The MAX6970 serial-interfaced LED driver provides eight open-drain, constant-current-sinking LED driver outputs rated at 36V. The device operates from a 3V to 5.5V supply. The MAX6970 supply and the LEDs' supply can power up in any order. The constant-current outputs are programmed together up to 55mA using a single external resistor. The MAX6970 operates with a 25Mbps, industry-standard, 4-wire serial interface. The MAX6970 uses the industry-standard shift-register-plus-latch-type serial interface. The driver accepts data shifted into an 8-bit shift register using data input DIN and clock input CLK. Input data appears at output DOUT eight clock cycles later to allow cascading of multiple MAX6970s. The latch-enable input, LE, loads the 8 bits of shift register data into an 8-bit output latch to set which LEDs are on and which are off. The output-enable input, active-low OE , gates all eight outputs on and off, and is fast enough to be used as a PWM input for LED intensity control. For applications requiring LED fault detection, refer to the MAX6981 data sheet that automatically detects open-circuit LEDs. For safety-related applications requiring a watchdog timer, refer to the MAX6980 data sheet, which includes a fail-safe feature that blanks the display if the serial interface becomes inactive for more than 1s. The MAX6970 is one of a family of 10 shift-register-plus-latch-type LED drivers. The family includes 8-port and 16-port types, with 5.5V- or 36V-rated LED outputs, with and without open-circuit LED detection and watchdog. All versions operate from a 3V to 5.5V supply, and are specified over the -40°C to +125°C temperature range.
25Mbps Industry-Standard 4-Wire Serial Interface at 5V