Stereo D/A Converter with 2VRMS Line Driver

The WM8521 is a 192kHz stereo DAC with an integrated output op-amp stage, designed to generate a 2.0VRMS output signal directly, so reducing external component requirements in digital audio applications. WM8521 comes in the WM8521H9 variant which offers different line drive output capabilities and outputs 2.0VRMS at 9V supply. WM8521 is designed for cost sensitive consumer digital audio applications requiring 2VRMS line output. A 24-bit multi-bit sigma delta DAC is used with oversampling digital interpolation filters. Digital audio input word lengths from 16-32 bits and sampling rates from 8kHz to 192kHz are supported. The audio interface supports I²S, Right Justified and DSP digital audio formats. The devices are controlled via a hardware interface which provides access to features including de-emphasis, mute and data formats. These devices are pin equivalent and are available in a 14-pin SOIC package.


  • Audio Performance
  • DAC SNR 98dB (’A’ weighted @ 48kHz)
  • THD -81dB (’A’ weighted @ 48kHz)
  • DAC Sampling Frequency: 8kHz - 192kHz
  • Pin Selectable Audio Data Interface Format
  • I²S, 16-bit Right Justified or 16-bit DSP
  • 2.0 VRMS output at 12V or 9V supply
  • 8.2V to 13.2V analog, 2.7V to 3.6V Digital Supply
  • 14-pin SOIC Package

Parametric Specifications

Channel(s) Out 2
Resolution (bits) 24
Dynamic Range (dB) 98
THD+N (dB) -81
Sample Rate (kHz) 192
Output Level (Vrms) 2
Package 14 SOIC

Technical Documents

WM8521 Product Datasheet

Feb 1, 2013, v4.2 : 310 Kb

WM8521-EV1M Evaluation Board User Handbook

Feb 1, 2005, v1.2 : 332 Kb


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