SP3232EB

True +3.0V to +5.5V RS-232 Transceivers

Description

The SP3222EB/SP3232EB series is an RS-232 transceiver solution intended for portable or hand-held applications such as notebook or palmtop computers. The SP3222EB/SP3232EB series has a high-efficiency, charge-pump power supply that requires only 0.1μF capacitors in 3.3V operation. This charge pump allows the SP3222EB/SP3232EB series to deliver true RS-232 performance from a single power supply ranging from +3.0V to +5.5V. The SP3222EB/SP3232EB are 2-driver/2-receiver devices. This series is ideal for portable or hand-held applications such as notebook or palmtop computers. The ESD tolerance of the SP3222EB/SP3232EB devices are over +/-15kV for both Human Body Model and IEC1000- 4-2 Air discharge test methods. The SP3222EB device has a low-power shutdown mode where the devices' driver outputs and charge pumps are disabled. During shutdown, the supply current falls to less than 1μA.

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Features

  • Meets true EIA/TIA-232-F Standards from a +3.0V to +5.5V power supply
  • 250kbps Transmission Rate Under Load
  • Interoperable with RS-232 down to +2.7V power source
  • Enhanced ESD Specifications:
    • ±15kV Human Body Model
    • ±15kV IEC1000-4-2 Air Discharge
    • ±8kV IEC1000-4-2 Contact Discharge

Application

Design Tools

Packaging

Pkg Code Details Quantities Dimensions PDF
NSOIC16
  • JEDEC Reference: MS-012
  • MSL Pb-Free: L2 @ 260ºC
  • MSL SnPb Eutectic: n/a
  • ThetaJA: 82.2ºC/W
  • Bulk Pack Style: Tube
  • Quantity per Bulk Pack: 49
  • Quantity per Reel: 2500
  • Quantity per Tube: 49
  • Quantity per Tray: n/a
  • Reel Size (Dia. x Width x Pitch): 330 x 16 x 8
  • Tape & Reel Unit Orientation: Quadrant 1
  • Dimensions: mm
  • Length: 9.90
  • Width: 3.90
  • Thickness: 1.75
  • Lead Pitch: 1.27
PDIP16
  • JEDEC Reference: MS-001
  • MSL Pb-Free: n/a
  • MSL SnPb Eutectic: n/a
  • ThetaJA: 69.9ºC/W
  • Bulk Pack Style: Tube
  • Quantity per Bulk Pack: n/a
  • Quantity per Reel: n/a
  • Quantity per Tube: 25
  • Quantity per Tray: n/a
  • Reel Size (Dia. x Width x Pitch): n/a
  • Tape & Reel Unit Orientation: n/a
  • Dimensions: inch
  • Length: 0.75
  • Width: 0.25
  • Thickness: 0.13
  • Lead Pitch: 0.10
SSOP16
  • JEDEC Reference: MO-150
  • MSL Pb-Free: L2 @ 260ºC
  • MSL SnPb Eutectic: n/a
  • ThetaJA: 87ºC/W
  • Bulk Pack Style: Tube
  • Quantity per Bulk Pack: 76
  • Quantity per Reel: 1500
  • Quantity per Tube: 76
  • Quantity per Tray: n/a
  • Reel Size (Dia. x Width x Pitch): 330 x 16 x 12
  • Tape & Reel Unit Orientation: Quadrant 1
  • Dimensions: mm
  • Length: 6.20
  • Width: 5.30
  • Thickness: 2.00
  • Lead Pitch: 0.65
TSSOP16
  • JEDEC Reference: MO-153
  • MSL Pb-Free: L1 @ 260ºC
  • MSL SnPb Eutectic: n/a
  • ThetaJA: 100.4ºC/W
  • Bulk Pack Style: Tube
  • Quantity per Bulk Pack: 95
  • Quantity per Reel: 2500
  • Quantity per Tube: 95
  • Quantity per Tray: n/a
  • Reel Size (Dia. x Width x Pitch): 330 x 12 x 8
  • Tape & Reel Unit Orientation: Quadrant 1
  • Dimensions: mm
  • Length: 5.00
  • Width: 4.40
  • Thickness: 1.2
  • Lead Pitch: 0.65
WSOIC16
  • JEDEC Reference: MS-013
  • MSL Pb-Free: L3 @ 260ºC
  • MSL SnPb Eutectic: n/a
  • ThetaJA: 69.1ºC/W
  • Bulk Pack Style: Tube
  • Quantity per Bulk Pack: 47
  • Quantity per Reel: 1500
  • Quantity per Tube: 47
  • Quantity per Tray: n/a
  • Reel Size (Dia. x Width x Pitch): 330 x 16 x 12
  • Tape & Reel Unit Orientation: Quadrant 1
  • Dimensions: mm
  • Length: 10.30
  • Width: 7.50
  • Thickness: 2.65
  • Lead Pitch: 1.27
QFN16 5x5
  • JEDEC Reference:
  • MSL Pb-Free:
  • MSL SnPb Eutectic:
  • ThetaJA:
  • Bulk Pack Style:
  • Quantity per Bulk Pack:
  • Quantity per Reel:
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Parts & Purchasing

