Low RF Susceptibility Mono Audio Subsystem with DirectDrive Headphone Amplifier

Industry's Smallest Size, Highest D-Class Output Power and Best-in-Class RF Susceptibility (TDMA Noise Free)

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The MAX9877 combines a high-efficiency Class D audio power amplifier with a stereo Class AB capacitor-less DirectDrive® headphone amplifier. Maxim's 3rd generation, filterless Class D amplifier with active emissions limiting technology provides Class AB performance with Class D efficiency.

The MAX9877 delivers up to 725mW from a 3.7V supply into an 8Ω load with 87% efficiency to extend battery life. The filterless modulation scheme combined with active emissions limiting circuitry and spread-spectrum modulation greatly reduces EMI while eliminating the need for output filtering used in traditional Class D devices.

The stereo Class AB headphone amplifier in the MAX9877 uses Maxim's DirectDrive architecture, that produces a ground-referenced output from a single supply, eliminating the need for large DC-blocking capacitors, saving cost, space, and component height.

The device utilizes a user-defined input architecture, three preamplifier gain settings, an input mixer, volume control, comprehensive click-and-pop suppression, and I²C control. A bypass mode feature disables the integrated Class D amplifier and utilizes an internal DPST switch to allow an external amplifier to drive the speaker that is connected at the outputs of the MAX9877.

The MAX9877 is available in a thermally efficient, space-saving 20-bump WLP package.
MAX9877: Simplified Block Diagram MAX9877: Simplified Block Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Low Emissions, Filterless Class D Amplifier Achieves Better than 10dB Margin Under EN55022 Class B Limits
  • Low RF Susceptibility Design Rejects TDMA Noise from GSM Radios
  • Input Mixer with User-Defined Input Mode
  • 725mW Speaker Output (RSPK = 8Ω, PVDD = 3.7V)
  • 53mW Headphone Output (RHP = 16Ω, VDD = 3.7V)
  • Low 0.05% THD+N at 1kHz (Class D Power Amplifier)
  • Low 0.016% THD+N at 1kHz (Headphone Amplifier)
  • 87% Efficiency (RSPK = 8Ω, POUT = 750mW)
  • 1.6Ω Analog Switch for Speaker Amplifier Bypass
  • High Speaker Amplifier PSRR (72dB at 217Hz)
  • High Headphone Amplifier PSRR (84dB at 217Hz)
  • I²C Control
  • Hardware and Software Shutdown Mode
  • Click-and-Pop Suppression
  • Current-Limit and Thermal Protection
  • Available in a Space-Saving, 2.5mm x 2.0mm WLP Package


  • Cell Phones
  • Portable Multimedia Players

See parametric specs for Integrated Amplifiers (5)

Part NumberFunctionsClassSpkr. Amp. VCC
Spkr. Amp. VCC
Spkr. Amp. ICC
Spkr. Amp. POUT
Spkr. Amp. Half Pwr. THD+N
Headphone Amplifier VCC
Headphone Amplifier VCC
Headphone Amplifier ICC
Hdph. Amp. POUT into 32Ω
Headphone Amplifier Half-Power THD+N
minmaxtypminmaxtyp@ 1% THD+NSee Notes
Mobile Communication Subsystem
Netbook Subsystem
PC Notebook Subsystem
UCSP (B)/20
UCSP (R)/20
$0.97 @1k

Pricing Notes:
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MAX9877EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX9877
Product Reliability Reports: MAX9877.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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