Features and Benefits

  • IEEE 802.3af/at/bt-Compliant PD Interface Circuit
  • Multi-Event Classification 0-8
  • -36V to -57V Input Range
  • Demonstrates a 51W PD Design with Isolated Flyback DC-DC Converter
  • +12V Output at 3.75A
  • Startup Inrush Current Limit of 135mA (typ)
  • Power Telemetry Through MEC
  • Power/Current Limiting
  • LLDP Reclassification
  • 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

Product Details

The MAX5996A/MAX5996B/MAX5996C 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 MAX5996C 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/bt- compliant power-sourcing equipment (PSE). 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 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, Power/Current limiting, Power telemetry report, LLDP reclassification, Intelligent MPS, inrush current control, input undervoltage lockout (UVLO), and DC-DC step-down converter. The step-down converter operates at a fixed 395kHz switching frequency and is configured for an isolated active-clamped forward topology with output voltage +12V DC that can deliver 5.5A of current.


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


Pricing displayed is based on 1-piece.

Pricing displayed is based on 1-piece. The USA list pricing shown is for budgetary use only, shown in United States dollars (FOB USA per unit), and is subject to change. International prices may vary due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates.