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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RS Stock No. 816-0239
Mfr. Part No.SC16IS762IPW,112
BrandNXP
HK$47.153
Each (In a Pack of 3)
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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. 170-4580
Mfr. Part No.XR16C850CM-F
BrandEXAR
HK$80.69
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
RS Stock No. 913-4256
Mfr. Part No.XR16L788IQ-F
BrandEXAR
HK$208.308
Each (In a Tray of 66)
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8 IrDA 64B 64B 6.25Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount PQFP 100 2.97 → 5.5 V 20.1 x 14.1 x 3.05mm 20.1mm 14.1mm 3.05mm
RS Stock No. 170-4453
Mfr. Part No.ST16C554DIJ68-F
BrandEXAR
HK$96.18
Each (In a Tube of 19)
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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
RS Stock No. 913-4301
Mfr. Part No.ST16C654IQ64-F
BrandEXAR
HK$117.74
Each (In a Tray of 160)
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4 IrDA, RS232, RS422, RS485 64B 64B 1.5Mbit/s - Surface Mount LQFP 64 2.97 → 5.5 V 10 x 10 x 1.4mm 10mm 10mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 757-0017
Mfr. Part No.FT200XD-R
BrandFTDI Chip
HK$17.11
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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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. 797-4759
Mfr. Part No.SC16C654DBIB64,151
BrandNXP
HK$102.16
Each
units
4 UART 64B 64B 5Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount LQFP 64 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V 10.1 x 10.1 x 1.45mm 10.1mm 10.1mm 1.45mm
RS Stock No. 797-4753
Mfr. Part No.SC16C752BIB48,151
BrandNXP
HK$47.07
Each
units
2 UART 64B 64B 5Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount LQFP 48 2.2 V, 2.5 V, 5 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.45mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 1.45mm
RS Stock No. 737-7852
Mfr. Part No.FT232HQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
HK$36.37
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1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART - - 12Mbit/s - Surface Mount QFN 48 1.8 V, 3.3 V 7 x 7 x 1.4mm 7mm 7mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 121-8491
Mfr. Part No.TL16C452FN
HK$42.874
Each (In a Tube of 18)
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RS Stock No. 921-5829
Mfr. Part No.HD3-6402R-9Z
HK$170.55
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1 - - - 125kBd - Through Hole PDIP 40 5 V 53.2 x 14.73 x 4.95mm 53.2mm 14.73mm 4.95mm
RS Stock No. 162-8368
Mfr. Part No.TIR1000PSR
HK$5.675
Each (On a Reel of 2000)
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- - - - - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 - 6.5 x 5.6 x 1.85mm 6.5mm 5.6mm 1.85mm
RS Stock No. 923-1587
Mfr. Part No.FT232HQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
HK$24.03
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART - - 12Mbit/s - Surface Mount QFN 48 1.8 V, 3.3 V 7 x 7 x 1.4mm 7mm 7mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 913-4244
Mfr. Part No.XR16L788CQ-F
BrandEXAR
HK$252.00
Each (In a Tray of 66)
units
8 IrDA 64B 64B 6.25Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount PQFP 100 2.97 → 5.5 V 20.1 x 14.1 x 3.05mm 20.1mm 14.1mm 3.05mm
RS Stock No. 757-0014
Mfr. Part No.FT220XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
HK$17.46
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. 165-9902
Mfr. Part No.SC16C654DBIB64,151
BrandNXP
HK$72.73
Each (In a Tray of 160)
units
4 UART 64B 64B 5Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount LQFP 64 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V 10.1 x 10.1 x 1.45mm 10.1mm 10.1mm 1.45mm
RS Stock No. 786-1001
Mfr. Part No.MAX3140CEI+
HK$59.21
Each
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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. 546-1472
Mfr. Part No.TL16C552FN
HK$93.87
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2 - 16B 16B 1Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 68 5 V 24.23 x 24.23 x 4.06mm 24.23mm 24.23mm 4.06mm
RS Stock No. 769-5605
Mfr. Part No.XR20M1170IG16-F
BrandEXAR
HK$30.21
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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. 732-9140
Mfr. Part No.MAX3100CPD+
HK$58.27
Each
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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
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