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Apologies in advance but I'm scratching my head over the data sheet.

I am planning on running this on a 3.6V circuit and my prototype scrolls through 15 20mA led's.
Will this chip be able to handle running 4 led's on each pin? (80mA?) while (on rare occasion) fade all 60?

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Forward voltage of the LEDs?

Voltage of the LED power supply?  3.6V?
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Forward voltage of the LEDs?

Voltage of the LED power supply?  3.6V?

Well my led's are 20mA each 3.2-3.V @ 20mA total per pin load = 80mA!
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I am planning on running this on a 3.6V circuit and my prototype scrolls through 15 20mA led's.
Will this chip be able to handle running 4 led's on each pin? (80mA?) while (on rare occasion) fade all 60?

The datasheet says:

60 mA (VCC < 3.6 V)
120 mA (VCC > 3.6 V

It doesn't say what happens when VCC=3.6V but 80mA is right in the middle...

You're planning on having the chip dissipate about 0.5V per channel (3.6 minus 3.1). 0.5V*80mA*16 channels=640mW. That's well within the limits for power dissipation.

You should be fine.
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I am planning on running this on a 3.6V circuit and my prototype scrolls through 15 20mA led's.
Will this chip be able to handle running 4 led's on each pin? (80mA?) while (on rare occasion) fade all 60?

The datasheet says:

60 mA (VCC < 3.6 V)
120 mA (VCC > 3.6 V

It doesn't say what happens when VCC=3.6V but 80mA is right in the middle...

You're planning on having the chip dissipate about 0.5V per channel (3.6 minus 3.1). 0.5V*80mA*16 channels=640mW. That's well within the limits for power dissipation.

You should be fine.

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