High-Frequency, High-Power, Low-Noise, Step-Up DC-DC Converter

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The MAX1708 sets a new standard of space savings for high-power, step-up DC-DC conversion. It delivers up to 10W at a fixed (3.3V or 5V) or adjustable (2.5V to 5.5V) output, using an on-chip power MOSFET from a 0.7V to 5V supply.

Fixed-frequency PWM operation ensures that the switching noise spectrum is constrained to the 600kHz fundamental and its harmonics, allowing easy postfiltering for noise reduction. External clock synchronization capability allows for even tighter noise spectrum control. Quiescent power consumption is less than 1mW to extend operating time in battery-powered systems.

Two control inputs (ONA, active-low ONB) allow simple push-on, push-off control through a single momentary push-button switch, as well as conventional on/off logic control. The MAX1708 also features programmable soft-start and current limit for design flexibility and optimum performance with batteries. The maximum RMS switch current rating is 5A. For a device with a higher (10A) switch current rating, refer to the MAX1709 data sheet.

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Key Features

  • On-Chip 5A Power MOSFET
  • 5V, 2A Output from a 3.3V Input
  • Fixed 3.3V or 5V Output Voltage or Adjustable (2.5V to 5.5V)
  • Input Voltage Range Down to 0.7V
  • Low Power Consumption
    • 1mW Quiescent Power
    • 1µA Current in Shutdown Mode
  • Low-Noise, Constant Frequency Operation (600kHz)
  • Synchronizable Switching Frequency (350kHz to 1000kHz)
  • Small QSOP Package


  • 3.6V or 5V RF PAs in Communications Handsets
  • Local 2.5V to 3.3V or 5V Conversion
  • Local 3.3V to 5V Conversion
  • Routers, Servers, Workstations, Card Racks

Key Specifications:

Step-Up Switching Regulators
Part Number VIN
Preset VOUT
IOUT1 (max)
Output Adjust. Method Switch Type DC-DC Outputs Oper. Freq.
min max min max See Notes
MAX1708  0.7 5 2.5 5
Internal 1 350 $4.62 @1k
See All Step-Up Switching Regulators (96)

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.


MAX1708: Typical Operating Circuit
Typical Operating Circuit

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Document Ref.: 19-2068 Rev 1; 2011-01-10
This page last modified: 2011-01-10