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Ricoh launches the R1580, a Constant Current LED Driver Controller for LED lighting applications

Amstelveen, the Netherlands, April 18, 2016 - Ricoh Europe (Netherlands) B.V. Semiconductor Support Centre proudly presents the R1580, a constant current LED driver controller IC. A solution with a new concept for a wide range of applications using LED driver control gear such as residential and office lighting, industrial lighting for machine vision purposes, automotive lighting and art and museum lighting.

The multi-purpose device R1580 has three key features:
- The R1580N eliminates flickering and EMI noise issues. The device has a specific DIM input pin to connect a signal for dimming the LED brightness level. Traditional Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) dimming is obtained by applying full current to the LED at a reduced duty cycle. As for 50% brightness, full current is applied at a 50% duty cycle. This pulsing signal is also forwarded to the gate of the LED driver MOSFET resulting in a flickering light source. When using such light source for recording a video or taking photos, this flickering effect will decrease in the quality of the footage.

In addition, the PWM controlled LED driver MOSFET also causes EMI noise, possibly affecting other sensitive electronic circuits. The R1580 however has a different approach. The PWM input signal connected to the DIM pin is internally converted into a linear DC voltage applied to the gate of the LED driver MOSFET, in this way eliminating both flickering and EMI noise and resulting in high quality footage.RICOH R1580N Constant Current LED Driver Controller for LED lighting applications

- The R1580 has an exceptional wide dimming range; from 100% to 1.0% or even to 0.5% brightness level, whereas conventional products can dim down to 5%. One major advantage of dimming to a 0.5% brightness level when used in an RGB LED configuration, is the extension of the colour temperature range. The light source is able to show more colour variations. Also, when dimming to a minimum the LED will not simply turn off at the 5% dimming level but continues to dim to 0.5%.

- The R1580N provides a constant current. The constant-current source eliminates changes in current due to variations in forward voltage, resulting in a constant LED brightness. The input power supply regulates the voltage across a current-sense resistor. The power supply reference voltage and the value of the current sense resistor determine the LED current. Multiple LEDs should be connected in a series configuration to maintain an identical current flowing in each LED.
With an external LED driver MOSFET to add to the R1580, the circuit can be adapted to suit the requirements of the specific application. The device comes in a version with a dimming range from 100% to 1.0%, a version dimming to 0.5% and a version dimming to 1.0% but with a lower stand-by current consumption. The R1580 is available in a 6-pin SOT-23-6 package for applications that require a small footprint solution when board space is limited.

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Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,236 billion yen (approx. 21.7 billion USD).

The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

Under its corporate tagline, imagine, change, Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.

In March 2001 Ricoh Europe (Netherlands) B.V. established the Semiconductor Support Centre to represent the services of Ricoh Electronics Devices Company Japan in Europe. The Semiconductor Support Centre supports European distributors and electronics designers and manufacturers with their applications or other enquiries for Power Management and Real Time Clock ICs.

In July 2013 Ricoh Electronics Devices Company became ISO / TS16949:2009 certified; it is an important additional improvement of our quality management system for the design, development and manufacturing of semiconductor products for the automotive market.

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