+5V, Serial-Input, Voltage-Output 16-Bit DACs

Single, Serial, Voltage-Output DAC in a SO Package

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The MAX541/MAX542 are serial-input, voltage-output, 16-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that operate from a single +5V supply. They provide 16-bit performance (±1LSB INL and DNL) over temperature without any adjustments. The DAC output is unbuffered, resulting in a low supply current of 0.3mA and a low offset error of 1LSB.

The DAC output range is 0V to VREF. For bipolar operation, matched scaling resistors are provided in the MAX542 for use with an external precision op amp (such as the MAX400), generating a ±VREF output swing. The MAX542 also includes Kelvin-sense connections for the reference and analog ground pins to reduce layout sensitivity. A 16-bit serial word is used to load data into the DAC latch. The 10MHz, 3-wire serial interface is compatible with SPI™/QSPI™/MICROWIRE™, and it also interfaces directly with optocouplers for applications requiring isolation. A power-on reset circuit clears the DAC output to 0V (unipolar mode) when power is initially applied. The MAX541 is available in 8-pin plastic DIP and SO packages. The MAX542 is available in 14-pin plastic DIP and SO packages.
MAX541, MAX542: Functional Block Diagram MAX541, MAX542: Functional Block Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Full 16-Bit Performance Without Adjustments
  • +5V Single-Supply Operation
  • Low Power: 1.5mW
  • 1µs Settling Time
  • Unbuffered Voltage Output Directly Drives 60-kilohm Loads
  • SPI/QSPI/MICROWIRE-Compatible Serial Interface
  • Power-On Reset Circuit Clears DAC Output to 0V (unipolar mode)
  • Schmitt Trigger Inputs for Direct Optocoupler Interface


  • Automated Test Equipment (ATE)
  • Data Acquisition
  • High-Resolution Offset and Gain Adjustment
  • Industrial Process Controls

See parametric specs for Precision DACs (247)

Part NumberResolution
ChannelsOutput TypeReferenceINL
InterfaceSupply Range
Supply Range
Settling Time
Package/PinsOper. Temp.
maxminmaxmaxtypSee Notes
MAX541 161Voltage- UnbufferedExt.
Serial - SPI4.755.51.11
SOIC (N)/8
-40 to +85$11.68 @1k
SOIC (N)/14
-55 to +125
-40 to +85
0 to +70
$10.52 @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.

MAX54XEVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX541 and MAX542
Product Reliability Reports: MAX541.pdf 
Device   Fab Process   Technology   Sample size   Rejects   FIT at 25°C   FIT at 55°C   Material Composition  

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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Evaluation Board7804MAX54XEVKIT Evaluation Kit for the MAX541 and MAX542