Features and Benefits

  • 256-position digital potentiometer
  • OTP overwrite allows dynamic adjustments with user-defined preset
  • End to end resistance: 2.5 kΩ, 10 kΩ, and 50 kΩ
  • Compact 10-lead MSOP: 3 mm × 4.9 mm package
  • Fast settling time: tS = 5 μs typical in power-up
  • Full read/write of wiper register
  • Power-on preset to midscale
  • See datasheet for additional features

Product Details

The AD5170 is a 256-position, two-time programmable, digital potentiometer that employs fuse link technology, giving users two opportunities to permanently program the resistance setting. The digital potentiometer, VR, and RDAC terms are used interchangeably. For users who do not need to program the digital potentiometer setting in memory more than once, the OTP feature is a cost-effective alternative to EEMEM. The AD5170 performs the same electronic adjustment function as mechanical potentiometers or variable resistors with enhanced resolution, solid-state reliability, and superior low temperature coefficient performance.

The AD5170 is programmed using a 2-wire, I2C-compatible digital interface. Unlimited adjustments are allowed before permanently setting the resistance value, and there are two opportunities for permanent programming. During OTP activation, a permanent blow fuse command freezes the wiper position (analogous to placing epoxy on a mechanical trimmer).

Unlike traditional OTP digital potentiometers, the AD5170 has a unique temporary OTP overwrite feature that allows for new adjustments even after the fuse is blown. However, the OTP setting is restored during subsequent power-up conditions. This feature allows users to treat these digital potentiometers as volatile potentiometers with a programmable preset.

For applications that program the AD5170 at the factory, Analog Devices, Inc., offers device programming software that runs on Windows NT®, Windows® 2000, and Windows XP operating systems. This software effectively replaces any external I2C controllers, thus enhancing the time-to-market of the user’s systems.


  • Systems calibration
  • Electronics level setting
  • Mechanical trimmers replacement in new designs
  • Permanent factory PCB settings
  • Transducer adjustment of pressure, temperature, position, chemical, and optical sensors
  • RF amplifier biasing
  • Gain control and offset adjustments

Product Lifecycle icon-recommended Production

At least one model within this product family is in production and available for purchase. The product is appropriate for new designs but newer alternatives may exist.

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