The SP331 is a programmable RS-232 and/or RS-485 transceiver IC. The SP331 contains four drivers and four receivers when selected in RS-232 mode; and two drivers and two receivers when selected in RS-485 mode. The SP331 also contains a dual mode which has two RS-232 drivers/receivers plus one differential RS-485 driver/receiver.
The RS-232 transceivers can typically operate at 230kbps while adhering to the RS-232 specifications. The RS-485 transceivers can operate up to 10Mbps while adhering to the RS-485 specifications. The SP331 includes a self-test loopback mode where the driver outputs are internally configured to the receiver inputs. This allows for easy diagnostic serial port testing without using an external loopback plug. The RS-232 and RS-485 drivers can be disabled (High-Z output) by controlling a set of four select pins.
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- +5V Only Operation
- Software Programmable RS-232 or RS-485 Selection
- Four RS-232 Transceivers iRS-232 Mode
- Two RS-485 Full-Duplex Transceivers in RS-485 Mode
- Two RS-232 Transceivers and One RS-485 Transceiver in Dual Mode
- Self-Testing Loopback Mode
- Full Driver Tri-State (Hi-Z) Control
- Ideal for RS-232 to RS-485 conversion
Parts & Purchasing
|Part Number||Pkg Code||RoHS||Min Temp||Max Temp||Status||Buy Now||Order Samples|
Active - the part is released for sale, standard product.
EOL (End of Life) - the part is no longer being manufactured, there may or may not be inventory still in stock.
CF (Contact Factory) - the part is still active but customers should check with the factory for availability. Longer lead-times may apply.
PRE (Pre-introduction) - the part has not been introduced or the part number is an early version available for sample only.
OBS (Obsolete) - the part is no longer being manufactured and may not be ordered.
NRND (Not Recommended for New Designs) - the part is not recommended for new designs.
|02/11/2016||Foundry line qualification, Addition of qualified 6 inch wafer processing line in Silan||PCN 15-0727-03 Silan 6 inch-1033.pdf|
|11/16/2015||Updated information subsequent to original published PCN 15-0625-02 on 09/29/2015. Addendum: Update to package marking.||PCN 15-0625-02A UPDATE-1033.pdf|
|09/29/2015||Greatek as alternate assembly site Addition of an alternate production site, Greatek, Taiwan for 16L, 24L and 28L SOICW||PCN 15-0625-02 16L-24L-28L SOICW Greatek-1033.pdf|
|07/02/2013||Qualified copper wire bonding assembly in addition to currently qualified gold wire bonding assembly in Carsem. Material change.||PCN_12-1129-01-1033.pdf|
|07/30/2010||Process Change. Capacity enhancement.||PCN_10-0715-01-1033.pdf|
|02/22/2010||Process Change Process optimization and clarify conditions for the datasheets parameters.||PCN_10-0201-03-1033.pdf|
|02/28/2007||Product Obsolescence Letter and Discontinuation Notification. Discontinued.||POL_022807-1033.pdf|
|06/26/2006||Amendment of PCN transferring certain Power Management and Interface Products from Hillview fabrication and facility to wafer foundary Episil instead of Silan. See attached Product List Power Management and Interface products as listed are being transfer to external wafer foundry, due to cessation of operations of the sipex Hillview Fabrication manufacturing site||PCN 06-0130-16a-1033.pdf|
|02/02/2006||Announcing transfer of certain Power Management and Interface Products from Hillview fabrication and facility to wafer foundary Silan. See attached Product List Power Management and Interface products as listed are being transfer to external wafer foundry, due to cessation of operations of the sipex Hillview Fabrication manufacturing site||PCN-06-0130-16-1033.pdf|
Frequently Asked Questions
For RS-232 it is 50 feet (15 meters), or the cable length equal to a capacitance of 2500 pF, at a maximum transmission rate of 19.2kbps. When we reduce the baud rate, it allows for longer cable length. For Example:
Baud Rate (bps)
Maximum RS-232 Cable Length (ft)
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