8th-Order, Lowpass, Butterworth, Switched-Capacitor Filter

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The MAX7480 8th-order, lowpass, Butterworth, switched-capacitor filter (SCF) operates from a single +5V supply. The device draws only 2.9mA of supply current and allows corner frequencies from 1Hz to 2kHz, making it ideal for low-power post-DAC filtering and anti-aliasing applications. The MAX7480 features a shutdown mode, which reduces the supply current to 0.2µA.

Two clocking options are available: self-clocking (through the use of an external capacitor) or external clocking for tighter corner-frequency control. An offset adjust pin allows for adjustment of the DC output level.

The MAX7480 Butterworth filter provides a maximally flat passband response. The fixed response simplifies the design task to selecting a clock frequency.
MAX7480: Typical Operating Circuit MAX7480: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 8th-Order, Lowpass Butterworth Filter
  • Low Noise and Distortion: -73dB THD + Noise
  • Clock-Tunable Corner Frequency (1Hz to 2kHz)
  • 100:1 Clock-to-Corner Ratio
  • +5V Single-Supply Operation
  • Low Power
    • 2.9mA (Operating Mode)
    • 0.2µA (Shutdown Mode)
  • Available in 8-Pin SO/DIP Package
  • Low Output Offset: ±5mV


  • ADC Anti-Aliasing
  • Post-DAC Filtering

Technical Documents

Tutorial 733 A Filter Primer
Product Reliability Reports: MAX7480.pdf 
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Tutorial 733 A Filter Primer