MAXREFDES1252: Miniature, 14.5V/1.2A, No-Opto Flyback DC-DC Converter with 91.7% Efficiency Using MAX17690


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The MAXREFDES1252 is a No-Opto Flyback converter that delivers up to 1.2A at 14.5V from a 18V to 54V supply voltage. It is designed for industrial equipment that needs isolated voltage from wide input supply voltage.

The MAXREFDES1252 illustrates techniques using the No-Opto Flyback converter to generate isolated output. This document explains how the MAX17690 No-Opto Flyback converter can be used to generate 14.5V from 18V to 54V input voltage. An overview of the design spec-ification is shown above.

Due to its simplicity and low cost, the flyback converter is the preferred choice for low-to-medium isolated DC-DC power-conversion applications. However, the use of an optocoupler or an auxiliary winding on the flyback transformer for voltage feedback across the isolation barrier increases the number of components and design complexity. The MAX17690 eliminates the need for an optocoupler or auxiliary transformer winding and achieves ±5% output voltage regulation over line, load, and tem-perature variations.

The MAX17690 implements an innovative algorithm to accurately determine the output voltage by sensing the reflected voltage across the primary winding during the flyback time interval. By sampling and regulating this reflected voltage when the secondary current is close to zero, the effects of secondary-side DC losses in the trans-former winding, the PCB tracks, and the rectifying diode on output voltage regulation can be minimized.


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 18 54 1.2 - 14.5 17.4 Isolated No-Opto Flyback


Input Type DC
Vin(Min) 18
Vin(Max) 54
Iout(Max) 1.2
Single/Multiple Output -
Vout(V) 14.5
Pout(W) 17.4
Isolated/Non-Isolated Isolated
Topology No-Opto Flyback

Maxim Devices (1)

Part Number Name Product Family Order Design kits and evaluation modules
MAX17690 60V, No-Opto Isolated Flyback Controller Isolated Power Buy Now Design Kits

Maxim Devices (1)

Part Number Product Family
Isolated Power
60V, No-Opto Isolated Flyback Controller

Design Files (4)

Title Type Size Date
MAXREFDES1252 BOM CSV 4KB 2020-11-17
MAXREFDES1252 PCB PDF 663KB 2020-11-17
MAXREFDES1252 Schematic PDF 16KB 2020-11-17
MAXREFDES1252 Test Results PDF 189KB 2020-11-17
Date Type


(CSV, 4KB)



(PDF, 663KB)


MAXREFDES1252 Schematic

(PDF, 16KB)


MAXREFDES1252 Test Results

(PDF, 189KB)

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