3V, 8-Bit ADC with 1µA Power Down

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The MAX152 high-speed, microprocessor (µP)-compatible, 8-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) uses a half-flash technique to achieve a 1.8µs conversion time, and digitizes at a rate of 400k samples per second (ksps). It operates with single +3V or dual ±3V supplies and accepts either unipolar or bipolar inputs.

A POWERDOWN-bar pin reduces current consumption to a typical value of 1µA. The part returns from power-down and acquires an input signal in less than 900ns, providing large reductions in supply current in applications with burst-mode input signals.

The MAX152 is DC and dynamically tested. Its µP interface appears as a memory location or input/output port that requires no external interface logic. The data outputs use latched, three-state buffered circuitry for direct connection to a µP data bus or system input port. The ADC's input/reference arrangement enables ratiometric operation. A fully-assembled evaluation kit provides a proven PC board layout to speed prototyping and design.
MAX152: Functional Diagram MAX152: Functional Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Single +3.0V to +3.6V Supply
  • 1.8µs Conversion Time
  • Power-Up in 900ns
  • Internal Track/Hold
  • 400ksps Throughput
  • Low Power:
    • 1.5mA (Operating Mode)
    • 1µA (Power-Down Mode)
  • 300kHz Full-Power Bandwidth
  • 20-Pin DIP, SO and SSOP Packages
  • No External Clock Required
  • Unipolar/Bipolar Inputs
  • Ratiometric Reference Inputs
  • 2.7V Version Available -Contact Factory


  • Audio Systems
  • Battery-Powered Applications
  • Burst Mode® Data Acquisition
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • High-Speed Servo Loops
  • Portable Radios
  • Telecommunications

See parametric specs for Precision ADCs (< 5Msps) (437)

Part NumberResolution
Input Chan.Conv. Rate
ADC ArchitectureData BusDiff/S.E. InputExternal VREF
External VREF
Bipolar VIN
ADCmaxminmaxmaxSee Notes
MAX152 81400SARµP/8S.E. Only033.6-50
SOIC (W)/20
$5.10 @1k

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MAX152EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX152
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