LT8500 -48-Channel LED PWM Generator with 12-Bit Resolution and 50MHz Cascadable Serial Interface


  • 3V to 5.5V Input Voltage
  • 48 Independent PWM Outputs
  • TTL/CMOS Logic 50MHz Serial Data Interface
  • 12-Bit (4096 Steps) PWM Width Resolution
  • 6-Bit (64 Steps) PWM Correction (±50% of Programmed PWM Width)
  • Up to 6.1kHz PWM Frequency (PWMCK = 25MHz)
  • Phase-Shift Option Reduces Switching Noise
  • Directly Controls Three LT3595A 16-Channel LED Drivers
  • Diagnostic Information: Sync Error/Open LED Flags
  • 56-Pin (6mm × 6mm × 0.78mm) TLA QFN Package

Typical Application

LT8500 Typical Application


The LT®8500 is a pulse width modulation (PWM) generator with 48 independent channels. Each channel has an individually adjustable 12-bit (4096-step) PWM register and a 6-bit (64-step) ±50% correction register. All controls are programmable via a simple serial data interface. Three banks of 16-channels each can be configured such that they operate 120° out-of-phase with each other.

The LT8500 features two diagnostic information flags: synchronization error and open LED. The flags are sent, with additional state information, on the serial data interface during status read back. The 50MHz cascadable serial data interface includes buffering and skew-balancing, making the chip suitable for PWM intensive applications such as large screen LCD dynamic backlighting and mono-, multi- and full-color LED displays. The LT8500 is also ideally suited to control three LT3595A LED drivers.


For complete and up to date package information and drawings, please refer to our packaging page

Part Number Package Code Temp Package
LT8500ETJ#PBF 6x6 QFN-56 TLA QFN E 05-08-1968 Yes
LT8500ETJ#TRPBF 6x6 QFN-56 TLA QFN E 05-08-1968 Yes
LT8500ITJ#PBF 6x6 QFN-56 TLA QFN I 05-08-1968 Yes
LT8500ITJ#TRPBF 6x6 QFN-56 TLA QFN I 05-08-1968 Yes

LT8500 Package Drawing
LT8500 Package Drawing

Order Info

  • Part numbers ending in PBF are lead free. Solder plated terminal finish (SnPb) versions are non-standard and special terms and conditions and pricing applies if available. Please contact LTC marketing for information.
  • Part numbers containing TR or TRM are shipped in tape and reel or 500 unit mini tape and reel, respectively
  • Please refer to our general ordering information or the product datasheet for more details

Package Variations and Pricing

Part Number Package Temp Price
LT8500ETJ#PBF 6x6 QFN-56 E $4.22 $2.95 Yes
LT8500ETJ#TRPBF 6x6 QFN-56 E $3.01 Yes
LT8500ITJ#PBF 6x6 QFN-56 I $4.64 $3.25 Yes
LT8500ITJ#TRPBF 6x6 QFN-56 I $3.31 Yes
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Part Number Description Price Documentation
DC1552A LT8500EUHH/LT3595AEUHH Demo Board | 48-Channel LED Driver (3x LT3595A) with PWM Generator (LT8500)and Serial Interface $225.00
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