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  2. Power Management
  3. Switching Regulators
  4. Step-Down (Buck) Regulators
  5. Internal Power Switch Buck Regulators
  6. MAX738A


Features and Benefits

  • 750mA Load Currents (MAX738A/MAX744A)
  • High-Frequency, Current-Mode PWM
  • 159kHz to 212.5kHz Guaranteed Oscillator Frequency Limits (MAX744A)
  • 85% to 96% Efficiencies
  • 1.7mA Quiescent Current
  • 6µA Shutdown Supply Current
  • Single Preselected Inductor Value, No Component Design Required
  • Overcurrent, Soft-Start, and Undervoltage Lockout Protection
  • Cycle-by-Cycle Current Limiting
  • 8-Pin DIP/SO Packages (MAX730A)

Product Details

The MAX730A/MAX738A/MAX744A are 5V-output CMOS, step-down switching regulators. The MAX738A/MAX744A accept inputs from 6V to 16V and deliver 750mA. The MAX744A guarantees 500mA load capability for inputs above 6V and has tighter oscillator frequency limits for low-noise (radio) applications. The MAX730A accepts inputs between 5.2V and 11V and delivers 450mA for inputs above 6V. Typical efficiencies are 85% to 96%. Quiescent supply current is 1.7mA and only 6µA in shutdown.

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) current-mode control provides precise output regulation and excellent transient responses. Output voltage accuracy is guaranteed to be ±5% over line, load, and temperature variations. Fixed-frequency switching allows easy filtering of output ripple and noise, as well as the use of small external components. These regulators require only a single inductor value to work in most applications, so no inductor design is necessary.

The MAX730A/MAX738A/MAX744A also feature cycle-by-cycle current limiting, overcurrent limiting, undervoltage lockout, and programmable soft-start protection.


  • Cell Phones
  • Computer Peripherals
  • Distributed Power Systems
  • Personal Communicators
  • Portable Instrumentation

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Design Resources

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Part Number Material Declaration Reliability Data Pin/Package Drawing CAD Symbols, Footprints & 3D Models
MAX738ACPA+ Material Declaration Reliability Data 8-PDIP-300_MIL
MAX738ACWE+ Material Declaration Reliability Data Small-Outline IC, Wide (0.3in)
MAX738ACWE+T Material Declaration Reliability Data Small-Outline IC, Wide (0.3in)
MAX738AEPA+ Material Declaration Reliability Data 8-PDIP-300_MIL
MAX738AEWE+ Material Declaration Reliability Data Small-Outline IC, Wide (0.3in)
MAX738AEWE+T Material Declaration Reliability Data Small-Outline IC, Wide (0.3in)
MAX738AMJA/883B Material Declaration Reliability Data Ceramic Dual-In-Line, Narrow (0.3in)
Wafer Fabrication Data MAX738A Reliability Data

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