Appliance products integrate microcontrollers, displays, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity. The type and function of an appliance mandate the requirements for displays, indicator lamps and application circuitry. Power management solutions are required for display backlight and bias, LED indicator lamp control, power switching and buck and boost converters.


Buck and Boost Converters

Appliances and their control boards use AC/DC supplies or AC/DC adapters and do not always provide specific voltage rails needed by application circuits. Appliances need high efficiency power conversion to create regulated voltage rails from their power source.

  • Point of load voltage regulators provide a local supply rail with high efficiency
  • Single output high efficiency DC/DC switching regulators can provide either a step-up or step-down voltage output.
Part Number Description
KTB851 600mA Step-down Converter with Output Load Discharge
KTB851-1 600mA Step-down Converter
KTC218 Wide Output Range Step-Up Converter

EMI/ESD Suppression

Kinetic Technologies’ EMI/ESD Suppression technology is the industry’s first and is used to improve EMC performance in Ethernet applications. What used to present as a design challenge is solved by this unique solution that offers EMC compliance for Ethernet connected devices. The physical interface of the PD data path to the outside environment is through the PHY. The PHY is also subject to ESD and surge events when an Ethernet cable is inserted. CM emissions are typically filtered by large passive devices located between the PHY and the LAN isolation magnetics. Kinetic Technologies offers the world’s first active ESD and EMI suppressor IC, a 4-channel device in which each channel connects to one wire of the two twisted pair sets. ESD performance, EFT-B and surge immunity, and CM emissions equal or exceed passive techniques while occupying a much smaller footprint.

The Kinetic Technologies EMI/ESD Suppression technology enables system designers to comply with:

  • CISPR22 and FCC Part 15, Class B requirements for Radiated and Conducted Emissions
  • IEC 61000-4-3/6 requirements for Radiated and Conducted Immunity, Level 3 or higher
  • IEC 61000-4-2 ESD (Air Discharge) of ±25kV
  • IEC 61000-4-2 ESD (Contact Discharge) of ±12kV
  • Cable Discharge Event (CDE) of ±12kV
Part Number Description
KTA1550 Dual-channel Active Choke for EMI Suppression w/ Integrated ESD Protection
KTA1552 Quad Channel Active EMI & ESD Suppressor for Ethernet Applications

LCD Backlight LED Drivers

Appliance LCD display panels use white LED backlight drivers to boost input voltage supply rails to the levels needed to drive a backlight LED string along with providing a means of LED brightness control by the system microcontroller.

Panel size and resolution determine the number of white LEDs (WLED) required to produce the necessary screen brightness

  • Dimming techniques to control the brightness can range from simple linear LED brightness control to sophisticated high efficiency PWM control to achieve contrast ratios of typically 20,000:1
  • High accuracy current sinks to provide uniform backlight across larger panel sizes
  • High efficiency boost power conversion required to minimize demands on battery power consumption and maximize the battery life between charge cycles

Product Highlights:

  • Multiple series/parallel strings of WLED drivers to match the display panel needs
  • Multiple programming options from simple PWM signal control to full-featured I2C interfaces.
  • Advanced design, low drop-out current sinks with tight linearity characteristics to maintain constant LED current accuracy over all battery voltage extremes
  • High efficiency boost converters with integrated protection against LED open and short-circuit conditions
Part Number Description
KTD104 Linear-mode 4-Channel LED Driver
KTD105 Linear-mode 5-Channel LED Driver
KTD108 Linear-mode 4-Channel LED Driver
KTD109 Linear-mode 5-Channel LED Driver
KTD117 Linear-mode 4+2 -Channel LED Driver
KTD251 Step-Up LED Driver with PWM Control
KTD2531 Step-Up LED Driver with PWM Control
KTD2536 Step-Up LED Driver with PWM Control
KTD2500 Step-Up LED Driver with ExpressWire or PWM Control
KTD2505R Step-Up LED Driver with ExpressWire or PWM Control
KTD2511C Step-Up LED Driver with PWM Control
KTD2511D Step-Up LED Driver with PWM Control
KTD2801 Step-Up LED Driver with Internal Diode and ExpressWire/PWM Dimming
KTD2801A Step-Up LED Driver with Internal Diode and ExpressWire/PWM Dimming
KTD314 High Efficiency, Wide Voltage Range 20-LED Driver
KTD315 High Efficiency, Wide Voltage Range 30-LED Driver
KTD3112 High Efficiency Step-Up 2-Ch LED Driver, 25V OVP
KTD3113 High Efficiency Step-Up 3-Ch LED Driver, 25V OVP
KTD3116-1 High Efficiency Step-Up 2-Ch LED Driver, 31V OVP
KTD3117-1 High Efficiency Step-Up 3-Ch LED Driver, 31V OVP
KTD3118 High Efficiency Step-Up 2-Ch LED Driver, 42V OVP
KTD3119 High Efficiency Step-Up 3-Ch LED Driver, 42V OVP
KTD3122 2-Ch Step-Up LED Driver with Integrated Power Diode
KTD3137 High Efficiency 3-Channel LED Backlight with Panel Flash Function
KTD3156 6-Ch Step-Up LED Driver with PWM-Control Mixed-Mode Dimming
KTD3156B 6-Ch Step-Up LED Driver with PWM-Control Mixed-Mode Dimming, low duty dimming
KTD325 High Efficiency, Wide Voltage Range 30-LED RGB Driver

LCD Bias Supplies

LCD panels for appliances require low-noise and regulated positive/negative bias supply voltages that must be stepped up and inverted from a single smartphone battery.

