Active: In Production.
The MAX4936–MAX4939 are octal, high-voltage, transmit/receive (T/R) switches. The T/R switches are based on a diode bridge topology, and the amount of current in the diode bridges can be programmed through an SPI™ interface. All devices feature a latch-clear input to asynchronously turn off all T/R switches and put the device into a low-power shutdown mode. The MAX4936/MAX4938 include the T/R switch and grass-clipping diodes, performing both transmit and receive operations. The MAX4937/MAX4939 include just the T/R switch and perform the receive operation only.
The MAX4936/MAX4938 transmit path is low impedance during high-voltage transmit and high impedance during low-voltage receive, providing isolation between the transmit and receive circuitry. The high-voltage transmit path is high bandwidth, low distortion, and low jitter.
The receive path for all devices is low impedance during low-voltage receive and high impedance during high-voltage transmit, providing protection to the receive circuitry. The low-voltage receive path is high bandwidth, low noise, low distortion, and low jitter. Each T/R switch can be individually programmed on or off, allowing these devices to be used as receive path multiplexers also.
The MAX4936/MAX4937 feature clamping diodes to protect the receiver input from voltage spikes due to leakage currents flowing through the T/R switches during transmission. The MAX4938/MAX4939 do not have clamping diodes and rely on clamping diodes integrated in the receiver front end.
All the devices are available in a small, 56-pin, 5mm x 11mm TQFN package, and are specified over the commercial 0°C to +70°C temperature range.