Part Number Pkg Code RoHS Min Temp Max Temp Status Buy Now Order Samples
SP3232EBCA-L SSOP16 0 70 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBCA-L/TR
SP3232EBCA-L/TR SSOP16 0 70 Active
SP3232EBCN-L NSOIC16 0 70 Active
SP3232EBCN-L/TR NSOIC16 0 70 Active
SP3232EBCP-L PDIP16 0 70 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBCT-L
SP3232EBCT-L WSOIC16 0 70 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBCT-L/TR
SP3232EBCT-L/TR WSOIC16 0 70 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBCA-L/TR
SP3232EBCY-L TSSOP16 0 70 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBCY-L/TR
SP3232EBCY-L/TR TSSOP16 0 70 Active
SP3232EBEA-L SSOP16 -40 85 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBEA-L/TR
SP3232EBEA-L/TR SSOP16 -40 85 Active
SP3232EBEN-L NSOIC16 -40 85 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBEN-L/TR
SP3232EBEN-L/TR NSOIC16 -40 85 Active
SP3232EBEP-L PDIP16 -40 85 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBET-L
SP3232EBER-L QFN16 5x5 -40 85 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBER-L/TR
SP3232EBER-L/TR QFN16 5x5 -40 85 Active
SP3232EBET-L WSOIC16 -40 85 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBET-L/TR
SP3232EBET-L/TR WSOIC16 -40 85 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBEY-L/TR
SP3232EBEY-L TSSOP16 -40 85 OBS Suggested:
SP3232EBEY-L/TR
SP3232EBEY-L/TR TSSOP16 -40 85 Active
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Part Status Legend
Active - the part is released for sale, standard product.
EOL (End of Life) - the part is no longer being manufactured, there may or may not be inventory still in stock.
CF (Contact Factory) - the part is still active but customers should check with the factory for availability. Longer lead-times may apply.
PRE (Pre-introduction) - the part has not been introduced or the part number is an early version available for sample only.
OBS (Obsolete) - the part is no longer being manufactured and may not be ordered.
NRND (Not Recommended for New Designs) - the part is not recommended for new designs.

