Dual, 256-Tap, Up/Down Interface, Digital Potentiometers

Industry's Smallest Dual 256-Tap Digital Potentiometer

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The MAX5450—MAX5455 are a family of dual digital potentiometers that perform the same function as a mechanical potentiometer or variable resistor. The MAX5451/MAX5453/MAX5455 have two 3-terminal potentiometers and the MAX5450/MAX5452/MAX5454 have two 2-terminal variable resistors. The MAX5450—MAX5455 operate from a +2.7V to +5.5V single-supply voltage and use an ultra-low supply current of 0.1µA. These devices consist of two fixed resistors each with 256 digitally-controlled wiper contacts. The convenient power-on reset (POR) sets the wiper to midscale position at power-up and the easy-to-use up/down interface allows glitchless switching between resistor taps. Six inputs control the 14-pin MAX5451/MAX5453/MAX5455 potentiometers. Four inputs control the 10-pin MAX5450/MAX5452/MAX5454 variable resistors.

The MAX5450—MAX5455 are ideal for applications requiring digitally-controlled resistors. Three resistance values are available: 10kΩ, 50kΩ, and 100kΩ. An end-to-end resistor temperature coefficient of 35ppm/°C and a ratiometric temperature coefficient of 5ppm/°C make the MAX5450—MAX5455 excellent choices for adjustable gain circuit requiring low-temperature drift.

The MAX5450—MAX5455 are available in 10-pin µMAX® and 14-pin TSSOP packages. Each device is guaranteed over the extended—industrial temperature range (-40°C to +85°C).
MAX5450, MAX5451, MAX5452, MAX5453, MAX5454, MAX5455: Pin Configuration MAX5450, MAX5451, MAX5452, MAX5453, MAX5454, MAX5455: Pin Configuration Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Small-Footprint Packages
    • 10-Pin µMAX (MAX5450/MAX5452/MAX5454)
    • 14-Pin TSSOP (MAX5451/MAX5453/MAX5455)
  • 256-Tap Positions
  • Independent Up/Down Potentiometer Controls (MAX5451/MAX5453/MAX5455)
  • Ultra-Low 0.1µA Supply Current
  • +2.7V to +5.5V Single-Supply Operation
  • Low 35ppm/°C End-to-End Temperature Coefficient
  • Power-On Reset Sets Wiper to Midscale (Position 127)
  • Glitchless Switching Between the Resistor Taps
  • 10kΩ, 50kΩ, 100kΩ Resistance Values


  • Adjustable Linear Regulators
  • Adjustable Voltage Reference
  • Impedance Matching
  • LCD Screen Adjustment
  • Low-Drift Programmable-Gain Amplifier (PGA)
  • Mechanical Potentiometer Replacement
  • Programmable Filters, Delays, Time Constants
  • Volume Control
Part NumberTaperPOTsControl InterfaceWiper MemoryStepsREND-TO-END
Res. Tol.
Temp. Coeff.
Wiper Resistance
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MAX5450 Linear2Up/DownVolatile2561025352252
$2.64 @1k
MAX5451 10
MAX5452 50
MAX5453 50
MAX5454 100
MAX5455 100
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Pricing Notes:
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Technical Documents

Tutorial 4992 Reduce the Chances of Human Error: Part 1, Power and Ground
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Tutorial 3081 How to Increase the Bandwidth of Digital Potentiometers 10x to 100x

Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: MAX5450.pdf 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports
Device   Fab Process   Technology   Sample size   Rejects   FIT at 25°C   FIT at 55°C  

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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