14-/16-Bit, Low-Power, Buffered Output, Rail-to-Rail DACs with SPI Interface

Save Application Power and Board Space with Less than 80µA IQ and 3mm x 5mm, 8-Pin µMAX Package

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The MAX5214/MAX5216 are pin-compatible, 14-bit and 16-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs). The MAX5214/MAX5216 are single-channel, low-power, buffered voltage-output DACs. The devices use a precision external reference applied through the high resistance input for rail-to-rail operation and low system power consumption. The MAX5214/MAX5216 accept a wide 2.7V to 5.5V supply voltage range. Power consumption is extremely low to accommodate most low-power and low-voltage applications. These devices feature a 3-wire SPI-/QSPI-/MICROWIRE-/DSP-compatible serial interface to save board space and to reduce the complexity in isolated applications. The MAX5214/MAX5216 minimize the digital noise feedthrough from input to output with SCLK and DIN input buffers powered down after completion of each serial input frame. On power-up, the MAX5214/MAX5216 reset the DAC output to zero, providing additional safety for applications that drive valves or other transducers that need to be off on power-up. The DAC output is buffered resulting in a low supply current of 80µA (max) and a low offset error of ±0.25mV. A zero level applied to the active-low CLR pin asynchronously clears the contents of the input and DAC registers and sets the DAC output to zero independent of the serial interface. The MAX5214/MAX5216 are available in an ultra-small (3mm x 5mm), 8-pin µMAX® package and are specified over the -40°C to +105°C extended industrial temperature range.

MAX5214, MAX5216: Typical Operating Circuit MAX5214, MAX5216: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Low-Power Consumption (80µA max)
  • 14-/16-Bit Resolution in a 3mm x 5mm, 8-Pin µMAX Package
  • Relative Accuracy
    • ±0.40 LSB INL (MAX5214, 14-Bit typ, ±1 LSB max)
    • ±1.2 LSB INL (MAX5216, 16-Bit typ, ±4 LSB max)
  • Guaranteed Monotonic Over All Operating Ranges
  • Low Gain and Offset Error
  • Wide 2.7V to 5.5V Supply Range
  • Rail-to-Rail Buffered Output Operation
  • Safe Power-On Reset (POR) to Zero DAC Output
  • Fast 50MHz, 3-Wire, SPI/QSPI/MICROWIRE-Compatible Serial Interface
  • Schmitt-Trigger Inputs for Direct Optocoupler Interface
  • Asynchronous Active-Low CLR Clears DAC Output to Code 0
  • High Reference Input Resistance for Power Reduction
  • Buffered Voltage Output Directly Drives 10kΩ Loads


  • 2-Wire Sensors
  • Automatic Test Equipment
  • Automatic Tuning
  • Communication Systems
  • Gain and Offset Adjustment
  • Portable Instrumentation
  • Power Amplifier Control
  • Process Control and Servo Loops
  • Programmable Voltage and Current Sources

See parametric specs for Precision DACs (247)

Part NumberResolution
ChannelsOutput TypeReferenceINL
InterfaceSupply Range
Supply Range
Settling Time
Package/PinsOper. Temp.
maxminmaxmaxtypSee Notes
MAX5214 141Voltage- BufferedExt.1Serial - SPI2.75.250.0814
-40 to +105$2.48 @1k
MAX5216 163
$2.80 @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.

MAX5216EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX5214 and MAX5216
MAX5216PMB1: MAX5216PMB1 Peripheral Module
MAXPMBAE: Maxim Analog Essentials Collection of Peripheral Modules
MAX5216LPT: Evaluation Kit for the Reference Design of 4-20mA Loop-Powered Transmitter
MAXWINGDEMO1: Evaluation Kit for the MAX44009, MAX31723, MAX98300, MAX5216
Product Reliability Reports: MAX5216.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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