MAX232IDW . Part Information

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Part Specifications

Device Type Line Driver / Receiver
IC Interface Type RS232
No. of Drivers 2Drivers
No. of Receivers 2Receivers
Supply Voltage Min 4.5V
Supply Voltage Max 5.5V
Driver Case Style SOIC
No. of Pins 16Pins
Operating Temperature Min -40°C
Operating Temperature Max 85°C
Product Range -
Automotive Qualification Standard -
MSL MSL 1 - Unlimited
IC Generic Number MAX232
SVHC No SVHC (27-Jun-2018)
RoHS Phthalates Compliant Yes
Base Number 232
Data Rate 120Kbps
Operating Temperature Range -40°C to +85°C
Propagation Delay 500ns
Supply Current 8mA
Supply Voltage Range 4.5V to 5.5V
Termination Type Surface Mount Device
RoHS Compliant

Alternative Part Descriptions

  • Dual EIA-232 Driver/Receiver MAX232IDWG4 | RS Components
  • EIA-232 DRIVE/RECEIVER, DUAL, 16SOIC; Device Type:Line Driver / Receiver; IC Interface Type:RS232; No. of Drivers:2Drivers; No. of Receivers:2Receivers; Supply Voltage Min:4.5V; Supply Voltage Max:5.5V; Driver Case Style:SOIC; No. ofRoHS Compliant: Yes | Newark Electronics
  • 5-V dual channel 120kbps RS-232 line driver/receiver with +/-9V output & +/-2-kV ESD protection | Texas Instruments
  • Transceiver [Texas Instruments] MAX232IDW Transceiver | Distrelec

Engineeer Comments

RS232 is, in many ways, a living fossil. While the relatively low data rates don't qualify the protocol as a high-speed communication interface, it's robustness and ease of implementation nevertheless make it attractive.

One of Dallas Maxim's absolute evergreens is the MAX232- a nifty transceiver IC which makes use of a capacitor based voltage boosting circuit to generate the voltage levels needed for fullly protocol compliant RS232 communication.

Having a second source makes evergreens even more popular. Texas Instruments is an international semiconductor powerhouse, and has been offering a second source alternative for quite some time. If you ever need to perform a fully protocol compliant RS232 communication and don't have access to the needed voltage levels, don't burden your design with complex boost regulators.

Instead, do it like the elders have done - a MAX232, a few capacitors, and have a happy day. The part is available in a DIP housing: convenient for small scale production and prototyping.

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