256-Position, One-Time Programmable, Dual Channel, I2C Digital Potentiometer

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The AD5172/AD5173 are dual-channel, 256-position, one-time programmable (OTP) digital potentiometers1 that employ fuse link technology to achieve memory retention of resistance settings. OTP is a cost-effective alternative to EEMEM for users who do not need to program the digital potentiometer setting in memory more than once. These devices perform the same electronic adjustment function as mechanical potentiometers or variable resistors with enhanced resolution, solid-state reliabil-ity, and superior low temperature coefficient performance.

The AD5172/AD5173 are programmed using a 2-wire, I2C®-compatible digital interface. Unlimited adjustments are allowed before permanently setting the resistance value. During OTP activation, a permanent blow fuse command freezes the wiper position (analogous to placing epoxy on a mechanical trimmer).

Unlike traditional OTP digital potentiometers, the AD5172/ AD5173 have a unique temporary OTP overwrite feature that allows for new adjustments even after a fuse is blown. However, the OTP setting is restored during subsequent power-up condi-tions. This allows users to treat these digital potentiometers as volatile potentiometers with a programmable preset.


  • Systems calibration
  • Electronics level setting
  • Mechanical trimmers replacement in new designs
  • Permanent factory PCB setting
  • Transducer adjustment of pressure, temperature, position, chemical, and optical sensors
  • RF amplifier biasing
  • Automotive electronics adjustment
  • Gain control and offset adjustment

1 The terms digital potentiometer, VR, and RDAC are used interchangeably.

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At least one model within this product family is in production and available for purchase. The product is appropriate for new designs but newer alternatives may exist.

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The AD5172 supports a single-supply 2.7 V to 5.5 V operation, making the device suited for battery-powered applications and many other applications with a superior low temperature coefficient performance.

The on-board socket allows the user to easily replace the device for reprogramming of the OTP memory.

In addition, the AD5172 uses a versatile I2C serial interface that operates in fast mode, allowing speeds of up to 400 kHz.

The EVAL-AD5172SDZ can operate in single-supply mode and incorporates an internal power supply from the USB.

Complete specifications for the AD5172 part can be found in the AD5172 data sheet.

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