3.12Gbps GMSL Serializers for Coax or STP Output Drive and Parallel Input

Serializers Enable Use of Coax Cables, Reducing Weight and Cost of Cabling in Automotive Infotainment

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The MAX9275/MAX9279 are 3.12Gbps Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) serializers with parallel LVCMOS inputs and a CML serial output programmable for 50Ω coax or 100Ω shielded twisted pair (STP) cable drive. The MAX9279 has HDCP content protection but otherwise is the same as the MAX9275. The serializers pair with any GMSL deserializer capable of coax input. When programmed for STP output they are backward compatible with any GMSL deserializer. The output amplitude is programmable 100mV to 500mV, single-ended (coax) or 100mV to 400mV differential (STP).

The audio channel supports L-PCM I2S stereo and up to eight channels of L-PCM in TDM mode. Sample rates of 32kHz to 192kHz are supported with sample depth up to 32 bits.

The embedded control channel operates at 9.6kbps to 1Mbps in UART-UART and UART-I2C modes, and up to 1Mbps in I2C-I2C mode. Using the control channel, a µC can program serializer, deserializer, and peripheral device registers at any time, independent of video timing, and manage HDCP operation (MAX9279). A GPO output supports touch-screen controller interrupt requests from the remote end of the link.

For use with longer cables, the serializers have programmable pre/deemphasis. Programmable spread spectrum is available on the serial output. The serial output meets ISO10605 and IEC 61000-4-2 ESD standards. The core supply is 1.7 to 1.9V and the I/O supply is 1.7 to 3.6V. The MAX9275/MAX9279 are available in a lead-free, 56-pin, 8mm x 8mm, TQFN package with exposed pad and 0.5mm lead pitch.

MAX9275, MAX9279: Typical Application Circuit MAX9275, MAX9279: Typical Application Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Ideal for High-Definition Video Applications
    • Drives Low-Cost 50Ω Coax Cable and FAKRA Connectors or 100Ω STP
    • 104MHz High-Bandwidth Mode Supports 1920x720p/60Hz Display With 24-Bit Color
    • Serializer Pre/Deemphasis Allows 15m Cable at Full Speed
    • Up to 192kHz Sample Rate And 32-Bit Sample Depth For 7.1 Channel HD Audio
  • Multiple Data Rates for System Flexibility
    • Up to 3.12Gbps Serial-Bit Rate
    • 6.25MHz to 104MHz Pixel Clock
    • 9.6kbps to 1Mbps Control Channel in UART, Mixed UART/I2C, or I2C Mode with Clock Stretch Capability
  • Reduces EMI and Shielding Requirements
    • Serial Output Programmable for 100mV to 500mv Single-Ended or 100mV to 400mV Differential
    • Programmable Spread Spectrum Reduces EMI
    • Bypassable Input PLL for Parallel Clock Jitter Attenuation
    • Tracks Spread Spectrum on Input
    • High-Immunity Mode for Maximum Control-Channel Noise Rejection
  • Peripheral Features for System Power-Up and Verification
    • Built-In PRBS Generator for BER Testing of the Serial Link
    • Dedicated “Up/Down” GPO for Touch-Screen Interrupt and Other Uses
    • Remote/Local Wake-Up from Sleep Mode
  • Meets Rigorous Automotive and Industrial Requirements
    • -40°C to +105°C Operating Temperature
    • ±8kV Contact and ±15kV Air ISO 10605 and IEC 61000-4-2 ESD Protection
  • Applications/Uses

    • High-Resolution Automotive Navigation
    • Megapixel Camera Systems
    • Rear-Seat Infotainment

    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.

    MAXCOAX2STP-HSD: Evaluation of Maxim Serializers/Deserializers with STP Cable
    MAX9275COAXEVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX9275 and MAX9279
    MAX9279COAXEVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX9275 and MAX9279
    Product Reliability Reports: MAX9275.pdf 
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