High-Speed, 8-Channel, 8-Bit ADC with Simultaneous Track/Holds and Reference

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The MAX155/MAX156 are high-speed, 8-bit, multichannel analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with simultaneous track/holds (T/Hs) to eliminate timing differences between input channel samples. The MAX155 has 8 analog input channels and the MAX156 has 4 analog input channels. Each channel has its own T/H, and all T/Hs sample at the same instant. The ADC converts a channel in 3.6µs and stores the result in an internal 8x8 RAM. The MAX155/MAX156 also feature a 2.5V internal reference and power-down capability, providing a complete, sampling data-acquisition system.

When operating from a single +5V supply, the MAX155/MAX156 perform either unipolar or bipolar, single-ended or differential conversions. For applications requiring wider dynamic range or bipolar conversions around ground, the VSS supply pin may be connected to -5V.

Conversions are initiated with a pulse to the active-low WR pin, and data is accessed from the ADC’s RAM with a pulse to the active-low RD pin. A bidirectional interface updates the channel configuration and provides output data. The ADC may also be wired for output-only operation.The MAX155 comes in 28-pin PDIP and wide SO packages, and the MAX156 comes in 24-pin narrow PDIP and 28-pin wide SO packages.

MAX156: Functional Diagram MAX156: Functional Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 8 Simultaneously Sampling Track/Hold Inputs
  • 3.6µs Conversion Time Per Channel
  • Unipolar or Bipolar Input Range
  • Single-Ended or Differential Inputs
  • Mixed Input Configurations Possible
  • 2.5V Internal Reference
  • Single +5V or Dual ±5V Supply Operation


  • AC Power Meters
  • DSP Analog Input
  • Phase-Sensitive Data Acquisition
  • Portable Data Loggers
  • Vibration and Waveform Analysis

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

Part NumberResolution
Input Chan.Conv. Rate
ADC ArchitectureData BusDiff/S.E. InputInternal VREF
Unipolar VIN
Bipolar VIN
ADCmaxnominalmaxmaxSee Notes
MAX155 88250SARµP/8Both2.52.52.5-600.5
SOIC (W)/28
$10.55 @1k
MAX156 4
SOIC (W)/28
$16.53 @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.

MAX155EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX155
Product Reliability Reports: MAX155.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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