MAX3237E 3-V To 5.5-V Single Channel RS-232 1 Mbit/s Line Driver/Receiver |

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3-V To 5.5-V Single Channel RS-232 1 Mbit/s Line Driver/Receiver


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The MAX3237E consists of five line drivers, three line receivers, and a dual charge-pump circuit with ±15-kV ESD protection pin to pin (serial-port connection pins, including GND). The device meets the requirements of TIA/EIA-232-F and provides 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. This device operates at data signaling rates of 250 kbit/s in normal operating mode (MBAUD = GND) and 1Mbit/s when MBAUD = VCC. The driver output slew rate is a maximum of 30 V/µs.

The MAX3237E transmitters are disabled and the outputs are forced into high-impedance state when the device is in shutdown mode (SHDN = GND) and the supply current falls to less than 1 µA. Also, during shutdown, the onboard charge pump is disabled; V+ is lowered to VCC, and V– is raised toward GND. Receiver outputs also can be placed in the high-impedance state by setting enable (EN) high. ROUT1B remains active all the time, regardless of the EN and SHDN condition.

The MAX3237EC is characterized for operation from 0°C to 70°C. The MAX3237EI is characterized for operation from –40°C to 85°C.


  • Meets or Exceeds the Requirements of TIA/EIA-232-F and ITU v.28 Standards
  • Operates With 3-V to 5.5-V VCC Supply
  • Operates From 250 kbits/s 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
  • Designed to Be Interchangeable With Maxim MAX3237E
  • Latch-Up Performance Exceeds 100 mA Per JESD 78, Class II
  • ESD Protection for RS-232 I/O Pins
    • ±15 kV – Human-Body Model (HBM)
    • ±8 kV – IEC61000-4-2, Contact Discharge
    • ±15 kV – IEC61000-4-2, Air-Gap Discharge
    • 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
MAX3237E Order now 5     3     3.3     1000     3.3
  15     Catalog     -40 to 85
0 to 70    
SOIC | 28
SSOP | 28
TSSOP | 28    
MAX3238 Order now 5     3     3.3     250     3.3
Auto-Powerdown Plus     15     Catalog     -40 to 85
0 to 70    
SSOP | 28
TSSOP | 28