6-Channel, Multirange, 5V, 12-Bit DAS with 12-Bit Bus Interface and Fault Protection

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

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The MAX196/MAX198 multirange, 12-bit data-acquisition systems (DAS) require only a single +5V supply for operation, yet convert analog signals at their inputs up to ±10V (MAX196) and ±4V (MAX198). These systems provide six analog input channels that are independently software programmable for a variety of ranges: ±10V, ±5V, 0V to +10V, and 0V to +5V for the MAX196; ±VREF, ±VREF/2, 0V to +VREF, and 0V to +VREF/2 for the MAX198. This range switching increases the effective dynamic range to 14 bits and provides the flexibility to interface ±12V, ±15V, and 4mA to 20mA powered sensors to a single +5V system. In addition, these converters are fault protected to ±16.5V; a fault condition on any channel will not affect the conversion result of the selected channel. Other features include a 5MHz bandwidth track/hold, 100ksps throughput rate, software-selectable internal/external clock, internal/external acquisition control, 12-bit parallel interface, and internal 4.096V or external reference.

Two programmable power-down modes (STBYPD, FULLPD) provide low-current shutdown between conversions. In STBYPD mode, the reference buffer remains active, eliminating start-up delays.

The MAX196/MAX198 employ a standard microprocessor (µP) interface. A three-state data I/O port is configured to operate with 16-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.

These devices are available in 28-pin DIP, wide SO, SSOP (55% smaller in area than wide SO), and ceramic SB packages. For 8+4 bus interface, see the MAX197 and the MAX199 data sheets. An evaluation kit is available (MAX196EVKIT-DIP).
MAX196, MAX198: Functional Diagram MAX196, MAX198: Functional Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 12-Bit Resolution, 1/2 LSB Linearity
  • Single +5V Supply Operation
  • Software-Selectable Input Ranges:
    • ±10V, ±5V, 0V to +10V, 0V to +5V (MAX196)
    • ±VREF, ±VREF/2, 0V to +VREF, 0V to +VREF/2 (MAX198)
  • Internal 4.096V or External Reference
  • Fault-Protected Input Multiplexer
  • 6 Analog Input Channels
  • 6µs Conversion Time, 100ksps Sampling Rate
  • Internal or External Acquisition Control
  • 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) (432)

Part NumberResolution
Input ChannelsConv. Rate
ADC ArchitectureData BusDiff/S.E. InputInternal VREF
External VREF
External VREF
Unipolar VIN
Bipolar VIN
ADCmaxnominalminmaxmaxmaxSee Notes
MAX196 126100SARµP/12S.E. Only4.0962.44.181010-851
SOIC (W)/28
$16.96 @1k
MAX198 4.0964.096
SOIC (W)/28
$18.16 @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.

MAX196EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for MAX196 and MAX198
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Evaluation Board1099MAX196EVKIT Evaluation Kit for MAX196 and MAX198