Translator ICs

Translator ICs (integrated circuits) also known as level shifters, are semiconductor devices on a circuit that provide the translation of electrical signals from one voltage or one logic level to another. This allows for compatibility with other ICs that have different voltage requirements such as TTL and CMOS. Without these ICs, signals that cross voltage levels would be sampled incorrectly.

How do translator ICs work?

Translator ICs provide an interface between components that operate at different voltage levels. They can shift from low to high voltage and vice versa. Either up or down logic level translation is accomplished through the selection of power supply levels VDD (Voltage Drain Drain) and VCC (Voltage Common Collector). The VCC level sets the input signal levels while VDD selects the output voltage levels.

Types of translators IC's

IC translators are offered with a variety of a different number of pins, translation methods, package types such as SOIC SOT-23, VSSOP and different levels of logic.

Another type of translator that is available is I2C (Inter-Integrated Circuit) translators. These are a multi-master to multi-slave two-wire serial bus standard that enables serial communications at a number of bit rates. I2C translators signalling is made up of an individual signal of data that carries logic levels that get validated by a clock signal. Both signals that are transmitted are bi-directional.

Applications of translator ICs

Translator ICs are used in a wide range of applications such as

  • SD cards
  • SIM cards
  • CF cards
  • Audio codecs
  • UART(Universal asynchronous receiver-transmitter)

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      Description Price Logic Family Absolute Propagation Delay Time Bus Compatibility Mounting Type Number of Elements per Chip Package Type Output Type Pin Count Dimensions Logic Function Bi-Directional Maximum Low Level Output Current Maximum High Level Output Current Translation
      RS Stock No. 165-5578
      Mfr. Part No.ST2378ETTR
      MYR3.381
      Each (On a Reel of 2500)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP Open Drain, Totem Pole 20 6.6 x 4.48 x 1.05mm Translator - - - -
      RS Stock No. 880-5389
      Mfr. Part No.ST2378ETTR
      MYR5.513
      Each (In a Pack of 10)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP Open Drain, Totem Pole 20 6.6 x 4.48 x 1.05mm Translator - - - -
      RS Stock No. 709-4639
      Mfr. Part No.TXS0108EPWR
      MYR5.98
      Each
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP Open Drain 20 6.5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm Voltage Level Translator - 50mA -50mA -
      RS Stock No. 923-6949
      Mfr. Part No.TXS0108EPWR
      MYR3.044
      Each (On a Reel of 2000)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP Open Drain 20 6.5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm Voltage Level Translator - 50mA -50mA -
      RS Stock No. 145-5813
      Mfr. Part No.CD4504BE
      MYR2.216
      Each (In a Tube of 25)
      units
      4000 - - Through Hole - PDIP - 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm Voltage Level Shifter - 4.2mA -4.2mA CMOS, TTL to CMOS
      RS Stock No. 709-9029
      Mfr. Part No.TXB0101DBVT
      MYR2.306
      Each (In a Pack of 5)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - SOT-23 - 6 2.9 x 1.6 x 1.15mm Voltage Level Translator - 0.02mA -0.02mA -
      RS Stock No. 709-2545
      Mfr. Part No.CD4504BE
      MYR2.216
      Each (In a Pack of 10)
      units
      4000 - - Through Hole - PDIP - 16 19.3 x 6.35 x 4.57mm Voltage Level Shifter - 4.2mA -4.2mA CMOS, TTL to CMOS
      RS Stock No. 921-5119
      Mfr. Part No.TXB0108PWR
      MYR3.044
      Each (On a Reel of 2000)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP 3 State 20 6.5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm Voltage Level Translator - 0.02mA -0.02mA -
      RS Stock No. 787-6851
      Mfr. Part No.MC10H124FNG
      MYR38.09
      Each
      units
      74 - - Surface Mount - PLCC MECL 20 8.89 x 8.89 x 4.2mm Translator - 25mA 18mA TTL to MECL
      RS Stock No. 921-5065
      Mfr. Part No.TXS0104EPWR
      MYR4.784
      Each (On a Reel of 2000)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP Open Drain 14 5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm Voltage Level Translator - 1mA -0.02mA -
      RS Stock No. 709-9038
      Mfr. Part No.TXB0108PWR
      MYR5.98
      Each
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP 3 State 20 6.5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm Voltage Level Translator - 0.02mA -0.02mA -
      RS Stock No. 162-9387
      Mfr. Part No.MC10H124FNG
      MYR25.48
      Each (In a Tube of 46)
      units
      74 - - Surface Mount - PLCC MECL 20 8.89 x 8.89 x 4.2mm Translator - 25mA 18mA TTL to MECL
      RS Stock No. 787-6848
      Mfr. Part No.MC10ELT25DG
      MYR19.94
      Each
      units
      ECL - - Surface Mount - SOIC TTL 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm Translator - 24mA -3mA ECL to TTL
      RS Stock No. 709-8745
      Mfr. Part No.TXS0104EPWR
      MYR4.642
      Each (In a Pack of 5)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP Open Drain 14 5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm Voltage Level Translator - 1mA -0.02mA -
      RS Stock No. 162-9385
      Mfr. Part No.MC10ELT25DG
      MYR13.78
      Each (In a Tube of 98)
      units
      ECL - - Surface Mount - SOIC TTL 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm Translator - 24mA -3mA ECL to TTL
      RS Stock No. 170-3465
      Mfr. Part No.MC14504BDR2G
      MYR1.767
      Each (On a Reel of 2500)
      units
      CMOS, TTL - - Surface Mount - SOIC CMOS 16 19.55 x 6.85 x 3.43mm Level Translator - 8.8mA -8.8mA CMOS, TTL to CMOS
      RS Stock No. 817-5632
      Mfr. Part No.TXB0104RUTR
      MYR4.221
      Each (On a Tape of 10)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - UQFN 3 State 12 2.1 x 1.8 x 0.5mm Voltage Level Translator - 20µA -20µA -
      RS Stock No. 670-9722
      Mfr. Part No.FXLP34P5X
      MYR2.877
      Each (In a Pack of 10)
      units
      FXLP - - Surface Mount 1 SC-70 - 5 2 x 1.25 x 1mm Buffer - 2.6mA -2.6mA -
      RS Stock No. 773-7746
      Mfr. Part No.MC14504BDR2G
      MYR4.13
      Each (In a Pack of 5)
      units
      CMOS, TTL - - Surface Mount - SOIC CMOS 16 19.55 x 6.85 x 3.43mm Level Translator - 8.8mA -8.8mA CMOS, TTL to CMOS
      RS Stock No. 921-5103
      Mfr. Part No.TXB0104PWR
      MYR2.195
      Each (On a Reel of 2000)
      units
      - - - Surface Mount - TSSOP 3 State 14 5 x 4.4 x 1.15mm Voltage Level Translator - 0.02mA -0.02mA -