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Features and Benefits

  • Small External Components
    • 2.2MHz Operating Frequency
  • Ideal for Point-of-Load Applications
    • 3A Maximum Load Current
    • Adjustable Output Voltage: 0.8V to 3.6V
    • 2.7V to 5.5V Operating Supply Voltage
  • High Efficiency at Light Load
    • 26µA Skip Mode Quiescent Current
  • Minimizes Electromagnetic Interference
    • Programmable SYNC I/O Pin
    • Operates Above AM-Radio Band
    • Available Spread Spectrum
  • Low Power Mode Saves Energy
    • 1µA Shutdown Current
  • Open-Drain Power-Good Output
  • Limits Inrush Current During Startup
    • Soft-Start
  • Overtemperature and Short-Circuit Protections
  • 16-Pin TSSOP-EP and 16-Pin (4mm x 4mm) TQFN-EP Packages
  • -40°C to 125°C Operating Temperature Range

Product Details

The MAX16961 is a high-efficiency, synchronous step-down converter that operates with a 2.7V to 5.5V input voltage range and provides a 0.8V to 3.6V output voltage range. The wide input/output voltage range and the ability to provide up to 3A to load current make this device ideal for on-board point-of-load and post-regulation applications. The device achieves -3.7%/+2.6% output error over load, line, and temperature ranges.

The device features a 2.2MHz fixed-frequency PWM mode for better noise immunity and load transient response, and a pulse-frequency modulation mode (skip) for increased efficiency during light-load operation. The 2.2MHz frequency operation allows for the use of all-ceramic capacitors and minimizes external components. The optional spread-spectrum frequency modulation minimizes radiated electromagnetic emissions.

Integrated low RDSON switches improve efficiency at heavy loads and make the layout a much simpler task with respect to discrete solutions.

The device can be offered with factory-preset output voltages, or with an adjustable output voltage (contact factory for preset output-voltage options). Factory-preset output-voltage versions allow customers to achieve -3.7%/+2.6% output-voltage accuracy without using external resistors, while the adjustable output-voltage version provides the flexibility to set the output voltage to any desired value between 0.8V to 3.6V using an external resistive divider.

Additional features include 8ms soft-start, 16ms power-good output delay, overcurrent, and overtemperature protections.

The MAX16961 is available in thermally enhanced 16-pin TSSOP-EP and 16-pin (4mm x 4mm) TQFN-EP packages, and is specified for operation over the -40°C to +125°C automotive temperature range.


  • Automotive Infotainment
  • Industrial/Military
  • Point-of-Load Applications

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Part Number Material Declaration Reliability Data Pin/Package Drawing CAD Symbols, Footprints & 3D Models
MAX16961RATEA/V+ Material Declaration Reliability Data 16-LFCSP-4X4X0.75
MAX16961RATEA/V+T Material Declaration Reliability Data 16-LFCSP-4X4X0.75
MAX16961SATEA/V+ Material Declaration Reliability Data 16-LFCSP-4X4X0.75
MAX16961SATEA/V+T Material Declaration Reliability Data 16-LFCSP-4X4X0.75
MAX16961SAUEA/V+ Material Declaration Reliability Data 16-TSSOP_4.4_EP-4.4_MM
MAX16961SAUEA/V+T Material Declaration Reliability Data 16-TSSOP_4.4_EP-4.4_MM
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