MAX509, MAX510

Quad, Serial, 8-Bit DACs with Rail-to-Rail Outputs

Quad, Serial, Voltage-Output DACs in a SSOP Package
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Part Number Status
MAX509 Active: In Production. See Ordering Information for details.
MAX510 Active: In Production.


The MAX509/MAX510 are quad, serial-input, 8-bit voltage-output digital-to-analog converters (DACs). They operate with a single +5V supply or dual ±5V supplies. Internal, precision buffers swing rail-to-rail. The reference input range includes both supply rails.

The MAX509 has four separate reference inputs, allowing each DAC's full-scale range to be set independently. 20-pin DIP, SSOP, and SO packages are available. The MAX510 is identical to the MAX509 except it has two reference inputs, each shared by two DACs. The MAX510 is housed in space-saving 16-pin DIP and SO packages.

The serial interface is double-buffered: A 12-bit input shift register is followed by four 8-bit buffer registers and four 8-bit DAC registers. A 12-bit serial word is used to load data into each register. Both input and DAC registers can be updated independently or simultaneously with single software commands. Two additional asynchronous control pins provide simultaneous updating (active-low LDAC) or clearing (active-low CLR) of input and DAC registers.

The interface is compatible with Microwire™ and SPI™/QSPI™. All digital inputs and outputs are TTL/CMOS compatible. A buffered data output provides for readback or daisy-chaining of serial devices.

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Key Features

  • Single +5V or Dual ±5V Supply Operation
  • Output Buffer Amplifiers Swing Rail-to-Rail
  • Reference Input Range Includes Both Supply Rails
  • Calibrated Offset, Gain, and Linearity (1 LSB TUE)
  • 10MHz Serial Interface, Compatible with SPI, QSPI (CPOL = CPHA = 0) and Microwire
  • Double-Buffered Registers for Synchronous Updating
  • Serial Data Output for Daisy-Chaining
  • Power-On Reset Clears Serial Interface and Sets All Registers to Zero


  • Digital Attenuator
  • Digital Gain and Offset Control
  • General Purpose

Key Specifications:

Precision DACs
Part Number Resolution
Channels Output Type Reference INL
Interface Supply Range
Supply Range
Settling Time
Oper. Temp.
max min max max typ See Notes
MAX509  8 4 Voltage- Buffered Ext.
Serial - SPI -5.5 5.5 12 6
-55 to +125
-40 to +85
0 to +70
$7.14 @1k
MAX510  $6.45 @1k
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Pricing Notes:

This pricing is BUDGETARY, for comparing similar parts. Prices are in U.S. dollars and subject to change. Quantity pricing may vary substantially and international prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rates. For volume-specific and version-specific prices and delivery, please see the price and availability page or contact an authorized distributor.


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Document Ref.: 19-0155 Rev 3; 2011-03-07
This page last modified: 2011-03-07