Fault-Protected, High-Voltage Signal-Line Protectors

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The MAX4506/MAX4507 multiple, two-terminal signal-line protectors are pin-compatible with the industry-standard MAX366/MAX367. These new circuit protectors feature fault-protected inputs and rail-to-rail signal handling capability. The input pins are protected from overvoltage faults up to ±36V with power on or ±40V with power off. During a fault condition, the input terminal becomes an open circuit and only nanoamperes of leakage current flow from the source; but the switch output (OUT_) furnishes typically 19mA from the appropriate polarity supply to the load. This ensures unambiguous rail-to-rail outputs when a fault begins and ends.

The MAX4506 contains three independent protectors while the MAX4507 contains eight independent protectors. They can protect both unipolar and bipolar analog signals using either unipolar (+9V to +36V) or bipolar (±8V to ±18V) power supplies.

These devices have no logic control inputs; the protectors are designed to be always-on when the supplies are on. On-resistance is 100Ω max and matched within 7Ω , and on-leakage is less than 0.5nA at TA = +25°C. The MAX4506 is available in 8-pin SO/DIP packages. The MAX4507 is available in 20-pin SSOP and 18-pin SO/DIP packages.
MAX4506, MAX4507: Typical Operating Circuit MAX4506, MAX4507: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Overvoltage Protection
    • ±40V with Power Off
    • ±36V with Power On
  • Open Signal Paths with Power Off
  • Output Clamps to Either Rail with an Input Overvoltage
  • Any On Channel Output is Not Affected by an Overvoltage to Any Other Channel
  • 100Ω max On-Resistance
  • 10ns Overvoltage Turn-On Delay
  • No Latchup During Power Sequencing
  • Rail-to-Rail Signal Handling
  • 500Ω Output Clamp Resistance During Overvoltage


  • Automated Test Equipment (ATE)
  • Data Acquisition Systems
  • Hot-Insertion Boards/Systems
  • Process Control Systems
  • Redundant/Backup Systems
  • Sensitive Instruments

See parametric specs for Signal-Line Protectors (6)

Part NumberFunctionsSignal Path Leakage
Fault Protect.
maxDualmaxSee Notes
MAX4506 3-Line20109.0 to 36.08 to 1810040
SOIC (N)/8
$2.73 @1k
MAX4507 8-Line
SOIC (W)/18
$4.42 @1k

Pricing Notes:
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