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MAX3272, MAX3272A

+3.3V, 2.5Gbps Low-Power Limiting Amplifiers

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Status Explanations for product status codes

Part Number Status
MAX3272 Active: In Production.
MAX3272A Active: In Production. But some versions of the family are Not Recommended for New Designs. See Ordering Information.


The MAX3272/MAX3272A 2.5Gbps limiting amplifiers accept a wide range of input voltages and provide a constant-level output voltage with controlled edge speeds. Additional features include power detectors with programmable loss-of-signal (LOS) indication, an optional squelch function that mutes the data output signal when the input voltage falls below a programmable threshold, and an output polarity selector. These parts exhibit excellent jitter performance and have low power dissipation.

The MAX3272/MAX3272A feature current-mode logic (CML) data outputs that are tolerant of inductive connectors, and are available in a 4mm x 4mm QFN package or in die form (MAX3272 only). Along with the MAX3271, the MAX3272/MAX3272A are ideal for low-power, compact optical receivers.

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An evaluation board is available: MAX3272EVKIT MAX3272AEVKIT

Key Features

  • Single +3.3V Power Supply
  • 33mA Supply Current
  • 5ps Deterministic Jitter
  • 90ps Edge Speed
  • Output Squelch Function
  • Programmable Loss-of-Signal Function
  • CML Output Interface
  • 20-Pin 4mm x 4mm QFN Package
  • Selectable Output Polarity


  • 2.5Gbps Optical Receivers
  • Fibre Channel Optical Receivers
  • Gigabit Ethernet Optical Receivers
  • SONET/SDH Receivers
  • System Interconnects

Key Specifications:

Limiting Amplifiers
Part Number Target Oper. Range
Data Rate
Data Rate
I/O Type Input Sens.
LOS Sens.
Edge Speed
min max typ min max See Notes
MAX3272A  1 to 4.5 2125 2500 3.3 33 CML 15 4.5 130 $4.53 @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.


MAX3272, MAX3272A: Typical Operating Circuit
Typical Operating Circuit

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Document Ref.: 19-2269 Rev 3; 2004-12-02
This page last modified: 2009-08-14