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MAX9257A, MAX9258A

Programmable Serializer/Deserializer with UART/I²C Control Channel

Single-Link Serializer/Deserializer with Integrated Control Channel Ideal for Digital Video Applications
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The MAX9257A serializer pairs with the MAX9258A deserializer to form a complete digital video serial link. The MAX9257A/MAX9258A feature programmable parallel data width, parallel clock frequency range, spread spectrum, and preemphasis. An integrated control channel transfers data bidirectionally at power-up during video blanking over the same differential pair used for video data. This feature eliminates the need for external CAN or LIN interface for diagnostics or programming. The clock is recovered from input serial data at MAX9258A, hence eliminating the need for an external reference clock.

The MAX9257A serializes 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 bits with the addition of two encoding bits for AC-coupling. The MAX9258A deserializer links with the MAX9257A to deserialize a maximum of 20 (data + encoding) bits per pixel/parallel clock period for a maximum serial-data rate of 840Mbps. The word length can be adjusted to accommodate a higher pixel/parallel clock frequency. The pixel clock can vary from 5MHz to 70MHz, depending on the serial-word length. Enabling parity adds two parity bits to the serial word. The encoding bits reduce ISI and allow AC-coupling.

The MAX9258A receives programming instructions from the electronic control unit (ECU) during the control channel and transmits to the MAX9257A over the serial video link. The instructions can program or update the MAX9257A, MAX9258A, or an external peripheral device, such as a camera. The MAX9257A communicates with the peripheral device with I²C or UART.

The MAX9257A/MAX9258A operate from a +3.3V core supply and feature separate supplies for interfacing to +1.8V to +3.3V logic levels. These devices are available in 40-lead TQFN or 48-pin LQFP packages. These devices are specified over the -40°C to +105°C temperature range.

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An evaluation board is available: MAX9257AEVKIT, MAX9258AEVKIT

Key Features

  • 10/12/14/16/18-Bit Programmable Parallel Data Width
  • MAX9258A Does Not Require Reference Clock
  • Parity Protection for Video and Control Channels
  • Programmable Spread Spectrum
  • Programmable Rising or Falling Edge for HSYNC, VSYNC, and Clock
  • Up to 10 Remotely Programmable GPIO on MAX9257A
  • Automatic Resynchronization in Case of Loss of Lock
  • MAX9257A Parallel Clock Jitter Filter PLL with Bypass
  • DC-Balanced Coding Allows AC-Coupling
  • 5 Levels of Preemphasis for Up to 20m STP Cable Drive
  • Integrity Test Using On-Chip Programmable PRBS Generator and Checker
  • LVDS I/O Meet ISO 10605 ESD Protection (±10kV Contact and ±30kV Air Discharge)
  • LVDS I/O Meet IEC 61000-4-2 ESD Protection (±8kV Contact and ±20kV Air Discharge)
  • LVDS I/O Meet ±200V Machine Model ESD Protection
  • -40°C to +105°C Operating Temperature Range
  • Space-Saving, 40-Pin TQFN (5mm x 5mm) with Exposed Pad or 48-Pin LQFP Packages
  • +3.3V Core Supply and 1.8V to 3.3V I/O Supply


  • Automotive Cameras
  • In-Vehicle Entertainment Systems
  • Industrial Cameras
  • Navigation Systems Display

Key Specifications:

High-Speed Interconnect (Differential Signaling)
Part Number Signal Type Signal Type Functions Rx Tx Data Rates
Rx Tx See Notes
MAX9257A  LVCMOS LVDS Serializer 18 1 840
$4.74 @1k
MAX9258A  LVDS LVCMOS Deserializer 1 18
See All High-Speed Interconnect (Differential Signaling) (138)

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.: 19-5891 Rev 1; 2011-10-04
This page last modified: 2011-10-04