Calibrated, 12-Bit ADC with Track/Hold and Reference

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The MAX178 is a complete, calibrated 12-bit A/D converter (ADC) which includes a precision voltage reference, track-and-hold, and conversion clock. Internal calibration circuitry maintains true 12-bit performance over the full operating temperature range without external adjustments. In addition, each conversion includes an auto-zero cycle which reduces zero errors to typically below 100μV.

CHIP SELECT, READ, and WRITE inputs are included for easy microprocessor interfacing without additional logic. 2-byte, 12-bit conversion data is provided over an 8-bit three-state output bus. Either byte may be read first. Two converter busy flags facilitate polling of the converter's status.

The MAX178's analog input range is 0V to +5V when using a +5V reference. The MAX178A's internal reference accuracy is ±0.3%, while the MAX178B is intended for use with an external reference.
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Key Features

  • Continuous Transparent Calibration of Offset and Gain
  • True 12-Bit Performance without Adjustments
  • T/H Front End and Internal Reference
  • DC and Dynamically Specified
  • Zero Error Typically <100μV
  • Standard Microprocessor Interface
  • 24-Pin DIP and Wide SO Packages


  • Audio and Telecom Processing
  • Digital-Signal Processing
  • High-Accuracy Process Control
  • High-Speed Data Acquisition

See parametric specs for Precision ADCs (< 5Msps) (434)

Part NumberResolution
Input ChannelsConv. Rate
ADC ArchitectureData BusDiff/S.E. InputInternal VREF
External VREF
External VREF
Unipolar VIN
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MAX178 12117SARµP/12S.E. Only54.755.255-80
SOIC (W)/24
$24.65 @1k

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