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. 170-9073
Mfr. Part No.FT232RQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
€2.045
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. 730-0168
Mfr. Part No.FT232RQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
€3.94
Each
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 UART 256B 128B 3MBd - Surface Mount QFN 32 5 V 5 x 5mm 5mm 5mm -
RS Stock No. 769-5560
Mfr. Part No.ST16C654DIQ64-F
BrandEXAR
€15.85
Each
units
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. 170-4513
Mfr. Part No.ST16C654DIQ64-F
BrandEXAR
€12.614
Each (In a Tray of 160)
units
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. 923-1616
Mfr. Part No.FT240XQ-R
BrandFTDI Chip
€1.434
Each (On a Reel of 5000)
units
1 SIE 512B 512B 1Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount QFN 24 5 V 4 x 4 x 0.75mm 4mm 4mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 757-0051
Mfr. Part No.FT240XQ-R
BrandFTDI Chip
€1.915
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
1 SIE 512B 512B 1Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount QFN 24 5 V 4 x 4 x 0.75mm 4mm 4mm 0.75mm
RS Stock No. 769-5620
Mfr. Part No.XR88C681J-F
BrandEXAR
€4.04
Each
units
2 RS232, RS422, RS485 1B 3B 1Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 44 5 V 16.66 x 16.66 x 4.57mm 16.66mm 16.66mm 4.57mm
RS Stock No. 769-5605
Mfr. Part No.XR20M1170IG16-F
BrandEXAR
€3.12
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. 162-7081
Mfr. Part No.TL16C2550PFB
€3.491
Each (In a Tray of 250)
units
2 - 16B 16B 1.5MBd Yes Surface Mount TQFP 48 5 V 7 x 7 x 1mm 7mm 7mm 1mm
RS Stock No. 170-4458
Mfr. Part No.XR82C684CJ-F
BrandEXAR
€14.866
Each (In a Tube of 19)
units
4 UART - - 1Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 68 5 V 24.33 x 24.33 x 3.68mm 24.33mm 24.33mm 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 170-4542
Mfr. Part No.XR16V554DIV-F
BrandEXAR
€9.253
Each (In a Tray of 160)
units
4 - 16B 16B 4Mbit/s - Surface Mount LQFP 64 2.25 → 3.6 V 10.1 x 10.1 x 1.45mm 10.1mm 10.1mm 1.45mm
RS Stock No. 170-4516
Mfr. Part No.XR20M1172IG28-F
BrandEXAR
€2.636
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
2 IrDA, RS232, RS422, RS485 64B 64B 16Mbit/s Yes Surface Mount TSSOP 28 1.6 → 3.6 V 9.8 x 4.5 x 1.05mm 9.8mm 4.5mm 1.05mm
RS Stock No. 923-1587
Mfr. Part No.FT232HQ-REEL
BrandFTDI Chip
€2.351
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. 170-4459
Mfr. Part No.XR88C681CJ-F
BrandEXAR
€6.156
Each (In a Tube of 27)
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. 646-6327
Mfr. Part No.PC16552DV/NOPB
€9.40
Each
units
2 - 16B 16B 1.5MBd Yes Surface Mount PLCC 44 5 V 16.51 x 16.51 x 3.68mm 16.51mm 16.51mm 3.68mm
RS Stock No. 797-4737
Mfr. Part No.SC16C2550BIB48,151
BrandNXP
€3.92
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. 769-6071
Mfr. Part No.ST16C1550CJ28-F
BrandEXAR
€5.16
Each
units
1 RS232, RS422, RS485 16B 16B 1.5Mbit/s - Surface Mount PLCC 28 2.97 → 5.5 V 11.58 x 11.58 x 4.57mm 11.58mm 11.58mm 4.57mm
RS Stock No. 162-7082
Mfr. Part No.TL16C452FNR
€3.411
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. 178-9093
Mfr. Part No.TL16C550CFNR
€6.131
Each (In a Tube of 26)
units
1 - 16B 16B 1MBd Yes Surface Mount PLCC 44 3 → 5.25 V 16.59 x 16.59 x 4.06mm 16.59mm 16.59mm 4.06mm
RS Stock No. 170-9070
Mfr. Part No.FT2232HL
BrandFTDI Chip
€3.297
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
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