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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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. 923-1607
Mfr. Part No.FT231XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
SGD2.344
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. 913-4216
Mfr. Part No.ST16C2550CJ44-F
BrandEXAR
SGD9.222
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
RS Stock No. 687-7720
Mfr. Part No.FT2232HL
BrandFTDI Chip
SGD8.62
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. 888-8716
Mfr. Part No.FT230XQ-T
BrandFTDI Chip
SGD3.163
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
- - - - - - Surface Mount QFN 16 - 4 x 4 x 0.75mm 4mm 4mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 162-7082
Mfr. Part No.TL16C452FNR
SGD5.303
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. 182-2570
Mfr. Part No.TL16C452FN
SGD9.91
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. 165-9559
Mfr. Part No.MAX3109ETJ+
BrandMaxim
SGD18.96
Each (In a Tube of 60)
units
1 RS232, RS485 - - 24Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TQFN 32 1.71 → 3.6 V 5.0 x 5.0 x 0.43mm 5mm 5.0mm 0.43mm
RS Stock No. 662-3911
Mfr. Part No.TL16C452FNR
SGD11.65
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. 797-4743
Mfr. Part No.SC16C554BIB80
BrandNXP
SGD17.70
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. 162-4339
Mfr. Part No.TL16C450FN
SGD3.832
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. 170-4468
Mfr. Part No.XR21V1410IL16-F
BrandEXAR
SGD4.428
Each (In a Tray of 490)
units
- - - - - - Surface Mount QFN 16 - 3 x 3 x 0.88mm 3mm 3mm 0.88mm
RS Stock No. 799-2849
Mfr. Part No.MAX3109ETJ+
BrandMaxim
SGD17.62
Each
units
1 RS232, RS485 - - 24Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TQFN 32 1.71 to 3.6 V 5.0 x 5.0 x 0.43mm 5mm 5.0mm 0.43mm
RS Stock No. 170-4466
Mfr. Part No.XR21V1412IL32-F
BrandEXAR
SGD8.632
Each (In a Tray of 490)
units
- - - - - - Surface Mount QFN 32 - 5 x 5 x 0.88mm 5mm 5mm 0.88mm
RS Stock No. 173-0790
Mfr. Part No.XR20M1170IG16-F
BrandEXAR
SGD5.582
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. 700-4371
Mfr. Part No.XR21V1412IL32-F
BrandEXAR
SGD5.48
Each
units
- - - - - - Surface Mount QFN 32 - 5 x 5 x 0.88mm 5mm 5mm 0.88mm
RS Stock No. 124-2420
Mfr. Part No.SC16C2550BIB48,151
BrandNXP
SGD6.669
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
2 UART 16B 16B 5Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount LQFP 48 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.6mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 1.6mm
RS Stock No. 923-1584
Mfr. Part No.FT232HL-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
SGD8.328
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. 145-6173
Mfr. Part No.TL16C554IFN
SGD17.207
Each (In a Tube of 18)
units
4 - 16B 16B 1MBd Yes Surface Mount PLCC 68 5 V 24.23 x 24.23 x 4.06mm 24.23mm 24.23mm 4.06mm
RS Stock No. 166-0323
Mfr. Part No.SC16C550BIB48,128
BrandNXP
SGD2.914
Each (On a Reel of 2000)
units
1 UART 16B 16B 3Mbit/s - Surface Mount LQFP 48 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V 7 x 7 x 1.4mm 7mm 7mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 662-3946
Mfr. Part No.TL16C554FNR
SGD15.70
Each
units
4 - 16B 16B 1MBd Yes Surface Mount PLCC 68 5 V 24.23 x 24.23 x 4.06mm 24.23mm 24.23mm 4.06mm
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