High-Side Switch Boosts Throughput and Channel Density; Reduces Dissipation and Footprint

Maxim Integrated's octal digital output switch increases throughput by up to 70x for PLCs, HVAC, and industrial equipment.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) addresses the need for higher throughput, smaller footprint, and lower power in industrial automation with the MAX14900E digital output switch.

    --  Details for MAX14900E:


    --  Maxim's industrial digital input/output solutions: http://www.maximintegrated.com/digitalio

    --  MAX14900E hi-res image: 


    --  MAX14900E schematic:


This eight-channel integrated circuit (IC) provides up to 70x faster speed, uses over 20% less power, and occupies 40% less space than existing solutions--all factors required in today's faster, more localized, smaller end products.  It is controlled by an eight-bit parallel interface, or via a standard Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) which is also used for configuration and monitoring. Multiple devices can be daisy-chained to support additional I/O points via the single SPI interface, requiring only three isolators for all channels to provide further savings in cost, board space, and power. The serial mode includes cyclic redundancy checking (CRC) for assured data integrity, as well as global and per-channel diagnostics for remote system monitoring.

Maxim offers both a complete reference design (MAXREFDES63#) as well as an evaluation (EV) kit with special prototyping features. The credit-card-sized reference design integrates the MAX14900E, a microcontroller, isolated I/O port, power supplies, UART, and USB port to simplify incorporating the device into the final OEM product design, as well as provide a means for quick evaluation.

Key Advantages

    --  Low power; high voltage: The eight digital channels require just 3mA

        (maximum) of supply current; operates from a wide supply range of 10V to

        36V and thus compatible with the 24V rail of many factory systems.

    --  High speed and drive: With an input-to-output propagation delay of

        0.3usec (typical)/0.8usec (maximum), it can support fast switching rates

        of up to 100KHz in push pull configuration. On-resistance, a critical

        factor in static power dissipation is just 85 milli-ohms (typical) and

        165 milli-ohms (maximum). It can drive current loads up to 850mA;

        outputs can be used in parallel to achieve even higher drive-current


    --  High integration and space savings: Housed in a tiny, 48-pin 7mm × 7mm

        QFN package; uses significantly less board space.

    --  Data integrity: Offers per-channel and global diagnostics/monitoring via

        its SPI port, while users can access the I/O via an eight-bit parallel

        port. The serial link includes CRC error detection for enhanced

        data-link integrity.


    --  "Our proprietary, high-voltage processes and design expertise allowed us

        to develop this switch," said Tony Partow, Executive Business Manager at

        Maxim Integrated. "The processor interface offers critical features for

        users, such as per-channel and global diagnostics, as well as CRC for

        data integrity."

    --  "This product is an excellent fit for programmable logic controllers,

        building HVAC systems, and high-speed industrial applications," said

        Susie Inouye, Research Director at Databeans. It packs leading-edge

        performance into a tiny package, while also saving energy and ensuring

        data integrity."


    --  The MAX14900E is specified over the -40-degree Celsius to +125-degree

        Celsius temperature range.

About Maxim Integrated

Maxim is the leader in analog integration. From mobile to industrial solutions, we're making analog smaller, smarter, and more energy efficient. Learn more at http://www.maximintegrated.com.


Ferda Millan




Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Web Site: http://www.maxim-ic.com

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