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High-voltage digital pulsers enhance ultrasound imaging

Posted: 25 Nov 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital pulser  imaging application  ultrasound 

MAX4940/MAX4940A pulser

Maxim Integrated Products debuts the MAX4940/MAX4940A quad/dual, high-voltage digital pulsers. These devices provide 2A (typ) of output current and can be independently configured to enable unipolar or bipolar pulsing in high-voltage systems from low-voltage logic inputs. Two logic inputs per channel and one independent enable input ensure that the output MOSFETs are turned off to speed ramp times and minimise delays between pulsing modes.

To improve image quality, these pulsers use an active-clamping architecture to reduce the second harmonic output and allow complete control of each driver's output stage. The MAX4940/MAX4940A are suited for use in high-voltage applications such as portable ultrasound imaging and industrial flaw detection, in which board space, power consumption, and performance are critical.

The MAX4940A features integrated blocking diodes that allow the user to configure the IC to support five levels of pulsing by connecting the outputs of multiple pulser channels in parallel. The MAX4940 is configured to support two levels of pulsing with a return-to-zero architecture. Both devices also feature an integrated thermal-shutdown circuit that disables all outputs once a junction temperature of +155°C is reached, thus preventing damage to the pulsers due to excessive power/heat dissipation.

The MAX4940/MAX4940A operate from a single positive supply up to +220V, a single negative supply down to -220V, or dual ±110V supplies. Fully specified over the 0°C to +70°C commercial temperature range, each device is available in a small, 8mm x 8mm, 56-pin TQFN package. Prices start at Rs.532.09 ($10.90) for 1,000-up, FOB USA

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