MAX604:5V/3.3V or Adjustable, Low-Dropout, Low-IQ, 500mA Linear Regulators

Industry's Smallest 500mA LDO in SO-8 Footprint Handles Up to 1.8W Power Dissipation

The MAX603/MAX604 low-dropout, low quiescent current, linear regulators supply 5V, 3.3V, or an adjustable output for currents up to 500mA. They are available in a 1.8W SO package. Typical dropouts are 320mV at 5V and 500mA, or 240mV at 3.3V and 200mA. Quiescent currents are 15µA typ and 35µA max. Shutdown turns off all circuitry and puts the regulator in a 2µA off mode. A unique protection scheme limits reverse currents when the input voltage falls below the output. Other features include foldback current limiting and thermal overload protection. The output is preset at 3.3V for the MAX604 and 5V for the MAX603. In addition, both devices employ Dual Mode™ operation, allowing user-adjustable outputs from 1.25V to 11V using external resistors. The input voltage supply range is 2.7V to 11.5V. The MAX603/MAX604 feature a 500mA P-channel MOSFET pass transistor. This transistor allows the devices to draw less than 35µA over temperature, independent of the output current. The supply current remains low because the P-channel MOSFET pass transistor draws no base currents (unlike the PNP transistors of conventional bipolar linear regulators). Also, when the input-to-output voltage differential becomes small, the internal P-channel MOSFET does not suffer from excessive base current losses that occur with saturated PNP transistors.

Key Features
  • 500mA Output Current, with Foldback Current Limiting
  • High-Power (1.8W) 8-Pin SO Package
  • Dual Mode™ Operation: Fixed or Adjustable Output from 1.25V to 11V
  • Large Input Range (2.7V to 11.5V)
  • Internal 500mA P-Channel Pass Transistor
  • 15µA Typical Quiescent Current
  • 2µA (Max) Shutdown Mode
  • Thermal Overload Protection
  • Reverse-Current Protection
MAX603, MAX604: Typical Operating Circuit
MAX603, MAX604: Typical Operating Circuit
  • 1.25V to 11V Adjustable Regulators
  • 5V and 3.3V Regulators
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Pagers and Cell Phones
  • Portable Instrumentation
  • Solar-Powered Instruments
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MAX603-MAX604 Data SheetMAX603-MAX604.pdf
Part NumberRegulatorsVIN
Preset VOUT
Low Batt./ Pwr. Fail OutWatchdogReverse Batt. Protect.Oper. Temp.
minmaxminmaxtypmaxSee Notes
MAX60312.711.551.311.50.3250050050NoNoNo0 to +70PDIP(N)/8
$1.86 @1k
MAX6043.30.635-40 to +85
0 to +70
Quality and Environmental Data
Ordering Information
Part NumberStatusRecommended ReplacementPackageTempRoHS
MAX604C/DNo Longer AvailableDICE SALES,;NA pin;DICE;0°C to +70°CSee data sheet
MAX604CPANo Longer AvailablePDIP(N),;8 pin;81.9 mm²0°C to +70°CNo
MAX604CPA+ActivePDIP(N),;8 pin;81.9 mm²0°C to +70°CLead Free
MAX604CSANo Longer AvailableMAX604CSA+SOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²0°C to +70°CNo
MAX604CSA+ActiveSOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²0°C to +70°CLead Free
MAX604CSA+TActiveSOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²0°C to +70°CLead Free
MAX604CSA-TNo Longer AvailableMAX604CSA+TSOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²0°C to +70°CNo
MAX604EPANo Longer AvailableMAX604EPA+PDIP(N),;8 pin;81.9 mm²-40°C to +85°CNo
MAX604EPA+ActivePDIP(N),;8 pin;81.9 mm²-40°C to +85°CLead Free
MAX604ESANo Longer AvailableMAX604ESA+SOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²-40°C to +85°CNo
Part NumberStatusRecommended ReplacementPackageTempRoHS
MAX604ESA+ActiveSOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²-40°C to +85°CLead Free
MAX604ESA+TActiveSOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²-40°C to +85°CLead Free
MAX604ESA-TNo Longer AvailableMAX604ESA+TSOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²-40°C to +85°CNo
MAX604ESA/GG8ActiveSOIC (;-40°C to +85°CSee data sheet
MAX604ESA/GH9No Longer AvailableMAX604ESA+SOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²-40°C to +85°CNo
MAX604ESA/GH9-TNo Longer AvailableMAX604ESA+SOIC(N),;8 pin;31 mm²-40°C to +85°CNo
MAX604MJANo Longer AvailableCDIP;8 pin-55°C to +125°CSee data sheet
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