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Date: 03-03-13

8-Bit RGB laser driver module for automotive projector

Maxim is now sampling the MAX3601, a 8-bit RGB laser driver for pico laser projectors in heads-up displays (HUD) in automobiles. This IC drives three RGB lasers.

Key features:
Three current-output laser drivers combined into one laser
With 80mW bias current, this device offers power efficiency
Three integrated lasers eliminate the need for additional optics

“The MAX3601 laser driver keeps drivers clean, conscious, and connected,” said Mike Roberts, Executive Business Manager at Maxim Integrated. “Clean as in green, conscious as in safe, and connected as in infotainment. Maxim’s new laser-based technology provides lower power and brighter, more visible alerts for safety and infotainment.”

“One of the key trends for automotive displays is higher resolution,” said Richard Robinson, Director of Automotive Analysis at Strategy Analytics. “Sharper imagery in heads-up displays is critical for clarity, safety, and driver assistance applications.”

Available in 3mm x 3.5mm, 42-bump WLP and 5mm x 5mm, 40-pin TQFN packages.
TQFN package specified over the -40°C to +105°C temperature range.
Pricing starts at $3.94 (1000-up, FOB USA, TQFN package).

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