Driving automotive technology further, faster

Automotive consumers continue to demand increased efficiency along with added features for safety and convenience. To meet the consumer’s needs, manufacturers are now including advanced systems that employ the latest technologies in their vehicles.

Maxim supplies a wide variety of automotive qualified ICs with a focus on power management, LED/Opto, Vehicle Networking, RF/Wireless and Analog products.

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The number of powered control modules, sensors, actuators and motors distributed throughout today’s automobiles has increased markedly within the last decade. This has increased the need for more diverse power management and voltage regulation circuits. Maxim provides many types of PMIC, DC-DC converter, voltage regulator and USB charging devices for automotive power management and lighting applications.

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Part Family Description Applications
  • µP reset circuits with capacitor-adjustable reset/watchdog timeout delay
  • Integrated power supply protection increases robustness
  • Automotive
  • Critical µP monitoring
  • Embedded controllers
  • 1.425V to 3.6V input, 1A low-dropout regulator
  • AEC-Q100 qualified, thermally enhanced 10-Pin TDFN
  • Automotive (dead-man LDO)
  • Automotive-grade synchronous step-down DC-DC converters deliver up to 4A
  • Wide input/output voltage range ideal for on-board point-of-load and post-regulation applications
  • Automotive infotainment
  • Point-of-load applications
  • Automotive high-current step-down converter with USB protection/host charger adapter emulator
  • Integrated DC-DC and USB host charge emulator enables 1-Chip solution directly from car battery to portable device
  • Automotive connectivity
  • Automotive radio and navigation
  • Dedicated USB power charger
  • Telematics
  • USB port for host and hub applications
  • 36V, 220kHz to 2.2MHz, 2A/3A fully integrated step-down converters with 15µA operating current
  • Protection features and operating range ideal for automotive applications
  • Distributed DC power systems
  • Navigation and radio head units
  • Point-of-load applications in automotive
  • 3.5V to 36V Ideal Diode Controller with Voltage and Current Circuit Breaker
  • Automotive Power Systems
  • Low-Voltage, Precision, Single/Dual/Triple/Quad-Voltage μP Supervisors
  • ADAS
  • Multi-voltage ASICs
  • 200mA, Automotive, Ultra-Low Quiescent Current, Linear Regulator
  • Automotive
  • Load-Dump/Reverse-Voltage Protection Circuits
  • Automotive
  • 3.2MHz, 500mA Dual Step-Down Converters for Automotive Cameras
  • Automotive Point-of-Load
  • Surround-View Camera Power Supplies"
  • 2.2MHz, Dual, Step-Down DC-DC Converters, Dual LDOs, and Active-Low RESET
  • Automotive
  • Dual 2.2MHz, Low-Voltage Step-Down DC-DC Converter
  • Automotive Postregulation
  • Point-of-Load Applications
  • Automotive High-Current Step-Down Converter with USB Protection/Host Charger Adapter Emulator
  • Automotive Connectivity
  • Automotive Radio and Navigation
  • Dedicated USB Power Charger
  • Telematics
  • USB Port for Host and Hub Applications
  • Automotive High-Current Step-Down Converter with USB Protection/Host
  • Automotive
  • Charger Adapter Emulation
  • Dual 3A USB DCP Charger
  • Automotive Cigarette Lighter Adapters
  • Power Supply for Linear Chargers
  • USB Dedicated Charging Ports (DCP)
  • Dual -Channel Synchronous Buck, High-Brightness LED Controller with and without SPI Interface
  • Automotive Exterior Lighting
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • Fog Light and Adaptive Front Light Assemblies
  • High-Beam/Low-Beam/Signal/Position Lights
  • 2A, 76V, High-Efficiency MAXPower Step-Down DC-DC Converters
  • Automotive
  • Distributed Power


LED driver ICs for automotive applications offer features such as wide dimming ranges, fault tolerance and EMI reduction circuitry to save space and cost for exterior and interior automotive lighting applications. These include headlights, taillights, rear combination lights (RCL), daytime running lights (DRL), dashboard lighting and display backlighting. Maxim supplies industry-leading AEC-Q100 qualified switching regulators (SEPIC, boost, buck/boost) specifically for automotive lighting.

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Part Family Description Applications
  • Integrated, 4-channel, high-brightness LED drivers with high-voltage DC-DC controller and battery disconnect
  • Multistring drivers provide highest efficiency and complete fault protection with the lowest external component count
  • Automotive displays LED backlights
  • Automotive RCL, DRL, front position, and fog lights
  • High-voltage HB LED driver with integrated high-side current sense
  • Reduces costs of EMI filter, load dump filter, and short-circuit protection components
  • Automotive exterior lighting
  • High-beam/low-beam/signal/position lights
  • Daytime running lights (DRLs)
  • Fog light and adaptive front light assemblies
  • Automotive high-voltage, high-brightness LED controller
  • Drives a string of LEDs with a maximum output voltage up to 65V
  • Automotive exterior lighting
  • Daytime running lights (DRLs)
  • Fog lights and adaptive front-light assemblies
  • Heads-up displays
  • High-beam/low-beam/signal/position lights

Vehicle Networking

Maxim’s Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) serializers and deserializers (SerDes) fully support the high bandwidth, complex interconnect and data integrity requirements required for future automotive infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). From the low-power requirements of cameras to the widely varying bandwidth of sensor data aggregation, GMSL SerDes technology addresses the needs of future vehicle systems. Based on a foundation that pioneered many of the features seen in automotive video interconnect today, GMSL technology offers the bandwidth, rich features and flexibility needed to support the future of automotive design, including autonomous driving systems.

