Programmable LED dimmer using PIC16F18325

Programmable LED dimmer

LUKAS FÄSSLER designed a versatile programmable LED dimmer using PIC16F18325 MCU to drive white and RGB LEDs. It operates at a wide range of power supply (6 to 26 volts) and utilizes MOSFET drivers with non-inverting outputs.

Programmable LED dimmer

Programmable LED dimmer

The mosfet drivers are basically the same as before but now with non-inverting outputs: LM5111-1M. There are two of them for a total of 4 outputs compared to only 3 with the previous version.
They now drive much (physically) smaller but no less capable mosfets which allowed me to significantly downsize the whole board to 75x65mm.  The NXP BUK9Y12-40E are rated at 40 volts and offer an on-resistance of 12 milliohms (max @ 25 degrees ) with a 5V drive as we have here. Their large thermal pads a the bottom (NXP calls that package LFPAK) pass heat efficiently to the PCB which then serves as a heat sink. There is also a 30V version that offers even better performance but with a maximum input voltage of 26 volts I thought the 40V version is the safer choice.

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