ON Semiconductor Launches 6-Watt LED Driver with Integrated DC-DC Boost Converter for Larger LCD Panel Backlighting

PHOENIX—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 24, 2009— ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), a leading global supplier of high-performance, energy-efficient, silicon solutions, has introduced the CAT4106 - a new 6-watt (W) LED driver with an integrated, high-power DC-DC boost converter and on-chip diagnostics to maximize efficiency in larger, general purpose LCD panel backlighting applications.

As the company’s first multi-channel boost device, the CAT4106 is capable of driving as many as 40 white LEDs – or four strings of 10 LEDs with up to 36 volts (V) per string - for a total of 6 W of LED output power. Additionally, the device enables designers to maximize backlighting efficiency and reduce space via its built-in diagnostics functions, which automatically adjust the output voltage to drive the highest forward voltage (Vf) string with the minimum head room voltage.

The on-chip diagnostic circuit allows designers to set the minimum and maximum voltage limits for the acceptable range of operation for LED strings through external programming resistors. Any channel which does not regulate within the set range of Open Circuit or Short Circuit LED will be detected and flagged on the FAULT logic output (active-low, open-drain). The device also provides thermal shutdown and overvoltage protection (OVP).

The CAT4106 features low dropout LED channels of 500 millivolts (mV) at 175 milliamps (mA) and a high-frequency pulse width modulation (PWM) interface, which supports multiple frequencies up to 2 kilohertz (kHz), providing precise, high-resolution dimming control while the device remains fully biased.


  • Four matched output LED channels
  • Integrated DC-DC boost converter
  • Up to 6-watts LED total output power
  • Low dropout LED channels, 500 mV at 175 mA
  • High-frequency PWM interface, up to 2 kHz
  • On-chip diagnostics with adjustable Short/Open LED detection
  • Packaging:
    16-lead TQFN, 4 mm x 4 mm
    16-Lead TSSOP, 4.4 mm, exposed thermal pad

Price and Availability

The CAT4106 LED driver is available in a space-saving 4 mm x 4 mm 16-lead TQFN package and a 16-lead TSSOP package with an exposed thermal pad for enhanced power dissipation for $1.06 USD per unit in 10,000 unit quantities. Samples and evaluation boards are available now. Projected lead-time for production quantities is currently 6 to 8 weeks ARO.

For additional technical information, visit www.onsemi.com or contact applications manager Fabien Franc at Email Contact.

About ON Semiconductor

With its global logistics network and strong product portfolio, ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is a preferred supplier of high-performance, energy-efficient, silicon solutions to customers in the power supply, automotive, communication, computer, consumer, medical, industrial, mobile phone, and military/aerospace markets. The company’s broad portfolio includes power, analog, DSP, mixed-signal, advance logic, clock management, non-volatile memory and standard component devices. Global corporate headquarters are located in Phoenix, Arizona. The company operates a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.

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