Dual 64-and 256-Position I2C Nonvolatile
Memory Digital Potentiometers
AD5251: Dual 64-position resolution
AD5252: Dual 256-position resolution
1 kΩ, 10 kΩ, 50 kΩ, 100 kΩ
Nonvolatile memory1 stores wiper setting w/write protection
Power-on refreshed with EEMEM settings in 300 µs typ
EEMEM rewrite time = 540 µs typ
Resistance tolerance stored in nonvolatile memory
12 extra bytes in EEMEM for user-defined information
I2C compatible serial interface
Direct read/write access of RDAC2 and EEMEM registers
Predefined linear increment/decrement commands
Predefined ±6 dB step change commands
Synchronous or aysynchronous dual channel update
Wiper setting read back
4 MHz bandwidth—1 kΩ version
Single supply 2.7 V to 5.5 V
Dual supply ±2.25 V to ±2.75 V
2 slave address decoding bits allow operation of 4 devices
100-year typical data retention TA = 55°C
Operating temperature –40°C to +85°C
Mechanical potentiometer replacement
General purpose DAC replacement
LCD panel VCOM adjustment
The AD5251/AD5252 are dual-channel, I2C, nonvolatile mem-
ory, digitally controlled potentiometers with 64/256 positions,
respectively. These devices perform the same electronic adjust-
ment functions as mechanical potentiometers, trimmers, and
variable resistors. The parts’ versatile programmability allows
multiple modes of operation, including read/write access in the
RDAC and EEMEM registers, increment/decrement of
resistance, resistance changes in ±6 dB scales, wiper setting
readback, and extra EEMEM for storing user-defined infor-
mation such as memory data for other components, look-up
table, or system identification information.
The AD5251/AD5252 allow the host I2C controllers to write
any of the 64- or 256-step wiper settings in the RDAC registers
and store them in the EEMEM. Once the settings are stored,
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White LED brightness adjustment
RF base station power amp bias control
Programmable gain and offset control
Programmable voltage-to-current conversion
Programmable power supply
FUNDAMENTAL BLOCK DIAGRAM
1The terms nonvolatile memory and EEMEM are used interchangeably.
2The terms digital potentiometer and RDAC are used interchangeably.
they are restored automatically to the RDAC registers at system
power-on; the settings can also be restored dynamically.
The AD5251/AD5252 provide additional increment,
decrement, +6 dB step change, and –6 dB step change in
synchronous or asynchronous channel update modes. The
increment and decrement functions allow stepwise linear
adjustments, while ±6 dB step changes are equivalent to
doubling or halving the RDAC wiper setting. These functions
are useful for steep-slope nonlinear adjustments such as white
LED brightness and audio volume control. The parts have a
patented resistance tolerance storing function which enable the
user to access the EEMEM and obtain the absolute end-to-end
resistance values of the RDACs for precision applications.
The AD5251/AD5252 are available in TSSOP-14 packages in
1 kΩ, 10 kΩ, 50 kΩ, and 100 kΩ options and all parts can
operate over the –40°C to +85°C extended industrial
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