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Introducing the ABP Series of High Accuracy Digital or Analog Output Pressure Sensors from Honeywell
Honeywell have introduced a new range of Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, ABP Series. These new cost-effective analog and digital sensors are amplified and compensated, provide either I2C or SPI output, and are the smallest of its kind in the industry

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Driver family from Zetex meets demands of next generation LEDs


A family of three flexible LED Drivers from Zetex Semiconductors provides designers with the performance needed by the next generation of high brightness LEDs.

The ZXLD132X inductive DC-DC converter series drive single or multiple LEDs with currents from 700mA through to 1.5A, in buck, boost and buck/boost configurations. Housed in a tiny 3mm x 4mm DFN package, the drivers can reduce the circuit footprint of existing solutions by up to 50%.

Employing an innovative variable ‘on’ and ‘off’ time control scheme with an adjustable peak switch current limit, the chips are significantly simpler to control than alternative PFM solutions. The drivers also enable both LED current and peak inductor current to be set accurately and independently.

The ZXLD132X feedback control circuit ensures excellent load and current regulation, resulting in LED current stability of typically +/-3% throughout the useful life of the battery and over the extended operating temperature range of –40ºC to 125ºC. LED current can be adjusted from 100% down to 10% of preset value by applying a DC voltage signal and down to 2% using a PWM input.

The highly integrated ZXLD132X LED driver family also features a thermal control circuit that monitors an external thermistor in order to linearly reduce output current once temperature exceeds a predetermined threshold. The device can also be shut down by applying a low-level DC voltage signal.

Chris Jolly, VP Marketing, Zetex Semiconductors added, “By combining the DC-DC converter, a current monitor for accurately stabilising the output current, the thermal control circuitry and a powerful 2A NPN switching transistor into a tiny DFN package, we have enabled our customers to maximise the Lumen output they get from the latest LED technology.”

At the head of the product family, the ZXLD1320 buck mode driver will deliver up to 1.5A continuous LED current for an input voltage range of 4V to 18V. Providing up to a maximum of 24W of power, depending on supply voltage and external component selection, the device will suit halogen lamp replacement and battery driven applications.

The ZXLD1321 is a boost mode driver operating with an input voltage range of 1V to 12V and delivers an LED current of 1A, while the ZXLD1322 is a buck/boost mode driver producing 700mA for an input voltage of 2.5V to 15V. Both devices suit high power LED flashlight, LED back-up lighting and general LED driving applications.

For more information on the full range of Zetex products available from Anglia please call +44 (0)1945 474747 or email

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This news article was originally published in February 2008.

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