Stereo Class D 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 MAX9879 combines a high-efficiency stereo Class D audio power amplifier with a stereo capacitor-less DirectDrive® headphone amplifier. Maxim's filterless class D amplifiers with active emissions limiting technology provide Class AB performance with Class D efficiency.

The Class D power amplifier delivers up to 715mW from a 3.7V supply into an 8Ω load with 88% efficiency to extend battery life. The filterless modulation scheme combined with active emission limiting circuitry and spread-spectrum modulation greatly reduces EMI while eliminating the need for output filtering used in traditional Class D devices.

The headphone amplifier delivers up to 58mW from a 3.7V supply into a 16Ω load. Maxim's DirectDrive architecture 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 MAX9879.

The MAX9879 is available in a thermally efficient, space-saving 30-bump UCSP package.
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Key Features

  • Better than 9dB Margin Under EN 55022 Class B Limits with No Filter Components
  • Low RF Susceptibility Design Rejects TDMA Noise from GSM Radios
  • Input Mixer with User Defined Input Mode
  • Stereo 715mW Speaker Output (RL = 8Ω, VDD = 3.7V)
  • Stereo 58mW Headphone Output (16Ω, VDD = 3.7V)
  • Low 0.04% THD+N at 1kHz (Class D Power Amplifier)
  • Low 0.018% THD+N at 1kHz (Headphone Amplifier)
  • 88% Efficiency (RL = 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
  • Ultra-Low Click and Pop
  • Robust Design with Current and Thermal Protection
  • Available in Space-Saving Package
    • 5x6 UCSP (2.5mm x 3mm)


  • 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
Hdph. Amp. VCC
Hdph. Amp. VCC
Hdph. Amp. ICC
Hdph. Amp. POUT into 32Ω
Hdph. Amp. Half Pwr. THD+N
minmaxtypminmaxtyp@ 1% THD+NSee Notes
Mobile Communication Subsystem
Netbook Subsystem
UCSP (R)/30
$1.42 @1k

Pricing Notes:
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MAX9879EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX9879
Product Reliability Reports: MAX9879.pdf 
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