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New Cypress Automotive LED Driver Enables the Industry’s Most Compact Solution for Front Lighting Systems

Last Updated: February 04, 2016

Small, Cost-Effective Solution Enhances Auto Makers’ Ability to Differentiate Vehicles

INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW – LAS VEGAS, Nev., January 5, 2016—LED usage for automotive front lighting applications is increasing dramatically, pushing projected LED driver demand to 120 million units by 2020. Headlights, daytime running lights, clearance lights, fog lights, and turn lights are all examples where LEDs are now commonly used due to their power, cost and size benefits. A new LED driver from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) is making LED front lighting systems smaller and more cost effective. The automotive LED driver is unique in its ability to drive a single LED at a 2.1-MHz switching frequency, which enables a compact solution that uses small, inexpensive inductors, reducing physical size and bill-of-materials costs. More information on Cypress’s Automotive LED Driver and broad portfolio of automotive solutions is available at

“LEDs use less power and are smaller in size than traditional bulbs, offering auto makers the flexibility to create signature lighting effects for their vehicles,” said Kiyoe Nagaya, vice president of the Analog Business Unit at Cypress. “Cypress has raised the bar in automotive front lighting with this compelling LED driver solution that can drive a single LED without large, expensive inductors.”

In addition, Cypress’s new S6BL111A Automotive LED Drivers feature an input voltage range of 4.5-42 V that encompass extreme operating conditions such as cold-cranking—when the automobile engine starter draws an excessive amount of current due to starting the engine in cold temperatures—or load dump—a power surge that occurs when an automobile battery is disconnected while the alternator is supplying current during engine operation. The S6BL111A is a one-channel 1A output LED driver that supports both analog and PWM dimming functions, enabling fine brightness control. The device switching frequency can be set between 205 kHz and 2.1 MHz, with high output current accuracy of +/-2%. The driver also facilitates the design of electrical system safeguards by including System Safety Functions such as over current and voltage protection, as well as the ability to mask undesired LED OPEN diagnosis during cold cranking.

Cypress offers a related kit to help designers evaluate its automotive LED technology. The Automotive LED Driver Evaluation Kit (CYALKIT-L01, CYALKIT-L02) includes an S6BL111A driver, automotive-grade peripheral components, external pins to easily monitor waveforms at each test point, and auxiliary PCB patterns to easily change circuits and add components.

Product Availability and Photo

The new S6BL111A driver is currently sampling, with production expected in the second quarter of 2016. It is available in a 16-pin HTSSOP package. A photo of the device is available below.

Cypress Enables Leading-Edge Automotive Systems

Cypress works with the world’s top automotive companies to bring leading-edge automotive systems typical of luxury models to mainstream vehicles, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), 3-D graphics displays and full-featured touchscreens. The Cypress-Spansion merger created the industry’s No. 3 provider of memories and microcontrollers (MCUs) for the automotive market with a combined portfolio that includes the Traveo™ MCU family, power-management ICs (PMICs), PSoC® programmable system-on-chip solutions, CapSense® capacitive-sensing solutions, TrueTouch® touchscreens, LED drivers, NOR flash, SRAM and F-RAM™ memories, and USB and wireless connectivity solutions. The portfolio is backed by Cypress’s commitment to zero defects, world-class service and by our adherence to the most stringent industry standards, such as the ISO/TS 16949* quality management system, the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) guidelines for ICs and the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP). Learn more at

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Cypress (NASDAQ: CY) delivers high-performance, high-quality solutions at the heart of today’s most advanced embedded systems, from automotive, industrial and networking platforms to highly interactive consumer and mobile devices. With a broad, differentiated product portfolio that includes NOR flash memories, F-RAM™ and SRAM, Traveo microcontrollers, the industry’s only PSoC® programmable system-on-chip solutions, analog and PMIC Power Management ICs, CapSense® capacitive touch-sensing controllers, and Wireless BLE Bluetooth® Low-Energy and USB connectivity solutions, Cypress is committed to providing its customers worldwide with consistent innovation, best-in-class support and exceptional system value. To learn more, go to

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