Features and Benefits

  • AD5280: 1 channel
  • AD5282: 2 channels
  • 256 positions
  • +10 V to +15 V single supply;
    ±5.5 V dual-supply operation
  • 20 kΩ, 50 kΩ, 200 kΩ fixed terminal resistance

  • Low temperature coefficient:
    30 ppm/°C
  • Power-on midscale preset1 
  • Programmable reset
  • Operating temperature:
    −40°C to +85°C
  • I2C-compatible interface

Product Details

The AD5280/AD5282 are single-channel and dual-channel, 256-position, digitally controlled variable resistors (VRs)2. The devices perform the same electronic adjustment function as a potentiometer, trimmer, or variable resistor. Each VR offers a completely programmable value of resistance between the A terminal and the wiper or the B terminal and the wiper. The fixed A-to-B terminal resistance of 20 kΩ, 50 kΩ, or 200 kΩ has a 1% channel-to-channel matching tolerance. The nominal temperature coefficient of both parts is 30 parts per million/ degrees centigrade (ppm/°C). Another key feature is that the parts can operate up to +15 V or ±5 V.

Wiper position programming defaults to midscale at system power-on. When powered, the VR wiper position is programmed by an I2C-compatible, 2-wire serial data interface. The AD5280/ AD5282 feature sleep mode programmability. This allows any level of preset in power-up and is an alternative to a costly EEPROM solution. Both parts have additional programmable logic outputs that enable users to drive digital loads, logic gates, LED drivers, and analog switches in their system.

The AD5280/AD5282 are available in thin, surface-mounted 14-lead TSSOP and 16-lead TSSOP. All parts are guaranteed to operate over the extended industrial temperature range of −40°C to +85°C. For 3-wire SPI-compatible interface applica-tions, see the AD5260/AD5262 product information on www.analog.com


  • Multimedia, video, and audio
  • Communications
  • Mechanical potentiometer replacement
  • Instrumentation: gain, offset adjustment
  • Programmable voltage source
  • Programmable current source
  • Line impedance matching
  • 1 Assert shutdown and program the device during power-up, then deassert the shutdown to achieve the desired preset level.
    2 The terms digital potentiometer, VR, and RDAC are used interchangeably.

    Data Sheet, Rev. C, 7/09

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