4-Wire Interfaced, 2.7V to 5.5V, 4-Digit 5 x 7 Matrix LED Display Driver

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MAX6952 Active: In Production. See Ordering Information for details.


The MAX6952 is a compact cathode-row display driver that interfaces microprocessors to 5 x 7 dot-matrix LED displays through an SPI™-compatible serial interface. The MAX6952 drives up to four digits (140 LEDs).

Included on chip are an ASCII 104-character font, multiplex scan circuitry, column and row drivers, and static RAM that stores each digit, as well as font data for 24 user-definable characters. The segment current for the LEDs is set by an internal digit-by-digit digital brightness control.

The device includes a low-power shutdown mode, segment blinking (synchronized across multiple drivers, if desired), and a test mode that forces all LEDs on. The LED drivers are slew rate limited to reduce EMI. For a 2-wire interfaced version, refer to the MAX6953 data sheet. An EV kit is available for the MAX6952.

Data Sheet

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An evaluation board is available: MAX6952EVKIT

Key Features

  • High-Speed 26MHz with SPI-/QSPI-™/ MICROWIRE™-Compatible Serial Interface
  • 2.7V to 5.5V Operation
  • Drives Four Monocolor or Two Bicolor Cathode-Row 5 x 7 Matrix Displays
  • Built-In ASCII 104-Character Font
  • 24 User-Definable Characters Available
  • Automatic Blinking Control for Each Segment
  • 36µA Low-Power Shutdown (Data Retained)
  • 16-Step Digital Brightness Control
  • Display Blanked on Power-Up
  • Slew-Rate-Limited Segment Drivers for Lower EMI
  • 36-Pin SSOP and 40-Pin DIP Packages
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Recognized


  • Audio/Video Equipment
  • Gaming Machines
  • Industrial Displays
  • Medical Equipment
  • Message Boards

Key Specifications:

Display Drivers
Part Number LCD or LED Digits or Char. Output Format Display Type Interface Fonts Segment Blinking VSUPPLY
min max See Notes
MAX6952  LED 4-Digit 5x7 matrix Cathode Row Serial SPI 26Mbit 104 char ASCII Yes 2.7 5.5 $10.29 @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.


MAX6952: Typical Application Circuit
Typical Application Circuit

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Document Ref.: 19-2437 Rev 1; 2002-11-14
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