Part Family Description Applications
  • 3.12Gbps GMSL serializers for coax or STP output drive and parallel input
  • Enable use of coax cables, reducing weight and cost of cabling in automotive infotainment
  • High-resolution automotive navigation
  • Megapixel camera systems
  • Rear-seat infotainment
  • 3.12Gbps GMSL deserializers for coax or STP input and parallel output
  • Multiple data rates for system flexibility
  • High-resolution automotive navigation
  • Megapixel camera systems
  • Rear-seat infotainment
  • 3.12Gbps GMSL serializers for coax or STP output drive and LVDS input
  • Programmable spread spectrum reduces EMI and shielding requirements
  • High-resolution automotive navigation
  • Megapixel camera systems
  • Rear-seat infotainment
  • 3.12Gbps GMSL deserializers for coax or STP input and LVDS output
  • 104MHz high-bandwidth mode supports 1920 × 720p/60Hz display with 24-bit color
  • High-resolution automotive navigation
  • Megapixel camera systems
  • Rear-seat infotainment
  • Quad 1.5Gbps GMSL deserializer with coax or STP input and CSI-2 output
  • Receives and automatically synchronizes video from up to four serializers
  • 3D camera systems
  • Machine vision systems
  • Surround view camera systems
  • 16-Bit GMSL serializer with high-immunity/bandwidth mode and coax/STP cable drive
  • High-speed 1.6Gbps data serialization for megapixel cameras
  • Automotive camera applications
  • 14-Bit GMSL deserializers with coax/STP cable input drive
  • High-speed 1.74Gbps deserialization for megapixel cameras
  • Automotive camera applications
  • 14-Bit GMSL serializers with high Immunity/bandwidth modes and coax/STP cable drive
  • 4mm × 4mm TQFN with crosspoint and CRC protection of video and control data for ADAS
  • Automotive camera applications
  • 14-Bit GMSL serializer with high immunity & bandwidth modes and coax/STP cable drive and line fault
  • Line-fault detection and CRC protection of video and control data for ADAS
  • Automotive camera applications
  • ±15kV ESD-Protected 52Mbps, 3V to 5.5V, SOT23 RS-485/RS-422 True Fail-Safe Receivers
  • Automotive
  • Clock/Data Distribution


  • 20Mbps, +3.3V, SOT23 RS-485/RS-422 Transmitters
  • Automotive
  • Clock Distribution


Maxim delivers high-integration radio, navigation, television tuners and receivers for vehicle infotainment system designs. For navigation systems, Maxim offers complete GPS, GLONASS, Compass and Galileo front-end ICs to simplify navigation system design.

Car dashboard, RF and Wireless automotive solutions
Part Family Description Applications
  • Highly integrated FM variable-gain low-noise amplifier
  • Ideal for use in automotive FM and FM diversity active antenna applications
  • Automotive active antenna
  • 315MHz/433MHz ultra low noise amplifier for automotive RKE
  • Achieves 15.5dB power gain and a 1.25dB noise figure
  • Remote keyless entry (RKE)
  • Telemetry receivers
  • GPS/GNSS low noise amplifier which 0.8dB noise figure and 20dB gain
  • Consumes only 4.1mA supply current which a shutdown feature lowers to < 1µA
  • Automotive navigation
  • Personal navigation devices (PND)
  • Telematics (asset tracking and management)
  • Dual stage GPS/GNSS front end low noise amplifier
  • Operates across all GNSS frequency standards with a 35dB typical cascaded gain and a 25mA supply current
  • Active antennas
  • Integrated automotive GPS receivers
  • 315MHz/434MHz ASK Superheterodyne Receiver
  • Integrated image rejection operates up to +125°C
  • Automotive remote keyless entry
  • Local telemetry



Maxim's analog ICs provide high-performance, low power operation for automotive signal chain applications. Our wide selection of analog signal ICs include op amps, current-sense amplifiers, precision voltage references and data converters.

Smart car dashboard
Part Family Description Applications
  • 50ppm/°C Precision Micropower Shunt Voltage Reference with Multiple Reverse Breakdown Voltages
  • 0.1% (max) Initial Accuracy at Automotive Temp Range
  • Body Electronics
  • Low-Noise, High-Precision Series Voltage Reference with 6ppm/°C Maximum Temperature Coefficient
  • Low 150µA Supply Current Reduces Power Consumption
  • High-resolution ADCs and DACs
  • Precision current sources
  • Precision instrumentation
  • 4-Channel, 16-bit, simultaneous sampling ADC with PGA, filter, and 8-/12-bit Dual-Stage DAC
  • Integrated Signal Converter for Automotive Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automotive Radar Systems
  • Cruise Control
  • 24-Bit, 6-Channel, 64ksps, 6.2nV/√Hz PGA, Delta-Sigma ADC with SPI Interface
  • Automotive
  • Analog I/O for Programmable Logic Controllers

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