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AL8807BQEV1 User Guide
General Description The AL8807BQEV1, Figure 1, is a double sided evaluation board for the AL8807BQ step‐down, or ‘buck’, LED driver with internal switch. The evaluation board is preset to drive 1A into a single LED, or multiple LEDs, the maximum number of which depends on their total forward voltage drop and the supply voltage. The operating voltage is nominally 30 volts, but it can be reduced to a minimum of 6 volts. The 68uH inductor used in the circuit is based on this nominal supply. The evaluation board should be connected as in Figure 1 below. Terminal CTRL provides a connection point for PWM dimming and shutdown. AL8807BQEV1 Specifications Parameter
Value Input Voltage LED Current LED Current Accuracy Switching Frequency Efficiency Number of LEDs 6VDC to 30VDC 1A (Adjustable) XY Dimension ±3% 100kHz 95% 2 LEDs in series (Under Tested) 2.48 ” x 1.57” EVB (Rev 1.0) Key Features •
Automotive Grade with AEC‐Q100 Qualification 6V to 30V DC input (with 2 LEDs) 1A LED current Drives 1 LED or several LEDs in series Brightness control using PWM Inherent open circuit LED protection Ambient temperature range ‐40°C to +125°C Applications •
Automotive LED Lamps Illuminated signs High Power LED driving AL8807BQEV1 Rev1
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Figure 1: Top View (Single Side Board) Connection Instructions Input Voltage: 6VDC to 30VDC (VIN, GND) LED Outputs: LED A (+), LED K (‐) Page 1 of 6
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Evaluation Board Schematic Figure 2: Evaluation Board Schematic Evaluation Board Layout
Figure 3: Top View Figure 4: Bottom View AL8807BQEV1 Rev1
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Bill of Material #
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Name
U1 D1 L1 R1
C1, C5
C2, C3
C6, C7,
C8, C9,
10 C12
11 C11
1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 Part number
Diodes Inc Diodes Inc Coilcraft generic AL8807BQMP-13
DFLS260 MSS1038‐683ML -
IC, LED Driver (MSOP‐8EP) Schottky diode, 60V/2A Inductor, shielded, 68µH 20% 0.1Ω Resistor 1/8W 1% 1206 SMD
Kemet NIC NIC 1kΩ Resistor 1/8W 1% 0805 SMD
4.7µF Cap 50V 10% X7R 1210
100nF Cap 100V 10% X7R 0805
1µF Cap 100V 10% X7R 1206
0 -
2 -
generic 1.5nF Cer Cap 100V COG 0805
Hughes 2.15mm Test Loop Terminal
5 100-108
Quick Start Guide Basic Operation at full voltage 1. Connect Vin and GND Warning: The board does not feature reverse battery/supply protection. 2. Set the PSU to 30V 3. Turn on the PSU and the LED will illuminate and the current should be approximately 680mA. Warning: Do not stare at the LED directly. Switching the output current off Shorting the CTRL pin to GND will cause the LED current to go to zero. AL8807BQEV1 Rev1
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Soft start Adding a C2 capacitor will create a soft‐start power‐up sequence (0.1ms/nF). This delay will reduce the PWM dimming performance. Changing the LED current 1. Remove R1. 2. Calculate and replace sense resistor, R1, the value of which is based on the required LED current without dimming. R1 can be calculated using following equation: R1 = 0.1V/IOUT where IOUT = the LED current. R1 = the sense resistor value in ohms. 0.1V is the nominal sense voltage with ‘CTRL’ open circuit or set to 2.5V. The device calculator at the address below can be used to speed up the redesign phase: Performance The system efficiency depends on the sense resistor, supply voltage, switching frequency and the number of LEDs. With a 12V supply and two LEDs, the switching frequency is typically 102kHz, and the efficiency level is 88%. AL8807BQ Operation In normal operation, when a voltage is applied at +Vin, the AL8807BQ internal NDMOS switch is turned on. Current starts to flow through sense resistor R1, inductor L1, and the LED. The current ramps up linearly, the ramp rate being determined by the input voltage +Vin and the inductor L1. This rising current produces a voltage ramp across R1. The internal circuit of the AL8807BQ senses the voltage across R1 and applies a proportional voltage to the input of the internal comparator. When this voltage reaches an internally set upper threshold, the NDMOS switch is turned off. The inductor current continues to flow through R1, L1, the LED and the Schottky diode D1, and back to the supply rail, but it decays, with the rate of decay determined by the forward voltage drop of the LEDs and the Schottky diode. This decaying current produces AL8807BQEV1 Rev1
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a falling voltage at R1, which is sensed by the AL8807BQ. A voltage proportional to the sense voltage across R1 is applied at the input of the internal comparator. When this voltage falls to the internally set lower threshold, the NDMOS switch is turned on again. This switch‐on‐and‐off cycle continues to provide the average LED current set by the sense resistor R1. Please refer to the datasheets for the threshold limits, AL8807BQ internal circuits, electrical characteristics and parameters. AL8807BQEV1 Evaluation Board Reference Design The AL8807BQEV1 is configured to the reference design in Figure 2. The operating voltage is up to 30V. The nominal current is set at 1A with a 0R1 sense resistor R1. The circuit operates in continuous mode between approximately 40kHz and 130kHz, depending on the input voltage, and with a 68uH inductor and one LED. PWM dimming can be achieved by driving the CTRL pin. Driving the CTRL pin below 0.4V will shut down the output current. A PWM signal (low level ≤ 0.4V and high level > 2.5) allows the output current to be adjusted above or below the level set by the resistor connected to SET input pin. The PWM frequency can be around 100Hz to 1kHz, providing a resolution of 10 bits. For low frequency PWM, C2 should be removed from the evaluation board, to give a more accurate duty cycle. Shorting R2 will connect the test pin CTRL to device pin CTRL, if required. For further advice, please contact your local Diodes Field Applications Engineer. AL8807BQEV1 Rev1
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