16bit industrial DAC exemplifies integration trend

A 16bit, industrial digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that incorporates a voltage-output amplifier, current-output amplifier, and pass transistors on the same silicon, is the latest offering from Maxim.

The dual-range voltage-output amplifier provides a voltage proportional to the DAC value and provides either a 0 to 10V or -10V to +10V output. The current-output amplifier, also dual-range, sources a current that is proportional to the DAC value, and can source either 0-20mA or 4-20mA of current. Both the voltage and current outputs have 25% over range capability.

Designed specifically for the industrial market, the MAX5661 has a number of features that will simplify the design of programmable logic controller (PLC) modules. The integrated voltage amplifier and voltage-to-current converter eliminate the need for additional precision resistors and for matched resistors that track well over temperature. Gain resistors are terminated outside the package, which allows for simple surge and transient protection without affecting accuracy. Load-fault detection is also integrated, and the status of the fault bits is available through the SPI interface.

To meet possible PLC legacy requirements, the outputs can drive 1.2microfarad capacitive loads or 1H inductive loads. Power for the current output comes from a separate supply pin, thus allowing the sourced current to be provided by either the system supplies or by a 12V to 40V (24V nominal) external supply. Finally, the 10MHz SPI interface has daisy-chain capability, which minimises the number of optocouplers required for isolated, multiple-output modules.

The MAX5661 is available in a 10mm x 10mm, 64-pin TQFP package. For more information, go to

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