Evaluation Kit for the MAX5995A, MAX5995B, MAX5995C, MAX5974D

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The MAX5995 evaluation kit (EV kit) is a fully assembled and tested surface-mount circuit board featuring an Ethernet port, network powered-device (PD) interface controller circuit for -57V supply rail systems. The EV kit uses the MAX5995B IEEE® 802.3af/at/bt-compliant network PD interface controller in a 16-pin TQFN package with an exposed pad. The IC is used in Power-over- Ethernet (PoE) applications requiring DC power from an Ethernet network port for PDs such as VoIP phones, wireless access nodes, security cameras, lighting, and building automation.

The EV kit receives power from IEEE 802.3af/at/btcompliant power-sourcing equipment (PSE). Refer to the MAX5952, MAX5965A/MAX5965B, and MAX5980 IC data sheets for PSE controllers. The PSE provides the required -36V to -57V DC power over an unshielded twisted-pair Ethernet network cable to the EV kit’s RJ45 magnetic jack. The EV kit features a 1 x 1 Gigabit RJ45 magnetic jack and two active full-wave rectifiers (N101 and N102) for separating the DC power provided by an endspan or midspan Ethernet system.

The EV kit can also be powered by a wall adapter power source. The EV kit provides PCB pads to accept the output of a wall adapter power source. When a wall adapter power source is detected, it always takes precedence over the PSE source and allows the wall adapter to power the EV kit.

The EV kit demonstrates the full functionality of the IC, such as PD detection signature, PD classification signature, Multi-Event Classification (MEC), Intelligent MPS, inrush current control, input undervoltage lockout (UVLO), and DC-DC step-down converter. The step-down converter operates at a fixed 290kHz switching frequency and is configured for an isolated active-clamped forward topology with output voltage +12V DC that can deliver 5.5A of current.

Key Features

  • IEEE 802.3af/at/bt-Compliant PD Interface Circuit
  • Multi-Event Classification 0-8
  • -36V to -57V Input Range
  • Demonstrates a 71W PD Design with Isolated Active-Clamped Forward Topology DC-DC Converter
  • +12V Output at 5.5A
  • Startup Inrush Current Limit of 135mA (typ)
  • Current Limit During Normal Operation
  • Evaluates Endspan and Midspan Ethernet Systems
  • Type 1-4 PSE Classification Indicator
  • Simplified Wall Adapter Interface
  • Demonstrates Sleep and Ultra-Sleep Power-Saving Modes
  • Proven PCB Layout
  • Fully Assembled and Tested


  • Building Automation
  • IEEE 802.3bt Powered Devices
  • Lighting
  • Small Cell, Pico Cell
  • VOIP Phones, IP Security Cameras
  • Wireless Access Point

Quality and Environmental Data

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