27-Bit, 3MHz-to-35MHz DC-Balanced LVDS Serializer

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The MAX9217 digital video parallel-to-serial converter serializes 27 bits of parallel data into a serial data stream. Eighteen bits of video data and 9 bits of control data are encoded and multiplexed onto the serial interface, reducing the serial data rate. The data enable input determines when the video or control data is serialized.

The MAX9217 pairs with the MAX9218 deserializer to form a complete digital video serial link. Interconnect can be controlled-impedance PCB traces or twisted-pair cable. Proprietary data encoding reduces EMI and provides DC balance. DC balance allows AC-coupling, providing isolation between the transmitting and receiving ends of the interface. The LVDS output is internally terminated with 100Ω.

ESD tolerance is specified for ISO 10605 with ±10kV contact discharge and ±30kV air discharge.

The MAX9217 operates from a +3.3V core supply and features a separate input supply for interfacing to 1.8V to 3.3V logic levels. This device is available in 48-lead Thin QFN and LQFP packages and is specified from -40°C to +85°C.
MAX9217: Functional Diagram MAX9217: Functional Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Proprietary Data Encoding for DC Balance and Reduced EMI
  • Control Data Sent During Video Blanking
  • Five Control Data Inputs Are Single-Bit-Error Tolerant
  • Output Common-Mode Filter Reduces EMI
  • Greater than 10m STP Cable Drive
  • Wide ±2% Reference Clock Tolerance
  • ISO 10605 ESD Protection
  • Separate Input Supply Allows Interface to 1.8V to 3.3V Logic
  • +3.3V Core Supply
  • Space-Saving Thin QFN and LQFP Packages
  • -40°C to +85°C Operating Temperature


  • In-Vehicle Entertainment Systems
  • LCD Displays
  • Navigation System Display
  • Video Cameras

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.

MAX9217EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX9217 and MAX9218
MAX9218EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX9217 and MAX9218

Tools & Models

  • MAX9217 IBIS Model
  • Product Reliability Reports: MAX9217.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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