Driver Module iC-WK for N-Type LD

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The iC-WK/L device is a driver for laser diodes in continuous wave operation which requires only four external components. The wide power supply range of 2.4 to 6 V and the integrated reverse battery protection allow for battery operation with a minimum of two cells. A reversed battery connection destroys neither the iC nor the laser diode. The iC includes integrated circuitry protecting against destruction by ESD, excessive temperature and overcurrent and a soft start which regulates the power and protects the laser diode when the power supply is switched on. The iC also filters the laser diode power supply for transients. The power supply is regulated and adapted to the laser diode used by an external resistor at MDA. The monitor current acts as a reference and is regulated independent of the influence of temperature and supply voltage (range: 10 µA to 2.5 mA). The capacitor at CI determines the control time constants and start-up time. A second monitor input, pin MDK, allows the driver to be used for other types of laser diode configuration; alternatively, it can be used as an analogue modulation input (DC to a few kHz). In the event of failure, such as overcurrent in the laser path with a lack of feedback, for example, a quick power lockout is activated. The shutdown continues until power is reapplied, permitting a restart. The strain on power packs and batteries is relieved and the laser class is retained even in the event of a disturbance. iC-WK offers additional protection by means of spike detection at pin MDA. Should spikes or oscillation occur at pin MDA the power lockout is activated.


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Control loop accuracy better than 1 % with changes in temperature, supply voltage and load current
CW operation up to 90 mA from 2.4 to 6 V supply voltage
iC-WK with additional spike detection at monitor input MDA
Integrated reverse polarity protection for the iC and laser diode
Modulation via the feedback inputs is possible
Permanent shutdown with excessive temperature and overcurrent (i.e. if the laser diode is damaged or the feedback current path fails)
Rapid soft start after power-on typical within 70 s
Simple power adjustment via the external resistor
Strong suppression of transients with very small external capacitors; integrated flyback path
Two feedback inputs permit all current LD types to be used (N/P/M configurations)
Wide monitor current range from 10 A to 2.5 mA


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