Melexis launches latest multichannel RGB LED driver

Melexis has launched .the LX81117, its latest multichannel RGB LED driver. This product supports the MeLiBu high-speed communication licence-free IP which enables intelligent animated automotive lighting concepts.

The technology is already being leveraged by car manufacturers to enhance the safety features of their latest models. The MLX81117 extends the MeLiBu product family with even better colour-mixing accuracy of delta UV of <0.01.

Car manufacturers continue to adopt animated lighting in the cabin, to provide important information such as driver-assistance prompts, vehicle status updates or advanced comfort functions like adaptive roof light. It is becoming increasingly mainstream to use RGB LED lightbars to communicate with the driver through colour-coded, colour-changing and blinking sequences. However, there a number of engineering challenges, such as maintaining consistent colour across all of the LEDs in the lightbar and implementing simultaneous light changes.

The MLX81117 looks to address these by integrating the Melexis MeLiBu high-speed communication interface IP. MeLiBu controls individual LEDs to implement the lighting effects defined by the vehicle’s systems. The intelligent RGB-LED controller also provides real-time compensation of any colour drift caused by environmental changes, and color-mixing accuracy with a delta UV of <0.01% to eliminate any distinguishable differences between LEDs.

The MeLiBu communication interface uses a CAN-FD physical layer to deliver robust and reliable performance at up to 2 Mbit speeds. MeLiBu also delivers intelligent and high resolution operation to mitigate temperature-related color drift, to maintain a consistent and non-distracting user experience under all operating conditions.

The MLX81117 LED driver IC’s additional features include brightness control across a wide dimming range, which allows adjustments for natural light levels. The MLX81117 complies with ISO 26262 functional safety requirements up to safety integrity level B (ASIL B) and the design also delivers low EMI and high levels of immunity, helping designers to meet EMC regulations.