Microprocessor Monitor

Improved MAX1232 Cuts Power Consumption by 10X


The MAX1232 microprocessor (µP) supervisory circuit provides µP housekeeping and power-supply supervision functions while consuming only 1/10th the power of the DS1232. The MAX1232 enhances circuit reliability in µP systems by monitoring the power supply, monitoring the software execution, and providing a debounced manual reset input. The MAX1232 is a plug-in upgrade of the Dallas DS1232.

A reset pulse of at least 250ms duration is supplied on power-up, power-down, and low-voltage brownout conditions (5% or 10% supply tolerances can be selected digitally). Also featured is a debounced manual reset input that forces the reset outputs to their active states for a minimum of 250ms. A digitally programmable watchdog timer monitors software execution and can be programmed for timeout settings of 150ms, 600ms, or 1.2s. The MAX1232 requires no external components.
MAX1232: Typical Operating Circuit MAX1232: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Consumes 1/10th the Power of the DS1232
  • Precision Voltage Monitor—Adjustable +4.5V or +4.75V
  • Power-OK/Reset Pulse Width—250ms Min
  • No External Components
  • Adjustable Watchdog Timer—150ms, 600ms, or 1.2s
  • Debounced Manual Reset Input for External Override
  • Available in 8-Pin PDIP/SO and 16-Pin Wide SO Packages


  • Computers
  • Controllers
  • Critical µP Power Monitoring
  • Intelligent Instruments
Part Number Reset Thresh.
Reset Out tRESET Watchdog Feature Watchdog Timeout Supervisor Features Reset Thresh. Accur.
Package/Pins Budgetary
min @ +25°C max See Notes
MAX1232  3.3 to 5.5
Active High
Active Low
Open Drain
85ms to 300ms Input (WDI)
1s to 2s
Manual Reset 2.5 200
$1.77 @1k
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Pricing Notes:
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Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: MAX1232.pdf 
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