The STCF05 is a high efficiency power supply solution to drive multiple flash LEDs in camera phones, PDAs and other hand-held devices. The synchronous boost topology with output current control guarantees the proper LED current over all possible conditions of battery level and LED forward voltage. All the functions of the device are controlled through the I²C bus that allows to reduce logic pins on the package and to save PCB traces on the board. Hard and soft-triggering of the flash are both supported. The device includes many functions to protect the chip and the power LEDs. These comprehend a soft-start control, chip over temperature detection and protection, open and shorted LEDs detection and protection. In addition, a digital programmable time-out function protects the LEDs in case of wrong command from microprocessor. See description (continued).