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Number of I/Os 8 Features Configuration registers, Interrupt pin, Reset pin Supply voltage (Min) (V) 1.65 Supply voltage (Max) (V) 5.5 Addresses 4 Rating Catalog Frequency (Max) (kHz) 400 Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85
Number of I/Os 8 Features Configuration registers, Interrupt pin, Reset pin Supply voltage (Min) (V) 1.65 Supply voltage (Max) (V) 5.5 Addresses 4 Rating Catalog Frequency (Max) (kHz) 400 Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85
SSOP (DB) 16 48 mm² 6.2 x 7.8 TSSOP (PW) 16 22 mm² 5 x 4.4
  • Low Standby Current Consumption
  • I2C to Parallel Port Expander
  • Open-Drain Active-Low Interrupt Output
  • Active-Low Reset Input
  • Operating Power-Supply Voltage Range of 1.65 V to 5.5 V
  • 5-V Tolerant I/O Ports
  • 400-kHz Fast I2C Bus
  • Two Hardware Address Pins Allow up to Four Devices on the I2C/SMBus
  • Input and Output Configuration Register
  • Polarity Inversion Register
  • Power-Up With All Channels Configured as Inputs
  • No Glitch on Power Up
  • Noise Filter on SCL/SDA Inputs
  • Latched Outputs With High-Current Drive Maximum Capability for Directly Driving LEDs
  • Latch-Up Performance Exceeds 100 mA Per JESD 78, Class II
  • ESD Protection Exceeds JESD 22
    • 2000-V Human-Body Model (A114-A)
    • 1000-V Charged-Device Model (C101)
  • Low Standby Current Consumption
  • I2C to Parallel Port Expander
  • Open-Drain Active-Low Interrupt Output
  • Active-Low Reset Input
  • Operating Power-Supply Voltage Range of 1.65 V to 5.5 V
  • 5-V Tolerant I/O Ports
  • 400-kHz Fast I2C Bus
  • Two Hardware Address Pins Allow up to Four Devices on the I2C/SMBus
  • Input and Output Configuration Register
  • Polarity Inversion Register
  • Power-Up With All Channels Configured as Inputs
  • No Glitch on Power Up
  • Noise Filter on SCL/SDA Inputs
  • Latched Outputs With High-Current Drive Maximum Capability for Directly Driving LEDs
  • Latch-Up Performance Exceeds 100 mA Per JESD 78, Class II
  • ESD Protection Exceeds JESD 22
    • 2000-V Human-Body Model (A114-A)
    • 1000-V Charged-Device Model (C101)

The TCA9538 is a 16-pin device that provides 8 bits of general purpose parallel input and output (I/O) expansion for the two-line bidirectional I2C bus (or SMBus) protocol. The device can operate with a power supply voltage ranging from 1.65 V to 5.5 V. The device supports both 100-kHz (Standard-mode) and 400-kHz (Fast-mode) clock frequencies. I/O expanders such as the TCA9538 provide a simple solution when additional I/Os are needed for switches, sensors, push-buttons, LEDs, fans, etc.

The features of the TCA9538 include an interrupt that is generated on the INT pin whenever an input port changes state. The A0 and A1 hardware selectable address pins allow up to four TCA9538 devices on the same I2C bus. The device can also be reset to its default sate by using the RESET feature or by cycling the power supply and causing a power-on reset.

The TCA9538 is a 16-pin device that provides 8 bits of general purpose parallel input and output (I/O) expansion for the two-line bidirectional I2C bus (or SMBus) protocol. The device can operate with a power supply voltage ranging from 1.65 V to 5.5 V. The device supports both 100-kHz (Standard-mode) and 400-kHz (Fast-mode) clock frequencies. I/O expanders such as the TCA9538 provide a simple solution when additional I/Os are needed for switches, sensors, push-buttons, LEDs, fans, etc.

The features of the TCA9538 include an interrupt that is generated on the INT pin whenever an input port changes state. The A0 and A1 hardware selectable address pins allow up to four TCA9538 devices on the same I2C bus. The device can also be reset to its default sate by using the RESET feature or by cycling the power supply and causing a power-on reset.

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* Data sheet TCA9538 Low Voltage 8-Bit I2C and SMBus Low-Power I/O Expander with Interrupt Output, Reset, and Configuration Registers datasheet (Rev. D) 10 Oct 2016
Application note I2C Dynamic Addressing 25 Apr 2019
Application note Choosing the Correct I2C Device for New Designs 07 Sep 2016
Application note Understanding the I2C Bus 30 Jun 2015
Application note Maximum Clock Frequency of I2C Bus Using Repeaters 15 May 2015
Application note I2C Bus Pull-Up Resistor Calculation 13 Feb 2015
User guide I/O Expander EVM User's Guide (Rev. A) 25 Jul 2014

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