Quality Documents

Part NumberMDSRoHSREACHReL
SP3232EBCY-LDownloadDownloadDownload
SP3232EBCA-LDownloadDownload
SP3232EBCN-LDownloadDownload
SP3232EBCT-LDownloadDownload
SP3232EBEA-LDownloadDownload
SP3232EBEN-LDownloadDownload
SP3232EBEY-LDownloadDownload
SP3232EBDownload
Additional Quality Documentation may be available, please contact customersupport@exar.com.
Distribution Date Description File
07/21/2017 Qualification of alternate assembly subcon, ANST. PCN 17-0626-01 ANST-1033.pdf
07/11/2017 Product Discontinuation Notification PDN_17-0626-02-1033.pdf
05/10/2017 Qualification of alternate assembly subcon, JCET. PCN 17-0208-03 JCET-1033.pdf
02/23/2017 Qualification of alternate assembly subcon, ANST, China. PCN 16-1149-02-01 ANST-1033.pdf
02/15/2017 Qualification of alternate assembly subcon, ANST. PCN 16-1149-02 ANST-1033.pdf
01/16/2017 Material Change. ANST qualified Mitsui as alternate lead frame supplier for TSSOP16L package, in addition to current qualified lead frame supplier FULL RIVER. PCN 16-0835-05 Mitsui lead frame-1033.pdf
08/12/2016 Addition of an alternate qualified location, JCET, for assembly using copper wire bonding. PCN 16-0522-03 JCET-1033.pdf
08/11/2016 Qualification of alternate assembly subcon, JCET. PCN 16-0521-05 JCET-1033.pdf
07/26/2016 Product discontinuation notification. Discontinued. PDN 16-0626-01-1033.pdf
02/05/2016 Alternate assembly site. Addition of an alternate assembly supplier ANST (China) PCN 15-1041-01 ANST-1033.PDF
11/16/2015 Updated information subsequent to original published PCN 15-0625-02 on 09/29/2015. Addendum: Update to package marking. PCN 15-0625-02A UPDATE-1033.pdf
09/29/2015 Greatek as alternate assembly site Addition of an alternate production site, Greatek, Taiwan for 16L, 24L and 28L SOICW PCN 15-0625-02 16L-24L-28L SOICW Greatek-1033.pdf
09/11/2015 Alternate assembly site Addition of an alternate assembly supplier Greatek in Taiwan. PCN 15-0625-04 Greatek-1033.pdf
07/14/2014 Qualified 0.25um foundry process in TSMC and SSOP 16L in Greatek. Both copper and gold wire bonding processes qualified. Alternate Foundry and Assembly Site. PCN_13-0834-05-1033.pdf
09/16/2013 Qualification of an alternate foundry TSMC using 0.25um CMOS process. Alternate Foundry Site & Process Changes. PCN_13-0730-02-1033.pdf
07/26/2013 5-inch wafer with PSG 10KÅ passivation Material and other (foundry 6 inch wafer qualification) changes. PCN_13-0507-02-1033.pdf
07/02/2013 Addition of an alternate qualified assembly supplier, Carsem (Malaysia) for 14 and 16 lead NSOIC package using copper wire bonding. Material change. PCN_13-0128-01-1033.pdf
05/23/2013 Qualified copper wire bonding assembly in addition to currently qualified gold wire bonding assembly in Carsem. Material change. PCN_13-0125-02-1033.pdf
09/24/2012 Material Change - Bond wire is changed from gold to copper. To update our manufacturing to be compatible with current industry standards and maintain capacity. PCN_12-0914-01-1033.pdf
06/16/2011 Add an alternative qualified assembly & test supplier, JCET, China. Capacity enhancement. PCN_11-0609-01-1033.pdf
05/10/2011 Product Discontinuation Notice. Discontinued due to low market demand. PDN_11-0510-01-1033.pdf
01/26/2011 Use 6’’ production line in the Silan, China wafer fabrication. Capacity enhancement. PCN_11-0117-01-1033.pdf
10/05/2010 Addition of an alternative qualified assembly and test supplier – JCET, China. Capacity enhancement PCN_10-0920-01-1033.pdf
01/25/2010 Material Change; Product transfer to a qualified assembly supplier. To enhance production capacity and also to use environmentally friendly Green material. PCN_10-0107-01-1033.pdf
12/14/2009 Material Change. Use environmental friendly Green (halogen free) material and also for standardization. PCN_09-1109-01-1033.pdf
12/07/2009 Enhancement of NSOIC 8, NSOIC14 and NSOIC16 packages to Green (halogen-free) via Mold Compound & Die Attach Material. Enhance packages to be Green (halogen-free). PCN_09-0911-01-1033.pdf
05/19/2009 Notice of Obsolescence Discontinued by Exar Corporation due to low market demand PDN 081126-01-1033.pdf
11/26/2008 Notice of Obsolescence Package Discontinuation Notice PDN_081126-01-1033.pdf
09/29/2008 Product assembly of 14/16/18 lead PDIP families will be transferred from Unisem-Ipoh (Malaysia) to Unisem-Batam (Indonesia). Business consolidation and use of environmental friendly material. pcn08-0929-01-1033.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

For RS-232 it is 50 feet (15 meters), or the cable length equal to a capacitance of 2500 pF, at a maximum transmission rate of 19.2kbps. When we reduce the baud rate, it allows for longer cable length. For Example:

 

Baud Rate (bps)

Maximum RS-232 Cable Length (ft)

19200

50

9600

500

4800

1000

2400

3000

 
For RS-485 / RS-422 the data rate can exceed 10Mbps depending on the cable length. A cable length of 15 meters (50 feet) will do a maximum of 10Mbps. A cable length of 1200 meters (4000 feet) will do a maximum of 90kbps over 24 AWG gauge twisted pair cable (with 10 pF/ft). Refer to Annex A TIA/EIA-422-B.
 
 
RS-232 uses both positive and negative voltages for signaling. The RS-232 driver needs a charge pump circuit to generate these signal voltages from a single Vcc supply. Four capacitors are needed to generate the positive (V+ or Vdd) and negative (V- or Vss) voltages.
ESD tests are “destructive tests.” The part is tested until it suffers damage. Therefore parts cannot be 100% tested in production, instead a sample of parts are characterized during the product qualification. The test procedure consists of “zapping” pins with a given voltage using the appropriate model and then running the part through electrical tests to check for functionality or performance degradation.
RS232 is the most widely implemented serial interface in the world. It is commonly installed as the serial port (9 pin or 25 pin) on PCs and has become ubiquitous on literally thousands of other applications. See below for comparisons.
 