  • All LCD displays require one positive and one negative supply, both higher than the battery voltage
  • Panel size determines voltage and maximum load current requirements

Product Highlights:

  • Single inductor topology for high power conversion efficiency with minimized solution size to support I2C programmable 2-channel output operation
  • Advanced LCD bias drivers providing adjustable boost headroom options to maximize efficiency to specific application conditions
  • Low battery power consumption further reduced during shutdown by minimizing unnecessary leakage current on the I2C bus
  • High integration increasing performance, while decreasing the overall size and BOM
Part Number Description
KTD2150 2-Channel LCD Panel Bias Supply with Single Inductor
KTD2151 2-Channel LCD Panel Bias Supply with Single Inductor
KTD2151B 2-Channel LCD Panel Bias Supply with Single Inductor
KTD2159 2-Channel LCD Panel Bias Supply with Single Inductor

Over-Voltage and Surge Protection

Appliance controllers and displays are AC/DC line powered or AC/DC adaptor powered. Input DC power ports are subject to voltage surge conditions that can potentially damage the device and therefore in need of protection. Appliances voltage rail switching is used to reduce standby power consumption or to enable/disable specific function circuits while the device is operating.

  • Over-voltage, and surge protected load switches protect internal circuit boards, by breaking the connection between the power source and the internal circuitry. During the event the device is disconnected from the faulty power source or abnormal stress condition.

Product Highlights:

  • Programmable and fixed over-voltage protection (OVP) shutdown thresholds.
  • Input protection
    • Wrong adapter up to +40V
    • Reverse voltage down to -6V
    • Transient voltage protection up to 200V, compliant to IEC61000-4-2 (Level 4)
    • ESD protection compliant to ±8kV contact, ±15kV air gap and ±2kV human body model.
  • Single or dual devices with Uni or Bi-directional blocking

Integrated load switches provide internal power switching and are controlled by simple GPIO logic.

  • Eliminate the need for bias and level shift circuits associated with discrete MOSFET switches
  • Provides slew-rate limited turn-on with reverse current blocking and output discharge mode to de-select functions when not required to extend battery life.

Product Highlights:

  • Extremely low IN to OUT resistance
  • Tiny footprint
  • Operation down to 1.8V
Part Number Description
KTS1601 SRC P-Ch Load Switch with Reverse Blocking
KTS1601-1 SRC P-Ch Load Switch with Reverse Blocking and Output Discharge
KTS1605 SRC P-Ch Load Switch with Reverse Blocking
KTS1605-1 SRC P-Ch Load Switch with Reverse Blocking and Output Discharge
KTS1656 Surge Protected, Single Input, Dual Output Load Switch Protection with OVP
KTS1662 Load Switch with fixed and adjustable OVP
KTS1670 Adjustable Over-Voltage Protection Switch
KTS1671 Load Switch with fixed and adjustable OVP
KTS1674 OVP Switch with Reverse Blocking and 100V surge Protection
KTS1676 Over-voltage Protector with Bidirectional Blocking and Surge Protection
KTS1678 OVP Switch with Single Input, Dual Output Switches with Surge Protection and Individual Enables
KTS1678B OVP Switch with Single Input, Dual Output Switches with Surge Protection and Individual Enables
KTS1679-1 OVP Switch with Single Input, Dual Output Switches with 10V Surge Protection, Individual Enables, Selectable OVP & BAT SNS pin
KTS1680 100V Surge Protected OVP Switch
KTS1681 Ultra-Fast 100V Surge Protected OVP Switch, with VDET output and MIC function
KTS1681A 4 Amp Over-Voltage Protection IC with Sense Output
KTS1682 Ultra-Fast 100V Surge Protected OVP Switch, with VDET output and MIC function
KTS1685 OVP Switch with 100V Surge Protection
KTS1686 Ultra-Fast 100V Surge Protected OVP Switch, with Bidirectional Blocking
KTS1688 OVP Switch with Reverse Blocking and Current Limiting
KTS1689A 100V Surge Protected OVP Switch

RGB LED Drivers

Appliance controllers use multicolor RGB LEDs for function indicator lamps. Indicator lamps show power on/off or function status. Implementing indicator lamp LED control circuits to interface LED control switching to microcontroller logic is a tedious design process and requires multiple discrete components.

  • RGB LED drivers allow simplified programmable control of LED color and brightness

Product Highlights:

  • 3-channel RGB LED drivers permit custom color control
  • 4-channel RGBW devices allow for driving a white LED in addition to the RGB LED
  • Multiple programming options include I2C or ExpressWire to ease integration with a wide variety of processors and operating systems
  • Wide range of ramp up/down timing for slow fade in/out effects and complex repeating patterns
  • Ultra-small package footprint
Part Number Description
KTD2021 3-Channel RGB LED Driver with ExpressWire Control
KTD2022 3-Channel RGB LED Driver with ExpressWire Control
KTD2023 4-Channel RGBW LED Driver with ExpressWire Control
KTD2026 3-Channel RGB LED Driver with I2C Control
KTD2027 4-Channel RGBW LED Driver with I2C Control

USB Data Line Protection ICs

Part Number Description
KTU1000 USB Hi-Speed Switch with Fault Protection
KTU1001 USB D+/D- Hi-Speed or SBU1/2 Switch with Fault Protection
KTU1001A USB D+/D- Hi-Speed or SBU1/2 Switch with Fault Protection
KTU1101 USB Type-C Port Protector for CC and SBU Pins