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PIC24 driving FETs for PWM signals to LEDs

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cyrusthevirus

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I am trying to design my first circuit. The purpose is to drive 100 LEDs via PWM through four different channels on my PIC.

The questions I have is can a PIC24FJ64GA002 drive 4 output channels with a PWM signal to drive a logic FET feeding strings of LEDs?

The PIC specs can be found here: PIC24FJ64GA002

The PIC is supplied by a 3.3v.

Thanks for your help
 

blueroomelectronics

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What power FETs are you using?
You could use a pair of TC4427 (dual FET drivers) to drive them.

Personally I'd skip the LM317 and just use a suitable resistor in each LED chain.
 

cyrusthevirus

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The purpose of the LM317s are to protect the remaining strings of LEDs if one string goes down.

The power supply each string of LEDs is 24v 3A which is higher than the TC4427 is rated.

I am going to search for a dual FET which is rated for 4A.
 

cyrusthevirus

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Okay I found the TC4425 which is rated at 3A and has a minimum input votage of 2.4 V.

I can rearrange my strings so they work from a 48V 2.2A power supply which would be in the range for the TC4425.

Thoughts?
 

blueroomelectronics

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The TC442x are designed to drive a power FET. I'd just use it to drive a high power FET like the IRF510 or find a ultra low RDS on MOSFET (you may not need a heatsink)
 
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