Power Electronics

Interface ICs

The ISL4260E and ISL83386E have joined Intersil Corp.’s LINEARLINK™ family of high-performance RS-232 interface ICs. The ISL4260E joins the ISL424XE/ISL4238E RS-232 transceivers as the worlds smallest in a tiny 5 mm x 5 mm x 0.9 mm Quad Flat No-lead (QFN) package. The ISL83386E is a 20-lead TSSOP packaged version. Both package types are for use in any handheld battery-powered space-constrained device.

The ISL4260E and ISL83386E have three transmitters and two receivers. They operate over a 3 V to 5.5 V supply range and are fully compatible with 3 V, mixed 3 V and 5 V, and 5 V-only systems. They also feature a very low 300 uA supply current and an even lower power-down current of only 150 nA. The ISL83386E is a pin-for-pin match with the MAX3386E and SP3203E, and is intended for use in PDAs and other handheld devices requiring an RS-232 link to a PC.

A unique VL supply pin improves interoperation in mixed-voltage logic systems by adjusting the input thresholds and output logic levels to match the external supply. The RS-232 transmitters/receivers meet EIA/TIA-232 and V.28/V.24 specifications, even at Vcc = 3 V. ESD protection is provided (+/-15 kV, IEC610002 Air Gap and Human Body Model) on all transmitter outputs and receiver inputs.

The ISL4260E's QFN package occupies 40% less board space than the TSSOP package. Small lands on the underside perimeter provide circuit contact so there are no leads to become bent during handling or assembly. Unlike chip-scale packages that use an array of solder bumps, the perimeter lands of the QFN package allow post assembly inspection of solder joints. Special manufacturing equipment is not needed.

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