Evaluation Kit for the MAX3286, MAX3296 Shortwave or VCSEL (Common Cathode)

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The MAX3296 shortwave or vertical cavity-surface emitting laser (VCSEL) evaluation kit (EV kit) is an assembled, surface-mount demonstration board that allows easy optical and electrical evaluation of the MAX3286 1.25Gbps laser driver or the MAX3296 2.5Gbps laser driver in the common-cathode configuration. Short-wavelength laser diodes (wavelength ≤ 980nm) and VCSELs typically require a common-cathode configuration. In the common-cathode configuration, the laser's cathode connects to ground and the laser is driven at its anode.

The MAX3296 shortwave or VCSEL EV kit regulates the laser bias current to keep a constant photodiode current or the kit directly senses the laser bias current and holds it constant.

Refer to the MAX3296EVKIT-LW for evaluation of the MAX3286/MAX3296 with long-wavelength laser diodes in the common-anode configuration.

Key Features

  • Drives Common-Cathode Lasers
  • Includes Socket for Laser Insertion
  • LED Fault Indicator
  • Evaluates Either MAX3286 or MAX3296 (installed)
  • Adjustable DC Bias Current for VCSELs
  • Adjustable Photodiode Current
  • Adjustable Modulation Current
  • Adjustable Modulation Current Tempco
  • Configured for Electrical Operation, No Laser Necessary


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