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Part Number Description Cross Reference The LED channel number A hardware reset I/O output current (mA) Total current I2C rate (KHz) Status Type Pin/Package
AT9553 PCA9553 4 No 25 100 400 Mass production flasher MSOP8 SOP8


        The AT9553 LED blinker blinks LEDs in I2C-bus and SMBus applications where it is necessary to limit bus traffic or free up the I2C-bus master's (MCU, MPU, DSP, chip set, etc.) timer. The uniqueness of this device is the internal oscillator with two programmable blink rates. To blink LEDs using normal I/O expanders like the AT8574 or AT9554, the bus master must send repeated commands to turn the LED on and off. This greatly increases the amount of traffic on the I2C-bus and uses up one of the master's timers. The AT9553 LED blinker instead requires only the initial set-up command to program BLINK RATE 1 and BLINK RATE 2 (i.e., the frequency and duty cycle). From then on, only one command from the bus master is required to turn each individual open-drain output ON, OFF, or to cycle at BLINK RATE 1 or BLINK RATE 2. Maximum output sink current is 25 mA per bit and 100 mA per package. Any bits not used for controlling the LEDs can be used for General Purpose Parallel Input/Output (GPIO) expansion. Power-On Reset (POR) initializes the registers to their default state, all zeroes, causing the bits to be set HIGH (LED off). Due to pin limitations, the AT9553 is not featured with hardware address pins. The AT9553/01 and the AT9553/02 have different fixed I2C-bus addresses allowing operation of both on the same bus.


  • 4 LED drivers (on, off, flashing at a programmable rate)

  • 2 selectable, fully programmable blink rates (frequency and duty cycle) between 0.172 Hz and 44 Hz (5.82 seconds and 0.023 seconds)

  • Input/outputs not used as LED drivers can be used as regular GPIOs

  • Internal oscillator requires no external components

  • I2C-bus interface logic compatible with SMBus

  • Internal power-on reset

  • Noise filter on SCL/SDA inputs

  • 4 open-drain outputs directly drive LEDs to 25 mA

  • Controlled edge rates to minimize ground bounce

  • No glitch on power-up

  • Supports hot insertion

  • Low standby current

  • Operating power supply voltage range of 2.3 V to 5.5 V

  • 0 Hz to 400 kHz clock frequency

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