LM3914

Manufacturer Part NumberLM3914
ManufacturerTexas Instruments
LM3914 datasheet
 


Specifications of LM3914

Output Channels10Led Voltage(max)(v)17
Pin/package18PDIP, 20PLCCRegulated Outputs(#)10
Iout(max)(a)0.03Led ConfigurationParallel
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APPLICATION TIPS FOR THE LM3914 ADJUSTABLE
REFERENCE
Greatly Expanded Scale (Bar Mode Only)
Placing the LM3914 internal resistor divider in parallel with a
section (.230Ω) of a stable, low resistance divider greatly
reduces voltage changes due to IC resistor value changes
with temperature. Voltage V
should be trimmed to 1.1V first
1
by use of R2. Then the voltage V
across the IC divider string
2
can be adjusted to 200mV, using R5 without affecting V
LED current will be approximately 10mA.
Adjusting Linearity Of Several Stacked
dividers
Three internal voltage dividers are shown connected in se-
ries to provide a 30-step display. If the resulting analog meter
is to be accurate and linear the voltage on each divider must
be adjusted, preferably without affecting any other adjust-
ments. To do this, adjust R2 first, so that the voltage across
R5 is exactly 1V. Then the voltages across R3 and R4 can
be independently adjusted by shunting each with selected
resistors of 6kΩ or higher resistance. This is possible be-
cause the reference of LM3914 No. 3 is acting as a constant
current source.
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Non-Interacting Adjustments For Expanded Scale
Meter (4.5V to 5V, Bar or Dot Mode)
This arrangement allows independent adjustment of LED
brightness regardless of meter span and zero adjustments.
First, V
is adjusted to 5V, using R2. Then the span (voltage
1
across R4) can be adjusted to exactly 0.5V using R6 without
affecting the previous adjustment.
R9 programs LED currents within a range of 2.2mA to 20mA
after the above settings are made.
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1
Greatly Expanded Scale (Bar Mode Only)
The references associated with LM3914s No. 1 and No. 2
should have their Ref Adj pins (pin 8) wired to ground, and
their Ref Outputs loaded by a 620Ω resistor to ground. This
makes available similar 20mA current outputs to all the LEDs
in the system.
If an independent LED brightness control is desired (as in
the previous application), a unity gain buffer, such as the
LM310, should be placed between pin 7 and R1, similar to
the previous application.
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