Low-Power, Dual, 12-Bit Voltage-Output DACs with Configurable Outputs

Dual, Serial, Voltage-Output DAC in a QSOP Package

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The MAX5156/MAX5157 low-power, serial, voltage-output, dual 12-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) consume only 500µA from a single +5V (MAX5156) or +3V (MAX5157) supply. These devices feature Rail-to-Rail output swing and are available in space-saving 16-pin QSOP and DIP packages. Access to the inverting input allows for specific gain configurations, remote sensing, and high output current capability, making these devices ideally suited for industrial process controls. These devices are also well suited for digitally programmable (4-20mA) current loops.

The 3-wire serial interface is SPI™/QSPI™ and MICROWIRE™ compatible. Each DAC has a double-buffered input organized as an input register followed by a DAC register, which allows the input and DAC registers to be updated independently or simultaneously. Additional features include a programmable shutdown (2µA), hardware-shutdown lockout, a separate voltage reference for each DAC, power-on reset, and an active-low clear input (active-low CL) that resets all registers and DACs to zero. The MAX5156/MAX5157 provide a programmable logic output pin for added functionality, and a serial-data output pin for daisy chaining.
MAX5156, MAX5157: Functional Block Diagram MAX5156, MAX5157: Functional Block Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 12-Bit Dual DAC with Configurable Output Amplifier
  • Single-Supply Operation:
    • +5V (MAX5156)
    • +3V (MAX5157)
  • Rail-to-Rail Output Swing
  • Low Quiescent Current:
    • 500µA (normal operation)
    • 2µA (shutdown mode)
  • SPI/QSPI and Microwire Compatible
  • Space-Saving 16-Pin QSOP Package
  • Power-On Reset Clears DAC Outputs to Zero


  • Digital Gain and Offset Control
  • Digitally Programmable 4mA–20mA Current Loops
  • General Purpose
  • Industrial Process Controls
  • Motion Control
  • Remote Industrial Controls

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.
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