Ultra-Low Power Stereo Audio Codec

A High-Performance Audio Codec with Ultra-Low Power Consumption and Small Footprint for Portable Applications

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The MAX98090 is a fully integrated audio codec whose high-performance, ultra-low power consumption and small footprint make it ideal for portable applications.

The device features a highly flexible input scheme with six input pins (WLP) that can be configured as analog or digital microphone inputs, differential or single-ended line inputs, or as full-scale direct differential inputs. Analog inputs can be routed to the record path ADC or directly to any analog output mixer.

The device accepts master clock frequencies of either 256 x fS or from 10MHz to 60MHz. The digital audio interface supports master or slave mode operation, sample rates from 8kHz to 96kHz, and standard PCM formats such as I2S, left/right-justified, and TDM.

The record/playback paths feature FlexSound® technology DSP. This includes digital gain and filtering, a biquad filter (record), dynamic range control (playback), and a seven band parametric equalizer (playback) that can improve loudspeaker performance by optimizing the frequency response.

The stereo Class D speaker amplifier provides efficient amplification, features low radiated emissions, supports filterless operation, and can drive both 4Ω and 8Ω loads. The DirectDrive® stereo Class H headphone amplifier provides a ground referenced output eliminating the need for large DC-blocking capacitors. The device also includes a differential receiver (earpiece) amplifier that can be reconfigured as a stereo single-ended line output.

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Key Features

  • 102dB DR Stereo DAC to HP (8kHz < fS < 96kHz)
  • 3.6mW Stereo Playback Power Consumption
  • 99dB DR Stereo ADC (8kHz < fS < 96kHz)
  • 4.2mW Stereo Record Power Consumption
  • 3 Stereo Single-Ended/Differential Analog Microphone/Line Inputs (WLP Version)
  • Stereo PDM Digital Microphone Input
  • Master Clock Frequencies from 256 x fS to 60MHz
  • I2S/LJ/RJ/TDM Digital Audio Interface
  • FlexSound Technology Signal Processing
    • Record Path Biquad Filter
    • Playback Path 7-Band Parametric EQ
    • Playback Path Automatic Level Control
    • Digital Filtering and Gain/Level Control
  • Stereo Low EMI Class D Speaker Amplifiers
    • 3.2W/Channel (RL = 4Ω, VSPK_VDD = 5V, WLP)
    • 1.8W/Channel (RL = 8Ω, VSPK_VDD = 5V, WLP)
  • Stereo DirectDrive Class H Headphone Amplifier Jack Detection and Identification
  • Differential Receiver Amplifier/Stereo Line Output
  • Extensive Click-and-Pop Reduction Circuitry
  • RF Immune Analog Inputs and Outputs
  • Programmable Microphone Bias
  • I2C Control Interface with Two Address Options
  • 49-Bump 0.4mm WLP and 40-Pin TQFN Packages


  • Smartphones
  • Tablets

See parametric specs for Audio Data Converters (6)

Part NumberFunctionsVSUPPLY
Bit DepthSample Rate
Bit DepthSample Rate
MAX98090 Audio CODEC
1.08 (Digital)
1.65 (Analog)
1.65 (Digital)
2.8 (Class D)
1.98 (Digital)
2.0 (Analog)
3.6 (Digital)
5.5 (Class D)
2.49 (DAC Playback Headphone)
3.64 (Full Duplex Mono Receiver Out)
4.14 (DAC Playback Stereo Speaker)
2299248 to 96102248 to 960.4
Audio - I2S
Audio - PCM/TDM
Serial - I2C
Serial - SPI
$2.76 @1k

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.

MAX98090EVKIT#TQFN: Evaluation Kit for the MAX98090 (TQFN)
MAX98090EVKIT#WLP: Evaluation Kit for the MAX98090 WLP
Product Reliability Reports: MAX98090.pdf 
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Note : The failure rates are summarized by technology and mapped to the associated material part numbers. The failure rates are highly dependent on the number of units tested.

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