MAXREFDES1132: 2W DC-DC Flyback Converter Using MAX17596


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Reference Guide


The MAX17596 is a peak-current-mode controller for designing wide input-voltage flyback regulators. The device offers input thresholds suitable for low-voltage DC-DC applications (4.5V to 36V) and contains a built-in gate driver for an external n-channel MOSFET. The MAX17596 houses an internal error amplifier with 1% accurate reference, eliminating the need for an external reference. The switching frequency is programmable from 100kHz to 1MHz with an accuracy of 8%, allowing optimization of magnetic and filter components, resulting in compact and cost-effective power conversion. For EMI-sensitive applications, the MAX17596 incorporates a programmable frequency dithering scheme, enabling low-EMI spread-spectrum operation. Users can start the power supply precisely at the desired input voltage, implement input overvoltage protection, and program soft-start time. A programmable slope compensation scheme is provided to ensure stability of the peak current-mode control scheme. Hiccup-mode overcurrent protection and thermal shutdown are provided to minimize dissipation in overcurrent and overtemperature fault conditions.


  • Programmable Switching Frequency Allows Optimization of the Magnetic and Filter Components, Resulting in Compact, Cost-Effective, Efficient Isolated/Nonisolated Power Supplies
  • 100kHz to 1MHz Programmable Switching Frequency with Optional Synchronization
  • Peak Current Mode Control Provides Excellent Transient Response
  • Programmable Frequency Dithering Enables Low EMI Spread-Spectrum Operation
  • Integrated Protection Features Enhance System Reliability
  • Adjustable Current Limit with External Current-Sense Resistor
  • Fast Cycle-By-Cycle Peak Current Limiting Hiccup-Mode Short-Circuit Protection
  • Overtemperature Protection
  • Programmable Soft-Start and Slope Compensation
  • Input Overvoltage Protection


Designed, Built, Tested

Board pictured here has been fully assembled and tested. Not available for sale.



PCB Layout

Test Results


Input Type Vin(Min) Vin(Max) Iout(Max) Single/Multiple Output Vout(V) Pout(W) Isolated/Non-Isolated Topology
DC 17 36 0.4 - 5 2 Isolated Flyback


Input Type DC
Vin(Min) 17
Vin(Max) 36
Iout(Max) 0.4
Single/Multiple Output -
Vout(V) 5
Pout(W) 2
Isolated/Non-Isolated Isolated
Topology Flyback

Maxim Devices (2)

Part Number Name Product Family Order Design kits and evaluation modules
MAX17596 Peak-Current-Mode Controllers for Flyback and Boost Regulators Isolated Power Buy Now Design Kits
MAX17606 Secondary-Side Synchronous MOSFET Driver for Flyback Converters Isolated Power Buy Now Design Kits

Maxim Devices (2)

Part Number Product Family
Isolated Power
Peak-Current-Mode Controllers for Flyback and Boost Regulators
Isolated Power
Secondary-Side Synchronous MOSFET Driver for Flyback Converters

Design Files (4)

Title Type Size Date
maxrefdes1132-schematic PDF 553KB 2019-07-09
TTS MAXREFDES Test Results Template_Rev 0_0318 PDF 190KB 2019-07-09
maxrefdes1132-bom PDF 106KB 2019-07-09
maxrefdes1132-pcb PDF 1MB 2019-07-09
Date Type


(PDF, 553KB)


TTS MAXREFDES Test Results Template_Rev 0_0318

(PDF, 190KB)



(PDF, 106KB)



(PDF, 1MB)

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