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. 686-6055
Mfr. Part No.XR82C684CJ/44-F
BrandEXAR
HK$144.32
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4 - - - 1Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 44 5 V 16.66 x 16.66 x 3.68mm 16.66mm 16.66mm 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 923-7661
Mfr. Part No.MAX14830ETM+
HK$147.964
Each (In a Tube of 43)
units
4 RS485 - - 24MBd - Surface Mount TQFN 48 2.35 → 3.6 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 0.75mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 913-4250
Mfr. Part No.XR82C684CJ/44-F
BrandEXAR
HK$131.241
Each (In a Tube of 27)
units
4 - - - 1Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 44 5 V 16.66 x 16.66 x 3.68mm 16.66mm 16.66mm 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 786-0907
Mfr. Part No.MAX14830ETM+
HK$170.11
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4 RS485 - - 24MBd - Surface Mount TQFN 48 2.35 → 3.6 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 0.75mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 757-0026
Mfr. Part No.FT230XQ-R
BrandFTDI Chip
HK$17.16
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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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. 888-8716
Mfr. Part No.FT230XQ-T
BrandFTDI Chip
HK$17.111
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
- - - - - - Surface Mount QFN 16 - 4 x 4 x 0.75mm 4mm 4mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 923-1597
Mfr. Part No.FT230XQ-R
BrandFTDI Chip
HK$13.817
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. 162-7086
Mfr. Part No.TL16C554FNR
HK$72.864
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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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. 662-3946
Mfr. Part No.TL16C554FNR
HK$97.02
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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. 170-4468
Mfr. Part No.XR21V1410IL16-F
BrandEXAR
HK$21.99
Each (In a Tray of 490)
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- - - - - - Surface Mount QFN 16 - 3 x 3 x 0.88mm 3mm 3mm 0.88mm
RS Stock No. 170-4451
Mfr. Part No.ST16C554CQ64-F
BrandEXAR
HK$72.373
Each (In a Tray of 160)
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4 - 16B 16B 1.5Mbit/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. 662-5295
Mfr. Part No.TL16C2550PFB
HK$53.75
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2 - 16B 16B 1.5MBd Yes Surface Mount TQFP 48 5 V 7 x 7 x 1mm 7mm 7mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 170-4448
Mfr. Part No.ST16C552CJ68-F
BrandEXAR
HK$60.045
Each (In a Tube of 19)
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2 - 16B 16B 1.5Mbit/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. 799-2849
Mfr. Part No.MAX3109ETJ+
HK$57.45
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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. 531-2500
Mfr. Part No.TL16C552AFN
HK$73.88
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2 - 16B 16B 1MBd - Surface Mount PLCC 68 5 V 24.23 x 24.23 x 4.06mm 24.23mm 24.23mm 4.06mm
RS Stock No. 170-4469
Mfr. Part No.XR21V1414IM48-F
BrandEXAR
HK$42.96
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
- - - - - - Surface Mount TQFP 48 - 7 x 7 x 1mm 7mm 7mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 170-4452
Mfr. Part No.ST16C650ACQ48-F
BrandEXAR
HK$57.271
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. 913-4225
Mfr. Part No.ST16C2550CQ48-F
BrandEXAR
HK$44.276
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
2 RS232, RS485 16B 16B 4Mbit/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. 165-9559
Mfr. Part No.MAX3109ETJ+
HK$91.00
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. 170-4449
Mfr. Part No.ST16C554DCJ68-F
BrandEXAR
HK$72.14
Each (In a Tube of 19)
units
4 - 16B 16B 1.5Mbit/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
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