factor dimming circuit that complies with the NEMA SSL-6 dimming curve, delivering optimal line and load regulation. This integrated MOSFET eliminates the need for auxiliary winding, which lowers BOM cost and enables a smaller PCB, making this an attractive and competitive solution for driving LED lamps up to 15W.

The AL1697 is a high-precision, high-efficiency, buck-boost LED driver whose topology provides an accurate output current that enables exceptional line and load regulation. This design eliminates auxiliary winding and supports non-isolated (buck-boost) operation to address the isolation requirements for different lamps. Operating in boundary-conduction mode achieves higher conversion efficiency while also reducing switching noise and eases EMI design. The device features a low, 130μA startup current and a low operating current of 170μA.

The MOSFET options provide a drain-source, on-resistance specification of 4Ω for operation up to 2A at 600V, or a super-junction RDS(ON) of 1.8Ω that can support 4A at 650V. The AL1697 offers standard internal protection features, such as output short-circuit, over-temperature, under-voltage lockout, leading-edge blanking and cycle-by-cycle over-current protection. The device also features over-voltage/output-open and thermal foldback protection for enhanced safety and reliability.

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About Diodes Incorporated

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a Standard and Poor’s SmallCap 600 and Russell 3000 Index company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic, analog and mixed-signal semiconductor markets. Diodes serves the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive markets. Diodes’ products include diodes, rectifiers, transistors, MOSFETs, protection devices, function-specific arrays, single gate logic, amplifiers and comparators, Hall-effect and temperature sensors; power management devices, including LED drivers, AC-DC converters and controllers, DC-DC switching and linear voltage regulators, and voltage references along with special function devices, such as USB power switches, load switches, voltage supervisors, and motor controllers. Diodes’ corporate headquarters and Americas’ sales office are located in Plano, Texas and Milpitas, California. Design, marketing, and engineering centers are located in Plano; Milpitas, California; Taipei, Taiwan; Taoyuan City, Taiwan, Zhubei City, Taiwan, Manchester, England; and Neuhaus, Germany. Diodes’ wafer fabrication facilities are located in Kansas City, Missouri and Manchester, with an additional facility located in Shanghai, China. Diodes has assembly and test facilities located in Shanghai, in Jinan, in Chengdu, and in Yangzhou, China, as well as in Hong Kong, Neuhaus and in Taipei. Additional engineering, sales, warehouse, and logistics offices are located in Taipei; Hong Kong; Manchester; Shanghai; Shenzhen, China; Seongnam-si, South Korea; and Munich, Germany, with support offices throughout the world.

On November 24, 2015, Diodes Incorporated acquired Pericom Semiconductor Corporation with headquarters in Milpitas, California, and with design centers and technical sales and support offices globally. Pericom enables serial connectivity with the industry’s most complete solutions for the computing, communications, consumer and embedded market segments. Pericom’s analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, along with its frequency control products are essential in the timing, switching, bridging and conditioning of high-speed signals required by today’s ever-increasing speed and bandwidth demanding applications.


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