Dual, 256-Tap, Nonvolatile, I²C-Interface, Digital Potentiometers

Industry's Smallest, Dual, 256-Tap Digital Potentiometers Fit in 3mm x 3mm TQFN

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The MAX5477/MAX5478/MAX5479 nonvolatile, dual, linear-taper, digital potentiometers perform the function of a mechanical potentiometer, but replace the mechanics with a simple 2-wire digital interface. Each device performs the same function as a discrete potentiometer or variable resistor and has 256 tap points.

The devices feature an internal, nonvolatile EEPROM used to store the wiper position for initialization during power-up. A write-protect feature prevents accidental overwrites of the EEPROM. The fast-mode I²C-compatible serial interface allows communication at data rates up to 400kbps, minimizing board space and reducing interconnection complexity in many applications. Three address inputs allow a total of eight unique address combinations.

The MAX5477/MAX5478/MAX5479 provide three nominal resistance values: 10kΩ (MAX5477), 50kΩ (MAX5478), or 100kΩ (MAX5479). The nominal resistor temperature coefficient is 70ppm/°C end-to-end and 10ppm/°C ratiometric. The low temperature coefficient makes the devices ideal for applications requiring a low temperature- coefficient variable resistor, such as low drift, programmable gain-amplifier circuit configurations.

The MAX5477/MAX5478/MAX5479 are available in 16-pin 3mm x 3mm x 0.8mm TQFN and 14-pin 4.4mm x 5mm TSSOP packages. These devices operate over the extended -40°C to +85°C temperature range.
MAX5477, MAX5478, MAX5479: Functional Diagram MAX5477, MAX5478, MAX5479: Functional Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Power-On Recall of Wiper Position from Nonvolatile Memory
  • EEPROM Write Protection
  • Tiny 3mm x 3mm x 0.8mm Thin QFN Package
  • 70ppm/°C End-to-End Resistance Temperature Coefficient
  • 10ppm/°C Ratiometric Temperature Coefficient
  • Fast 400kbps I²C-Compatible Serial Interface
  • 1µA (max) Static Supply Current
  • Single-Supply Operation: +2.7V to +5.25V
  • 256 Tap Positions per Potentiometer
  • ±0.5 LSB DNL in Voltage-Divider Mode
  • ±1 LSB INL in Voltage-Divider Mode


  • Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) Contrast Control
  • Low-Drift Programmable-Gain Amplifiers
  • Mechanical Potentiometer Replacements
  • Volume Control

See parametric specs for Digital Potentiometers (118)

Part NumberTaperPOTsControl InterfaceWiper MemoryStepsREND-TO-END
Res. Tol.
Temp. Coeff.
Wiper Resistance
typtypmaxSee Notes
MAX5477 Linear22-Wire SerialNon-Volatile2561025353251
$1.99 @1k
MAX5478 50
MAX5479 100

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.

MAX5478EVCMODU: Evaluation Kit/Evaluation System for the MAX5477, MAX5478, and MAX5479
MAX5478EVKIT: Evaluation Kit/Evaluation System for the MAX5477, MAX5478, and MAX5479
Product Reliability Reports: MAX5479.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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