ADP1655 brightens digital-camera flashes

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Jul 2, 2009

Analog Devices has released a dual-white LED flash driver for battery-operated digital cameras that increases flash brightness to more than 200 lumens and improves picture quality.

The ADP1655 inductor-based flash driver improves the reliability of high-resolution camera operation in cell phones, digital still cameras, camcorders, PDAs and other camera-equipped portable devices, particularly in dark environments.

In a cell-phone application, the new driver's proprietary transmit masking function allows the camera flash to run at a higher LED current while simultaneously operating the phone's RF transceiver to monitor the cellular base station for incoming signals.

The ADP1655 integrates a 2MHz synchronous boost converter, a 500mA programmable current source and an I2C interface, which enables timers and currents to be easily programmed and data to be read back relative to system operation and safety controls.

With five per cent flash-current accuracy, the ADP1655 also improves flash brightness by allowing the camera to increase current to the LED without crossing safety thresholds that would trigger the phone to shut down.

The new driver additionally includes a high-side current source that allows the flash LED string to be connected to the camera's ground plane, eliminating the need to route the LEDs back to the IC.

This allows designers to simplify printed circuit-board routing, which reduces circuit trace length and thermal dissipation and allows the camera to be designed using a more compact layout.

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