Multi-Range (±10V, ±5V, +10V, +5V), Single +5V, 12-Bit DAS with 8+4 Bus Interface

±17V Fault-Protected ADC with Software-Selectable Input Ranges

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The MAX197 multi-range, 12-bit data-acquisition system (DAS) requires only a single +5V supply for operation, yet accepts signals at its analog inputs that may span both above the power-supply rail and below ground. This system provides 8 analog input channels that are independently software programmable for a variety of ranges: ±10V, ±5V, 0V to +10V, or 0V to +5V. This increases effective dynamic range to 14 bits, and provides the user flexibility to interface 4mA-to-20mA, ±12V, and ±15V powered sensors to a single +5V system. In addition, the converter is overvoltage tolerant to ±16.5V; a fault condition on any channel does not affect the conversion result of the selected channel. Other features include a 5MHz bandwidth track/hold, a 100ksps throughput rate, software-selectable internal or external clock and acquisition, 8+4 parallel interface, and an internal 4.096V or an external reference.

A hardware active-low SHDN pin and two programmable power-down modes (STBYPD, FULLPD) are provided for low-current shutdown between conversions. In STBYPD mode, the reference buffer remains active, eliminating start-up delays.

The MAX197 employs a standard microprocessor (µP) interface. A three-state data I/O port is configured to operate with 8-bit data buses, and data-access and bus-release timing specifications are compatible with most popular µPs. All logic inputs and outputs are TTL/CMOS compatible.

The MAX197 is available in 28-pin DIP, wide SO, SSOP, and ceramic SB packages.

For a different combination of ranges (±4V, ±2V, 0V to 4V, 0V to 2V), refer to the MAX199 data sheet. For 12-bit bus interface, refer to the MAX196 and MAX198 data sheets.
MAX197: Functional Diagram MAX197: Functional Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 12-Bit Resolution, 1/2LSB Linearity
  • Single +5V Operation
  • Software-Selectable Input Ranges: ±10V, ±5V, 0V to 10V, 0V to 5V
  • Fault-Protected Input Multiplexer (±16.5V)
  • 8 Analog Input Channels
  • 6µs Conversion Time, 100ksps Sampling Rate
  • Internal or External Acquisition Control
  • Internal 4.096V or External Reference
  • Two Power-Down Modes
  • Internal or External Clock


  • Automated Test Equipment (ATE)
  • Data Acquisition
  • Industrial Controls Systems
  • Medical Instruments
  • Robotics
  • Telecommunications

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
Bipolar VIN
ADCmaxnominalminmaxmaxmaxSee Notes
MAX197 128100SARµP/8S.E. Only4.0962.44.181010-851
SOIC (W)/28
$18.05 @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.

MAX197EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX197 and MAX199
Product Reliability Reports: MAX197.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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