An LCD Backlight-Module Driver Using a New Multi-Lamp Current Sharing Technique

Chang-Hua LIN  John Yanhao CHEN  Fuhliang WEN  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E88-C   No.11   pp.2111-2117
Publication Date: 2005/11/01
Online ISSN: 
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e88-c.11.2111
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Electronic Displays)
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Keyword: 
backlight,  current mirror,  CCFL,  liquid crystal display,  half-bridge,  parallel-resonant inverter,  bipolar junction transistor,  PFC,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes a backlight module which drives multiple cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) with a current mirror technique to equalize the driving current for each lamp. We first adopt a half-bridge parallel-resonant inverter as the main circuit and use a single-input, multiple-output transformer to drive the multi-CCFLs. Next, we introduce current-mirror circuits to create a new current-sharing circuit, in which its current reference node and the parallel-connected multi-load nodes are used to accurately equalize all CCFLs' driving current. This will balance each lamp's brightness and, consequently, improve the picture display quality of the related liquid crystal display (LCD). This paper details the design concept for each component value with the assistance of an actual design example. The results of the example are examined with its actual measurements, which consequently verify the correctness of the proposed control strategy.