1.425V to 3.6V Input, 1A, 0.2V Dropout LDO Regulators

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The MAX8516/MAX8517/MAX8518 low-dropout linear regulators operate from input voltages as low as 1.425V and are able to deliver up to 1A of continuous output current with a maximum dropout voltage of only 200mV. The output voltage can be set from 0.5V to (VIN - 0.2V) and is 1.4% accurate over load and line variations, from 0°C to +85°C.

These regulators use small, 1µF ceramic input capacitors and 4.7µF ceramic output capacitors to deliver 1A output current. High bandwidth provides excellent transient response and limits the output voltage deviation to 45mV for a 20mA to 1A load step, with only a 4.7µF ceramic output capacitor, and the voltage deviations can be reduced further by increasing the output capacitor.

Designed with an internal p-channel MOSFET pass transistor, the MAX8516/MAX8517/MAX8518 feature low 340µA (typ) supply current during dropout conditions. Soft-start reduces inrush current. Other features include a logic-controlled shutdown mode, short-circuit protection, and thermal-overload protection.

The MAX8517 features a power-OK (POK) output that transitions high when the regulator output is within ±10% of its nominal output voltage. The MAX8518 features a 150ms power-on reset output.

The parts are packaged in a 10-pin µMAX® package that includes an exposed pad for optimal power dissipation.
MAX8516, MAX8517, MAX8518: Functional Diagram MAX8516, MAX8517, MAX8518: Functional Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 1.425V to 3.6V Input Voltage Range
  • Guaranteed 200mV Dropout at 1A Output Current
  • ±1.4% Output Accuracy Over Load, Line, and Temperature (0°C to +85°C), ±0.6% Initial Accuracy
  • Compatible with Ceramic Capacitors
  • Fast Transient Response
  • 320µA Operating Supply Current
  • < 25µA Shutdown Supply Current
  • Short-Circuit Protection
  • Thermal-Overload Protection
  • Soft-Start Limits Inrush Current


  • Automated Test Equipment (ATE)
  • Networking
  • Notebooks
  • Optical Modules
  • PDAs
  • Post Regulators
  • Servers
  • Storage
  • Wireless Base Stations

See parametric specs for Linear Regulators (133)

Part NumberRegulatorsVIN
Low Batt./ Pwr. Fail OutPOK/Reset Thresh.
WatchdogReverse Batt. Protect.Oper. Temp.
minmaxminmaxtypmaxnomSee Notes
MAX8516 to +85
$2.88 @1k
MAX8517 Vout-10%
MAX8518 Vout-10%

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.

MAX8517EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX8517
Product Reliability Reports: MAX8516.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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