4-Decade Current Sense Amplifier with Integrated Current Sense Element

Industry's Widest Dynamic Range Current Sense Amplifier

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The MAX40016 is a very wide range current sense amplifier (CSA) with internal sense element that senses from less than 300µA to greater than 3A current range. The 4-decade sensed current functions with 1% (typical) gain error and offers three, multiplexed programmable output ranges in order to interface with 12-bit ADCs. Having an integrated sense element has the extra advantage that the entire current measuring path can be factory-trimmed, saving the user from having to calibrate independent sense resistors and CSAs. The MAX40016 (WLP package) drops a typical of 60mV at 3A from the voltage input to load output .

The MAX40016's integrated current-sensing element saves the space and cost of an external high-power, precision current sense resistor. The MAX40016 is offered in an ultra-tiny, 1.98mm x 1.31mm, 15-bump waferlevel package (WLP), further reducing board space. The MAX40016 is also available in a 4mm x 4mm 16-pin TQFN package.

The MAX40016 operates with a supply voltage from 2.5V to 5.5V. The device features a low-power mode in which the current-sensing element remains on, but the outputs are turned off to reduce the total supply current below 10µA (max).

The MAX40016 also includes a committed on-board amplifier with an internal gain of 1.5V/V. The MAX40016 operates over the -40°C to +125°C temperature range.

MAX40016: Simplified Block Diagram MAX40016: Simplified Block Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Integrated Current Sense Element Saves The Space and Cost of Expensive Precision Sense Resistors
  • 4-Decade Measurement Range
    • Maintains Accuracy from < 300µA to> 3A
  • Withstands Overloads to 4A
  • Low Voltage Drop Across Sense Element
    • 60mV (Active Mode, 3A Load, WLP Package)
    • 35mV (Low Power Mode, 3A Load, WLP Package)
  • Three Multiplexed Scaling Resistor Outputs Allow Full Dynamic Range while Interfaced to 12-bit ADCs
  • +2.5V to +5.5V Input Supply Voltage Range
  • Low Power Mode Reduces Supply Current to 10μA Max
  • Space-Saving
    • Tiny 1.98mm x 1.3mm, 15-Bump, WLP
    • 4mm x 4mm 16-Pin TQFN
  • -40°C to +125°C Operating Temperature Range


  • Mobile Devices
  • Portable Instruments
  • RF Power Monitoring

See parametric specs for Current Sense Amplifiers (52)

Part NumberOutput FormatCMVR
Bi-Dir. Curr. SenseGainBW
Oper. Temp.
minmaxminmaxtyp@ -3dBSee Notes
MAX40016 Voltage2. to +125
$1.29 @1k

Pricing Notes:
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MAX40016EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX40016

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