Universal Asynchronous Receivers & Transmitters

Universal Asynchronous Receiver-Transmitter, more commonly referred to as UART, is a type of serial communication interface. UARTs primary function is to transmit and receive data via a data bus. It allows two devices, such as computers, to carry out data transmission over a wired connection. UARTs convert incoming and outgoing data bytes into a serial bit stream.

These particular UARTs are stand-alone integrated circuits (ICs). However, you can also find UARTs within microcontrollers (MCUs).

UART ICs (integrated circuits) are semiconductor devices which can be integrated into your electronics designs to enable UART communication. UART is a popular method of communication in electronics projects. It enables computer hardware to communicate with other modems and serial devices.

When choosing a UART IC, ensure that it meets the requirements of the modem transmission rate.

What does a UART consist of?

One side of the UART feature around 8 data lines and the control pins. The other side of the UART has two serial wires, the Transmission (TX) and the Receiving (RX).

Communication Standards

UARTs may feature a communication standard which defines the signals between devices. These standards include RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485.

What is baud rate?

UART baud rate is the speed at which the data is transferred which is given in bits per second (bit/s or bps). The devices that you are communicating between should both have the same baud rate.

What does Asynchronous mean?

Asynchronous is a type of serial communication where the interfaces at each end are not synchronised by a common clock signal.

What is USART?

USART is very similar in functionality to a UART device. However, it also offers the possibility of a synchronous mode.


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Description Price Number of Channels per Chip Standard Supported Transmit FIFO Receive FIFO Maximum Data Rate Transmitter and Receiver FIFO Counter Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Typical Operating Supply Voltage Dimensions Length Width Height
RS Stock No. 730-0168
Mfr. Part No.FT232RQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR18.41
Each
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART 256B 128B 3MBd - Surface Mount QFN 32 5 V 5 x 5mm 5mm 5mm -
RS Stock No. 170-9073
Mfr. Part No.FT232RQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR9.996
Each (On a Reel of 6000)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART 256B 128B 3MBd - Surface Mount QFN 32 5 V 5 x 5mm 5mm 5mm -
RS Stock No. 757-0032
Mfr. Part No.FT231XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR9.535
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485, SIE, UART 512B 512B 3MBd Yes Surface Mount SSOP 20 5 V 0.344 x 0.157 x 0.059in 8.74mm 0.157in 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 888-8722
Mfr. Part No.FT231XS-U
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR7.482
Each (In a Pack of 1160)
units
- - - - - - Surface Mount SSOP 20 - 8.74 x 3.99 x 1.5mm 8.74mm 3.99mm 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 923-1607
Mfr. Part No.FT231XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR6.508
Each (On a Reel of 2000)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485, SIE, UART 512B 512B 3MBd Yes Surface Mount SSOP 20 5 V 0.344 x 0.157 x 0.059in 8.74mm 0.157in 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 923-1616
Mfr. Part No.FT240XQ-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR9.056
Each (On a Reel of 5000)
units
1 SIE 512B 512B 1Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount QFN 24 5 V 4 x 4 x 0.75mm 4mm 4mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 737-7843
Mfr. Part No.FT232HL-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR17.38
Each
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART - - 12Mbit/s - Surface Mount LQFP 48 1.8 V, 3.3 V 7 x 7 x 1.4mm 7mm 7mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 757-0010
Mfr. Part No.FT230XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR10.04
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485, SIE, UART 512B 512B 3MBd Yes Surface Mount SSOP 16 5 V 0.197 x 0.157 x 0.059in 5mm 0.157in 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 923-1581
Mfr. Part No.FT230XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR8.456
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485, SIE, UART 512B 512B 3MBd Yes Surface Mount SSOP 16 5 V 0.197 x 0.157 x 0.059in 5mm 0.157in 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 687-7720
Mfr. Part No.FT2232HL
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR32.08
Each
units
2 RS232, RS422, RS485 - - 480Mbit/s - Surface Mount LQFP 64 - 10 x 10 x 1.4mm 10mm 10mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 923-1584
Mfr. Part No.FT232HL-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR11.699
Each (On a Reel of 1500)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART - - 12Mbit/s - Surface Mount LQFP 48 1.8 V, 3.3 V 7 x 7 x 1.4mm 7mm 7mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 757-0051
Mfr. Part No.FT240XQ-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR8.83
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 SIE 512B 512B 1Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount QFN 24 5 V 4 x 4 x 0.75mm 4mm 4mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 182-2508
Mfr. Part No.TL16C450FN
MYR18.81
Each
units
1 - - - 0.256Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 44 5 V 16.59 x 16.59 x 4.06mm 16.59mm 16.59mm 4.06mm
RS Stock No. 170-9070
Mfr. Part No.FT2232HL
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR23.521
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
units
2 RS232, RS422, RS485 - - 480Mbit/s - Surface Mount LQFP 64 - 10 x 10 x 1.4mm 10mm 10mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 162-4339
Mfr. Part No.TL16C450FN
MYR16.93
Each (In a Tube of 26)
units
1 - - - 0.256Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 44 5 V 16.59 x 16.59 x 4.06mm 16.59mm 16.59mm 4.06mm
RS Stock No. 769-5563
Mfr. Part No.ST16C654IJ68-F
BrandMaxLinear
MYR64.25
Each
units
4 IrDA, RS232, RS422, RS485 64B 64B 1.5Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 68 2.97 → 5.5 V 24.33 x 24.33 x 5.08mm 24.33mm 24.33mm 5.08mm
RS Stock No. 769-5605
Mfr. Part No.XR20M1170IG16-F
BrandMaxLinear
MYR14.44
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 IrDA, RS232, RS422, RS485 64B 64B 16Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TSSOP 16 1.6 → 3.6 V 5.1 x 4.5 x 0.95mm 5.1mm 4.5mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 686-5998
Mfr. Part No.XR16L784CV-F
BrandEXAR
MYR97.38
Each
units
4 IrDA 64B 64B 6.25Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount LQFP 64 2.97 → 5.5 V 10.1 x 10.1 x 1.45mm 10.1mm 10.1mm 1.45mm
RS Stock No. 662-3921
Mfr. Part No.TL16C550CPTR
MYR17.06
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
1 - 16B 16B 1MBd Yes Surface Mount LQFP 48 3 → 5.25 V 7 x 7 x 1.4mm 7mm 7mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 165-9908
Mfr. Part No.SC16C752BIB48,151
BrandNXP
MYR15.912
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
2 UART 64B 64B 5Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount LQFP 48 2.2 V, 2.5 V, 5 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.45mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 1.45mm