14-Bit, 200Msps, High-Dynamic-Performance, Dual DAC with CMOS Inputs

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The MAX5874 is an advanced 14-bit, 200Msps, dual digital-to-analog converter (DAC). This DAC meets the demanding performance requirements of signal synthesis applications found in wireless base stations and other communications applications. Operating from 3.3V and 1.8V supplies, this dual DAC offers exceptional dynamic performance such as 78dBc spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) at fOUT = 16MHz and supports update rates of 200Msps, with a power dissipation of only 260mW.

The MAX5874 utilizes a current-steering architecture that supports a 2mA to 20mA full-scale output current range, and allows a 0.1VP-P to 1VP-P differential output voltage swing. The device features an integrated 1.2V bandgap reference and control amplifier to ensure high-accuracy and low-noise performance. A separate reference input (REFIO) allows for the use of an external reference source for optimum flexibility and improved gain accuracy.

The digital and clock inputs of the MAX5874 accept 3.3V CMOS voltage levels. The device features a flexible input data bus that allows for dual-port input or a single-interleaved data port. The MAX5874 is available in a 68-pin QFN package with an exposed paddle (EP) and is specified for the extended temperature range (-40°C to +85°C).

Refer to the MAX5873 and MAX5875 data sheets for pin-compatible 12-bit and 16-bit versions of the MAX5874, respectively. Refer to the MAX5877 for an LVDS-compatible version of the MAX5874.

See a parametric table of the complete family of pin-compatible 12-/14-/16-bit high-speed DACs.
MAX5874: Pin Configuration MAX5874: Pin Configuration Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 200Msps Output Update Rate
  • Noise Spectral Density = -160dBFS/Hz at fOUT = 16MHz
  • Excellent SFDR and IMD Performance
    • SFDR = 78dBc at fOUT = 16MHz (to Nyquist)
    • SFDR = 74dBc at fOUT = 80MHz (to Nyquist)
    • IMD = -86dBc at fOUT = 10MHz
    • IMD = -74dBc at fOUT = 80MHz
  • ACLR = 75dB at fOUT = 61MHz
  • 2mA to 20mA Full-Scale Output Current
  • CMOS-Compatible Digital and Clock Inputs
  • On-Chip 1.2V Bandgap Reference
  • Low 260mW Power Dissipation
  • 68-Lead QFN-EP Package
  • Evaluation Kit Available (MAX5874EVKIT)


  • Automated Test Equipment (ATE)
  • Base Stations: Single-/Multicarrier UMTS, CDMA, GSM
  • Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS)
  • Communications: Fixed Broadband Wireless Access, Point-to-Point Microwave
  • Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS)
  • Instrumentation
Part NumberResolution
@ fOUTSee Notes
MAX5874 14200278 @ 16MHz0.71260Parallel
$14.69 @1k
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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.

MAX5873EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX5873, MAX5874, and MAX5875
MAX5874EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX5873, MAX5874, and MAX5875
MAX5875EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX5873, MAX5874, and MAX5875

Technical Documents

Tutorial 4993 Reduce the Chances of Human Error: Part 2, Super Amps and Filters for Analog Interface
App Note 3716 Folded-Frequency Calculator

Quality and Environmental Data

Request Reliability Report for: MAX5874 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

Additional Resources

New Product Press Release 2005-08-18
Device   Fab Process   Technology   Sample size   Rejects   FIT at 25°C   FIT at 55°C  

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