12V, Ultra-Low-IQ, Low-Dropout Linear Regulators with POK

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The MAX8880/MAX8881 are ultra-low supply current, low-dropout linear regulators, capable of delivering up to 200mA. They are designed for battery-powered applications where reverse battery protection and long battery life are critical.

These regulators' low 3.5µA supply current extends battery life in applications with long standby periods. Unlike PNP-based designs, a 2Ω PMOS device maintains ultra-low supply current throughout the entire operating range and in dropout. The parts are internally protected from output short circuits, reverse battery connection, and thermal overload. An internal power-OK (POK) comparator indicates when the output is out of regulation.

The MAX8880 output is adjustable from 1.25V to 5V using an external resistor-divider. The MAX8881 provides only factory-preset output voltages of 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.3V, or 5V (see Ordering Information in the full data sheet). The devices are available in 6-pin SOT23 and 6-pin TDFN packages.
MAX8880, MAX8881: Typical Operating Circuit MAX8880, MAX8881: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • 3.5µA Supply Current at 12V
  • Reverse Battery Protection
  • 2.5V to 12V Input Voltage Range
  • ±1.5% Output Voltage Accuracy
  • 200mA max Output Current
  • 2Ω PMOS Output Device
  • Short-Circuit and Thermal Overload Protection
  • POK Output for Out-of-Regulation Indicator
  • Fixed 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.3V, and 5V (MAX8881)
    Adjustable from 1.25V to 5V (MAX8880)
  • Tiny 6-Pin SOT23 Package
  • Thin 6-Pin TDFN Package


  • Battery-Powered Alarms
  • CMOS Backup Power
  • Handy Terminals
  • PDAs
  • Real-Time Clocks
  • Remote Transmitters
  • Smart Battery Packs/Chargers
  • Smoke Detectors

Pricing Notes:
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Product Reliability Reports: MAX8881.pdf 
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