The MAX256 is an integrated primary-side controller and H-bridge driver for isolated power-supply circuits. The device contains an on-board oscillator, protection circuitry, and internal FET drivers to provide up to 3 W of power to the primary winding of a transformer. The MAX256 can be operated using the internal programmable oscillator or can be driven by an external clock for improved EMI performance. Regardless of the clock source being used, an internal flip-flop stage guarantees a fixed 50% duty cycle to prevent DC current flow in the transformer.
The MAX256 operates from a single-supply voltage of 5 V or 3.3 V, and includes under-voltage lockout for controlled startup. The device prevents cross-conduction of the H-bridge MOSFETs by implementing break-before-make switching. Thermal shutdown circuitry provides additional protection against damage due to over-temperature conditions. The MAX256 is available in the 8-pin thermally-enhanced SO package. The device is specified for the automotive (-40°C to 125°C) temperature range.Click here to View a Larger Block Diagram