Jan 16, 2013

LED driver IC


MP3302 is a boost converter IC specifically designed for LED drive applications. The MP3302 can drive 27 LEDs (9 strings of 3 white LEDs in series) from a Lithium ion battery. The IC has internal power MOSFETs for driving the LEDs and has an efficiency of 88%. Switching frequency is 1.3MHz and the internal current limit is 1.33A. Other features of the MP3302 are open load shut down, thermal shut down, under voltage lock out etc. Applications of Mp3302 are LED back lights, LED based lighting gadgets etc.  Functional block diagram of the MP3302 is shown below (Fig1).

 The IC uses a constant current , peak current mode step up regulator scheme for regulating the current through the LEDs. At the beginning of each oscillator cycle, the control circuitry switches the power MOSFET ON. For preventing sub harmonic oscillation, a stabilizing ramp signal is added to the current sense amplifiers output and the resultant signal is given to the non inverting input of the PWM comparator. When this  resultant voltage  is equal to the voltage at the PWM comparator’s inverting input (output voltage of the error amplifier), the power MOSFET is switched OFF. The error amplifier’s output is the difference between the feedback voltage and the reference voltage. When the output voltage drops, the feedback voltage also drops and  this in  increases the output of the error amplifier. This in turn increases duty cycle of the power MOSFET drive signal produced by the control circuitry which increase the duty cycle of the power MOSFET, it conducts more current and the output voltage is regulated. Circuit diagram of a 27 LED driver circuit using MP3302 is shown below (Fig 2).

MP3302 LED driver circuit diagram.


C1 is the input bypass capacitor and C2 is the output bypass capacitor. Resistor R1 is the feedback resistor and it controls the LED current. The governing equation is: LED current = 195mV /R1. Resistors tagged R are the current limiting resistors for the corresponding strings and they can be used for limiting the maximum brightness of the LEDs. A voltage level less than 0.4V to the EN pin will shut down the IC and a voltage level greater than 0.7V will enable the IC. Dimming of the LEDs can be achieved by providing a PWM signal in the range of 200Hz to 1KHz  to the EN pin. The absolute minimum amplitude of the PWM signal is 1.5V. The built in open load protection circuit will shut down the IC when ever the output voltage goes above 38V. The IC will remain in the shut down mode until the power supply is re switched.

Selection of R1 is shown in the table below.

LED current (mA) R1 (ohm)
1 195
5 39
10 19.5
20 9.75
60 3.25
180 1.08


  • While designing the PCB make tracks of the current loops, Schottky diode and the output filter capacitor as short as possible.
  • C1 and C2 should be ceramic capacitors. C1 must be rated at least 10V and C2 must be rated at least 50V.
  • Inductor L1 must be a low DC resistance type.

LED driver circuit with wide input voltage range.

The figure shown below (Fig 3)  is of an LED driver circuit that can be operated from a wide supply voltage range (3.3V to 18V). This circuit too is based on  the MP3302 LED driver IC. An extra bias circuit comprising of resistor R and Zener diode D is added inorder to make the ON resistance of the power MOSFET low and make the chip compatible to high input voltages. This circuit can drive 3 parallel strings of 9 white LEDs in series. Remaining part of the circuit is similar to the LED driver shown in Fig 2.

Fixed frequency LED driver using MP3302 LED driver IC.

Circuit diagram of a fixed frequency LED driver using MP3302 led driver IC is shown in the diagram (Fig4) below. The circuit can drive a string of 10 white LEDs in series. The basic operation of this circuit is also similar to that of the LED driver shown in Fig 2.

LED driver operating from 3V supply.

Another LED driver circuit based on the MP3302 LED driver IC. This circuit can drive 9 parallel strings of three white LEDs in series and can be operated from a 3V DC supply and it is suitable for single cell applications.

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