4-Wire Interfaced, 2.7V to 5.5V, 4-Digit 5 x 7 Matrix LED Display Driver

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The MAX6952 is a compact cathode-row display driver that interfaces microprocessors to 5 x 7 dot-matrix LED displays through an SPI™-compatible serial interface. The MAX6952 drives up to four digits (140 LEDs).

Included on chip are an ASCII 104-character font, multiplex scan circuitry, column and row drivers, and static RAM that stores each digit, as well as font data for 24 user-definable characters. The segment current for the LEDs is set by an internal digit-by-digit digital brightness control.

The device includes a low-power shutdown mode, segment blinking (synchronized across multiple drivers, if desired), and a test mode that forces all LEDs on. The LED drivers are slew rate limited to reduce EMI. For a 2-wire interfaced version, refer to the MAX6953 data sheet. An EV kit is available for the MAX6952.
MAX6952: Typical Application Circuit MAX6952: Typical Application Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • High-Speed 26MHz with SPI-/QSPI-™/ MICROWIRE™-Compatible Serial Interface
  • 2.7V to 5.5V Operation
  • Drives Four Monocolor or Two Bicolor Cathode-Row 5 x 7 Matrix Displays
  • Built-In ASCII 104-Character Font
  • 24 User-Definable Characters Available
  • Automatic Blinking Control for Each Segment
  • 36µA Low-Power Shutdown (Data Retained)
  • 16-Step Digital Brightness Control
  • Display Blanked on Power-Up
  • Slew-Rate-Limited Segment Drivers for Lower EMI
  • 36-Pin SSOP and 40-Pin DIP Packages
  • Applications/Uses

    • Audio/Video Equipment
    • Gaming Machines
    • Industrial Displays
    • Medical Equipment
    • Message Boards

    See parametric specs for Display Drivers (45)

    Part NumberLCD or LEDDigits or Char.Output FormatDisplay TypeInterfaceFontsSegment BlinkingVSUPPLY
    minmaxSee Notes
    MAX6952 LED4-Digit5x7 matrixCathode RowSerial SPI 26Mbit104 char ASCIIYes2.75.5
    $13.60 @1k

    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.

    MAX6952EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX6952
    Product Reliability Reports: MAX6952.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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