WM8523: Stereo charge pump DAC with ground ref 2Vrms line driver


The WM8523 is a stereo DAC with integral charge pump and software control interface. This provides 2Vrms line driver outputs using a single 3.3V power supply rail.

The device features ground-referenced outputs and the use of a DC servo to eliminate the need for line driving coupling capacitors and effectively eliminate power on pops and clicks.

The device is controlled and configured either via the I2C/SPI compliant serial control interface or a hardware control interface.

The device supports all common audio sampling rates between 8kHz and 192kHz using all common MCLK fs rates. Master and Slave modes are available and de-emphasis is also supported.

The WM8523 has a 3.3V tolerant digital interface, allowing logic up to 3.3V to be connected.

The device is available in a 20-lead TSSOP package.


  • High performance stereo DAC with ground referenced line driver
  • Audio Performance
    -  106dB SNR (‘A-weighted’)
    -  -89dB THD @ -1dBFS
  • Digital Volume control ranging from -100dB to +12dB
  • 120dB mute attenuation
  • All common sample rates from 8kHz to 192kHz supported
  • I2C/SPI compatible and hardware control modes
  • Data formats: LJ, RJ, I2S, DSP
  • De-emphasis supported
  • Maximum 1mV DC offset on Line Outputs
  • Pop/Click suppressed Power Up/Down Sequencer
  • AVDD and LINEVDD +3.3V ±10% allowing single supply
  • 20-lead TSSOP package
  • Operating temperature range: -40°C to 85°C