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. 923-1607
Mfr. Part No.FT231XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP78.887
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. 888-8722
Mfr. Part No.FT231XS-U
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP78.887
Each (In a Pack of 1160)
units
- - - - - - Surface Mount SSOP 20 - 8.74 x 3.99 x 1.5mm 8.74mm 3.99mm 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 757-0032
Mfr. Part No.FT231XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP101.80
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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. 687-7720
Mfr. Part No.FT2232HL
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP374.31
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. 170-9070
Mfr. Part No.FT2232HL
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP312.195
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
units
2 RS232, RS422, RS485 - - 480Mbit/s - Surface Mount LQFP 64 - 10 x 10 x 1.4mm 10mm 10mm 1.4mm
RS Stock No. 170-9073
Mfr. Part No.FT232RQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP112.851
Each (On a Reel of 6000)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART 256B 128B 3MBd - Surface Mount QFN 32 5 V 5 x 5mm 5mm 5mm -
RS Stock No. 797-4737
Mfr. Part No.SC16C2550BIB48,151
BrandNXP
PHP323.40
Each
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. 124-2420
Mfr. Part No.SC16C2550BIB48,151
BrandNXP
PHP235.62
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. 757-0036
Mfr. Part No.FT221XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP131.27
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 SIE, UART 512B 512B 1Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount SSOP 20 5 V 0.344 x 0.157 x 0.059in 8.74mm 0.157in 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 923-1600
Mfr. Part No.FT221XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP77.857
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
1 SIE, UART 512B 512B 1Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount SSOP 20 5 V 0.344 x 0.157 x 0.059in 8.74mm 0.157in 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 730-0168
Mfr. Part No.FT232RQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP213.97
Each
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART 256B 128B 3MBd - Surface Mount QFN 32 5 V 5 x 5mm 5mm 5mm -
RS Stock No. 189-7772
Mfr. Part No.MAX3100EEE+
PHP330.965
Each (In a Tube of 100)
units
1 IrDA 16B 16B 0.23MBd - Surface Mount QSOP 16 2.7 → 5.5 V 4.98 x 3.99 x 1.55mm 4.98mm 3.99mm 1.55mm
RS Stock No. 189-7773
Mfr. Part No.MAX3107EAG+
PHP320.293
Each (In a Tube of 58)
units
1 RS232, RS485 - - 24Mbps Yes Surface Mount SSOP 24 2.35 → 3.6 V 8.33 x 5.38 x 1.78mm 8.33mm 5.38mm 1.78mm
RS Stock No. 799-2849
Mfr. Part No.MAX3109ETJ+
PHP392.93
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. 170-4579
Mfr. Part No.XR16L2750CM-F
BrandEXAR
PHP290.85
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
2 IrDA, RS422, RS485 - - 6.25Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TQFP 48 2.5 V, 3.3 V, 5 V 7.1 x 7.1 x 1.05mm 7.1mm 7.1mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 686-6067
Mfr. Part No.XR88C681CJ-F
BrandMaxLinear
PHP447.30
Each
units
2 - - - 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. 757-0010
Mfr. Part No.FT230XS-R
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP98.745
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485, SIE, UART 512B 512B 3MBd Yes Surface Mount SSOP 16 5 V 0.197 x 0.157 x 0.059in 5mm 0.157in 1.5mm
RS Stock No. 200-1783
Mfr. Part No.FT232HL-TRAY
BrandFTDI Chip
PHP243.345
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 - - - 12Mbps - - LQFP 48 2.97 V - - - -
RS Stock No. 700-4374
Mfr. Part No.XR17V358IB176-F
BrandEXAR
PHP883.58
Each
units
8 IrDA 256B 256B 25Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount FBGA 176 3.3 V 13.1 x 13.1 x 1.15mm 13.1mm 13.1mm 1.15mm
RS Stock No. 162-7082
Mfr. Part No.TL16C452FNR
PHP239.40
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
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