SN65C3221 3-V To 5.5-V Multichannel RS-232 Line Driver/Receiver |

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3-V To 5.5-V Multichannel RS-232 Line Driver/Receiver

3-V To 5.5-V Multichannel RS-232 Line Driver/Receiver - SN65C3221

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The SN65C3221 and SN75C3221 consist of one line driver, one line receiver, and a dual charge-pump circuit with ±15-kV ESD protection pin to pin (serial-port connection pins, including GND). These devices provide the electrical interface between an asynchronous communication controller and the serial-port connector. The charge pump and four small external capacitors allow operation from a single 3-V to 5.5-V supply. These devices operate at data signaling rates up to 1 Mbit/s and a driver output slew rate of 24 V/µs to 150 V/µs.

Flexible control options for power management are available when the serial port is inactive. The auto-powerdown feature functions when FORCEON is low and FORCEOFF\ is high. During this mode of operation, if the devices do not sense a valid RS-232 signal on the receiver input, the driver output is disabled. If FORCEOFF\ is set low and EN\ is high, both the driver and receiver are shut off, and the supply current is reduced to 1 µA. Disconnecting the serial port or turning off the peripheral drivers causes the auto-powerdown condition to occur. Auto-powerdown can be disabled when FORCEON and FORCEOFF\ are high. With auto-powerdown enabled, the device is activated automatically when a valid signal is applied to the receiver input. The INVALID\ output notifies the user if an RS-232 signal is present at the receiver input. INVALID\ is high (valid data) if the receiver input voltage is greater than 2.7 V or less than –2.7 V, or has been between –0.3 V and 0.3 V for less than 30 µs. INVALID\ is low (invalid data) if the receiver input voltage is between –0.3 V and 0.3 V for more than 30 µs. Refer to Figure 5 for receiver input levels.


  • Operate With 3-V to 5.5-V VCC Supply
  • Operate up to 1 Mbit/s
  • Low Standby Current ...1 µA Typical
  • External Capacitors ...4 × 0.1 µF
  • Accepts 5-V Logic Input With 3.3-V Supply
  • RS-232 Bus-Pin ESD Protection Exceedsb ±15 kV Using Human-Body Model (HBM)
  • Auto-Powerdown Feature Automatically Disables Drivers for Power Savings
  • Applications
    • Battery-Powered, Hand-Held, and Portable Equipment
    • PDAs and Palmtop PCs
    • Notebooks, Sub-Notebooks, and Laptops
    • Digital Cameras
    • Mobile Phones and Wireless Devices


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Part number Order Drivers per package Receivers per package Logic voltage (Min) (V) Data rate (Max) (kbps) Main supply voltage (Nom) (V) Features ESD HBM (kV) Rating Operating temperature range (C) Package Group
SN65C3221 Order now 1     1     3.3     1000     3.3
Auto-Powerdown     15     Catalog     -40 to 85     SSOP | 16
TSSOP | 16    
SN65C3221-Q1 Samples not available 1     1     3.3     1000     3.3
Auto-Powerdown     15     Automotive     -40 to 85     TSSOP | 16    
SN75C3221 Order now 1     1     3.3     1000     3.3
Auto-Powerdown     15     Catalog     0 to 70     SOIC | 16
SSOP | 16
TSSOP | 16