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Maxim Offers Most Efficient 1A Step-Up Converter

Ideal for handheld applications that operate from two AA batteries or a single Li+ cell

Maxim Integrated Products Press Release - 7/16/2008

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1A, Highly Efficient Step-Up Converter with True Shutdown

1A, Highly Efficient Step-Up Converter with True Shutdown

SUNNYVALE, Ca. - Maxim Integrated Products (PINK OTC MARKETS: MXIM) introduces the MAX8815A 1A step-up converter featuring best-in-class efficiency (97%), low quiescent current (30µA), and a low-noise, forced-PWM mode.

Designed for input from two NiMH/NiCd AA batteries or a single Li+ battery, this boost converter provides an adjustable (3.3V to 5V) or preset (5V) output from a 1.2V to 5.5V input. When the output is set to 5V with the feedback pin grounded, the MAX8815A only requires three external components to provide up to 1A. For further space savings, it integrates a True Shutdown™ load-disconnect switch and internal compensation. A highly versatile and efficient device, the MAX8815A is ideal for space-constrained applications such as handheld communication devices, media players, and digital cameras.

The MAX8815A includes numerous protection features such as output-overload and short-circuit protection; inrush-current limiting in soft-start; and thermal shutdown. Available in a tiny, 3mm x 3mm, 10-pin TDFN package, this device is fully specified over the -40°C to +85°C extended industrial temperature range. Pricing starts at $1.14 (1000-up, FOB USA). An evaluation kit is available to speed designs and time to market.


• The MAX8815A is a tiny, DC-DC step-up converter that provides up to 1A from a 2.5V input using only three external components.
• This device offers best-in-class efficiency of up to 97% while minimizing total solution size.
• Maxim's industry-leading process and design technology enables the high efficiency and small size of the MAX8815A.
• The MAX8815A is ideal for handheld applications that operate from two AA batteries or a single Li+ cell.

About Maxim Integrated Products

Maxim Integrated Products is a publicly traded company that designs, manufactures, and sells over $2 billion of high-performance semiconductor products annually. It was founded over 25 years ago with the mission to deliver innovative analog and mixed-signal engineering solutions that add value to its customers' products. To date, Maxim has developed over 5700 products serving the industrial, communications, consumer, and computing markets. For more information, go to

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