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|Title:||Development of A Multi-channel RGB Laser Diode Driver for Laser Projection Applications|
|Keywords:||RGB laser projector;laser diode driver;iC-HTG;laser diode protection|
|Abstract:||In this thesis, a red green and blue (RGB) laser diode driver (LDD) is designed, assembled and tested, which can work as a standalone device or an internal component fully controlled by a laser projector. In particular, the thesis explores a multi-channel RGB LDD for a retrofitted laser projector, targeting projectors for home, business and education. If laser diodes (LDs) with the same color are connected in series, a higher forward voltage is required, making most commercial LDDs unsuitable for this application due to their insufficient compliance voltages. If the connections of all the LDs are in parallel, issues on size and cost arise since many LDs are used in this case. Another problem to use the commercial LDDs for RGB laser projection is that there are no proper communication interfaces to link the LDDs to the laser projector. In order to solve these problems by taking advantage of all the features of iC-HTG, an integrated circuit with automatic current control functionality, both the hardware circuits and the software for an eight-channel LDD are designed. Experimental results show that all the RGB channels can achieve compliance voltage of 23 V within the required working current range, which can drive up to 5 blue, 4 green or 10 red LDs in series in each single channel. It is confirmed experimentally that the designed LDD can fulfill the requirements on driving current (i.e. 1% accuracy and 1% stability). The protection functions of the developed LDD are also explored and verified experimentally. It can detect the open laser connection before the LDD channels are enabled. Fast over-current protection can be achieved within 1.5 µs. Circuit interfaces and protocols of the communications enable the multi-channel RGB LDD to work as a standalone device or an internal component of the laser projector.|
|Appears in Collections:||Open Access Dissertations and Theses|
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