Features and Benefits

  • High Operating Frequency (300kHz)
  • No Current-Sense Resistor
  • Accurate Current Limit
  • ±1% Total DC Error over Line and During Continuous Conduction
  • Dual Mode Fixed Output
    • 1.8V/2.5V/adj (MAX1762)
    • 3.3V/5.0V/adj (MAX1791)
  • 0.5V to 5.5V Output Adjust Range
  • 5V to 20V Input Range
  • Automatic Light-Load Pulse Skipping Operation
  • Free-Running On-Demand PWM
  • Foldback Mode™ UVLO
  • PFET/NFET Synchronous Buck
  • 4.65V at 25mA Linear Regulator Output
  • 5µA Shutdown Supply Current
  • 230µA Quiescent Supply Current
  • 10-Pin µMAX Package

Product Details

The MAX1762/MAX1791 PWM step-down controllers provide high efficiency, excellent transient response, and high DC output accuracy needed for stepping down, high-voltage batteries to generate low-voltage CPU core, I/O, and chipset RAM supplies in notebook computers and PDAs.

Maxim's proprietary Quick-PWM™ pulse-width modulator is a free-running constant on-time type with input feed-forward. Its high operating frequency (300kHz) allows small external components to be utilized in PC board area-critical applications such as subnotebook computers and smart phones. PWM operation occurs at heavy loads, and automatic switchover to pulse-skipping operation occurs at lighter loads. The external high-side p-channel and low-side n-channel MOSFETs require no bootstrap components. The MAX1762/MAX1791 are simple, easy to compensate, and do not have the noise sensitivity of conventional fixed-frequency current-mode PWMs.

These devices achieve high efficiency at a reduced cost by eliminating the current-sense resistor found in traditional current-mode PWMs. Efficiency is further enhanced by their ability to drive synchronous-rectifier MOSFETs. The MAX1762/MAX1791 come in a 10-pin µMAX® package and offer two fixed voltages (Dual Mode™) for each device, 1.8V/2.5V/adj (MAX1762) and 3.3V/5.0V/adj (MAX1791).


  • 2-Way Pagers
  • Analog Cellular Phones
  • Digital Cellular Phones
  • Digital Still Cameras
  • Notebook Computers

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