MIC4833 Dual EL Lamp Drivers Illuminate the Lighting Market

Micrel's MIC4833 is a low noise dual Electroluminescent (EL) panel driver used in backlighting applications

MIC4833 Dual EL Lamp Drivers Illuminate the Lighting MarketThe MIC4833 is a low noise dual Electroluminescent (EL) Panel driver used in backlighting applications. The MIC4833 converts a low DC voltage to a high DC voltage using a boost converter and then alternates the high DC voltage across the EL panels using an H-bridge.

The MIC4833 incorporates internal wave-shaping circuitry specifically designed to reduce audible noise emitted by EL panels. The two EL panels may be dimmed by applying a PWM signal to the device. The MIC4833 drives two outputs from a single inductor and requires a minimum number of passive components. It features an operating input voltage range of 2.3 V to 5.8 V, making it suitable for 1-cell Li-ion and 2- or 3-cell alkaline/NiCad/NiMH battery applications.

An external resistor may be used to adjust the output voltage slew rate to reduce audible noise. The MIC4833 features separate oscillators for the boost and H-bridge stages to allow independent control. External resistors set the operating frequencies of each stage allowing the EL circuit to optimize efficiency and brightness.

Features Applications
  • Drives two EL panels, up to 4 in2 each at full brightness
  • Independent input control for each of the two panels and allows PWM dimming
  • 220 Vpp regulated AC output waveform
  • 2.3 V to 5.8 V DC input voltage
  • Wave-shaping circuit to reduce audible noise
  • Adjustable slew rate for audible noise reduction
  • Independently adjustable boost converter and EL panel frequency
  • Single inductor to power both panels
  • 0.1 µA typical shutdown current
  • 12 pin 3 mm x 3 mm MLF® package
  • -40°C to +125°C junction temperature range
  • Mobile Phones
  • MP3 Players/Portable Media Players (PMP)
  • Clocks/Watches
  • Remote Controls
  • Cordless Phones
  • GPS Devices
  • PDAs


ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable Quantity
MIC4833YML-TR datasheet linkIC DVR EL LOW NOISE 12-MLFMIC4833YML-TRIC DVR EL LOW NOISE 12-MLF0MIC4833YML-TR product page link
Published: 2008-12-17