RGB/White/Blue 8-LED Fun Light Driver
LP3944 is an integrated device capable of independently driving 8 LEDs This device also contains an internal precision Oscillator that provides all the necessary Timing required for driving each LED Two prescaler Registers along with two PWM Registers provide a versatile duty cycle control. The LP3944 contains the ability to dim LEDs in SMBus I2C applications where it is required to cut down on bus traffic.
Traditionally, to dim LEDs using a serial Shift register such as 74LS594/5 would require a large amount of traffic to be on the serial bus. LP3944 instead requires only the setup of the frequency and duty cycle for each output pin. From then on, only a single command from the host is required to turn each individual open drain output ON, OFF, or to cycle a programmed frequency and duty cycle. Maximum output sink current is 25 mA per pin and 200 mA per package. Any ports not used for controlling the LEDs CAN be used for general purpose input/output expansion.
By National Semiconductor Corporation
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