Universal Asynchronous Receivers & Transmitters

Universal Asynchronous Receiver-Transmitter, more commonly referred to as UART, is a type of serial communication interface. UART’s 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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RS Stock No. 162-7082
Mfr. Part No.TL16C452FNR
MYR16.07
Each (On a Reel of 250)
units
2 - - - 0.256Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 68 5 V 24.23 x 24.23 x 4.06mm 24.23mm 24.23mm 4.06mm
RS Stock No. 769-5589
Mfr. Part No.XR16L580IM-F
BrandEXAR
MYR13.38
Each
units
1 IrDA, RS232, RS422, RS485 16B 16B 3.125Mbit/s - Surface Mount TQFP 48 2.25 → 5.5 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.05mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 165-9400
Mfr. Part No.MAX3140CEI+
BrandMaxim
MYR52.534
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
1 RS422, RS485 - - 230kBd - Surface Mount QSOP 28 4.75 → 5.25 V 9.98 x 3.99 x 1.5mm 9.98mm 3.99mm 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 923-1590
Mfr. Part No.FT200XD-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR7.383
Each (On a Reel of 5000)
units
1 SIE, UART 512B 512B 3.4Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount DFN 10 5 V 3 x 3 x 0.75mm 3mm 3mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 173-0790
Mfr. Part No.XR20M1170IG16-F
BrandEXAR
MYR11.62
Each (In a Tube of 95)
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. 170-4446
Mfr. Part No.ST16C550CQ48-F
BrandEXAR
MYR13.87
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
1 - 16B 16B 1.5Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TQFP 48 2.97 → 5.5 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.05mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 913-4216
Mfr. Part No.ST16C2550CJ44-F
BrandEXAR
MYR21.693
Each (In a Tube of 27)
units
2 RS232, RS485 16B 16B 4Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount PLCC 44 2.97 → 5.5 V 16.66 x 16.66 x 3.68mm 16.66mm 16.66mm 3.68mm
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RS Stock No. 189-7774
Mfr. Part No.MAX3107ETG+
BrandMaxim
MYR26.938
Each (In a Tube of 86)
units
1 RS232, RS485 - - 24Mbps Yes Surface Mount TQFN 24 2.35 → 3.6 V 3.6 x 3.6 x 0.75mm 3.6mm 3.6mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 923-1597
Mfr. Part No.FT230XQ-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR7.565
Each (On a Reel of 5000)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485, SIE, UART 512B 512B 3MBd Yes Surface Mount QFN 16 5 V 4 x 4 x 0.75mm 4mm 4mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 170-4457
Mfr. Part No.XR17V258IV-F
BrandEXAR
MYR202.001
Each (In a Tube of 60)
units
8 IrDA 64B 64B 8Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount LQFP 144 3.3 V 20.1 x 20.1 x 1.45mm 20.1mm 20.1mm 1.45mm
RS Stock No. 170-4458
Mfr. Part No.XR82C684CJ-F
BrandEXAR
MYR54.026
Each (In a Tube of 19)
units
4 UART - - 1Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 68 5 V 24.33 x 24.33 x 3.68mm 24.33mm 24.33mm 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 797-4743
Mfr. Part No.SC16C554BIB80
BrandNXP
MYR43.60
Each
units
4 UART 16B 16B 5Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount LQFP 80 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V 12.1 x 12.1 x 1.5mm 12.1mm 12.1mm 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 165-9562
Mfr. Part No.MAX3100CPD+
BrandMaxim
MYR45.604
Each (In a Tube of 25)
units
1 IrDA 16B 16B 0.23MBd - Through Hole PDIP 14 3.3 V, 5 V 19.43 x 7.87 x 4.45mm 19.43mm 7.87mm 4.45mm
RS Stock No. 182-2570
Mfr. Part No.TL16C452FN
MYR27.24
Each
units
2 - - - 0.256Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 68 5 V 24.23 x 24.23 x 4.06mm 24.23mm 24.23mm 4.06mm
RS Stock No. 816-0239
Mfr. Part No.SC16IS762IPW,112
BrandNXP
MYR18.59
Each (In a Pack of 3)
units
2 IrDA, UART - - 5Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TSSOP 28 2.5 V, 3.3 V 9.8 x 4.5 x 0.95mm 9.8mm 4.5mm 0.95mm
RS Stock No. 757-0014
Mfr. Part No.FT220XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
MYR8.34
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 SIE, UART 512B 512B 500kbit/s Yes Surface Mount SSOP 16 5 V 0.197 x 0.157 x 0.059in 5mm 0.157in 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 165-9591
Mfr. Part No.MAX3107EAG+
BrandMaxim
MYR45.191
Each (In a Tube of 58)
units
1 RS232, RS485 - - 24Mbps Yes Surface Mount SSOP 24 2.35 → 3.6 V 8.33 x 5.38 x 1.78mm 8.33mm 5.38mm 1.78mm
RS Stock No. 686-5973
Mfr. Part No.XR16C854CJ-F
BrandEXAR
MYR76.84
Each
units
4 IrDA 128B 128B 2Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount PLCC 68 2.97 → 5.5 V 24.33 x 24.33 x 3.68mm 24.33mm 24.33mm 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 170-4452
Mfr. Part No.ST16C650ACQ48-F
BrandEXAR
MYR35.277
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
1 IrDA 32B 32B 3.125Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TQFP 48 2.9 → 5.5 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.05mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 170-4580
Mfr. Part No.XR16C850CM-F
BrandEXAR
MYR31.779
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
1 IrDA, RS232, RS422, RS485 - - 2Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TQFP 48 3.3 V, 5 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.05mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 1.05mm
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