Even though RS232 is a very old standard (first standardized in 1962) it is still popular because it is:
- simple, no software stack required, can be used to bring-up microcontrollers or load firmware on a “bare” system
- inexpensive, standard products exist from multiple vendors
- widely understood, support is already built in to most microcontrollers, the basics of serial communication are in most of the textbooks
- performance is adequate for many applications, simple data transfer, text or console ports, diagnostics, peripheral connectivity, etc.
 
However RS232 does have some limitations:
- It is slow by modern standards. Typical data rates are 1200 baud, 9600 baud, 115.2kbaud. High data rate RS232 devices are available up to 1Mbps. Faster speeds are uncommon.
- Signals swing to both positive and negative voltage. This requires an onboard charge pump to generate signals from a single power-supply chip or else multiple positive and negative supply rails.
- High pin-count per function. All signals are unidirectional and the charge pump requires several pins and external capacitors. So small footprint is difficult to achieve. Cables and connectors use more pins and wires than most modern serial protocols.
- Point-to-point only. Signals go from one driver to one receiver. RS232 does not support bi-directional signals or multiple drivers or receivers.
- Limited distance. RS232 uses single-ended signals which makes it difficult to support long cables. Typical RS232 cables are only about 10 meter or less. High speed (1Mbps) are typically less than 1 meter. The wide driver signal swing makes crosstalk a problem. Unbalanced signals with a shared ground reference are less able to withstand ground shifts between driver and receiver.
- Comparatively high power consumption. The wide signal swing takes quite a bit of power. By the RS232, signals idle at mark-state and receivers have typical 5kΩ impedance to ground, therefore drivers are constantly sourcing current even while idle. Many later RS232 transceivers’ feature shutdown modes or automatic power saving features (such as Auto On-Line, Auto On-Line Plus, Intelligent charge pumps, etc.). However some of the most commoditized devices lack any shutdown function.
 
RS485 overcomes most of the limitations of RS232 and is an excellent complement to RS232.
- RS485 uses differential signaling and is capable of much higher data rates (up to 20Mbit/sec)
- Differential signals also allow RS485 to communicate over 1200 meter cable lengths. Longer runs are possible with some careful system optimization.
- Bi-directional and multi-drop operation. RS485 can be used to build multidrop networks with many transmitters and many receivers.
- Balanced differential signalling also makes RS485 highly immune to noise. On twisted-pair cables a noise signal will couple equally to both wires in the pair and be ignored by the differential receiver.
 
RS485 is found mainly in industrial, telecom and commercial applications and is not as widespread in the consumer
or PC world. Therefore it is not seen as often as RS232.
 
Also the RS485 protocol standard defines only the electrical characteristics of the interface. The physical and logical implementations are left up to the user. Different connectors, different methods for bus-arbitration and data framing all exist under a wide variety of implementations. RS485 has also been used as the foundation for many proprietary or semi-proprietary standards. Therefore interoperability between RS485 based interfaces is not always as simple as with RS232.
ESD is caused by static electricity. In order for an ESD event to occur there must be a buildup of static charge. Very high charge levels are actually quite rare. In a normal factory environment, taking basic ESD precautions (grounding-straps, anti-static smocks, ionizers, humidity control, etc.) static levels can be kept below a few tens of volts. In an uncontrolled environment, like an office, static levels rarely get above 2000 volts. Under some worstcase conditions (wearing synthetic fabrics, rubbing against synthetic upholstered furniture, extremely low humidity)
levels can go as high as 12 to 15 thousand volts. Actually to get to 15000 volts or higher you would need to be in an uncomfortably dry environment (humidity below 10%) otherwise static charge will naturally dissipate through corona discharge. It would definitely be considered a “bad hair day.” Humans can generally feel a static shock only above 3000 volts. A discharge greater than 4000 volts can cause an audible “pop.” But repeated lower level discharges can be imperceptible and still may have a cumulative damaging effect on sensitive ICs. All ICs, even those with robust protection, can be damaged if they are hit hard enough or often enough.
Most ICs in a typical system are at greatest risk of ESD damage in the factory when the PCB is assembled and the system is being built. After the system is put together they are soldered onto the PCB and shielded within a metal or plastic system enclosure. Interface ICs are designed to attach to an external connector that could be exposed to ESD when a cable is plugged in or when a person or object touches the connector. These interface pins are most likely to see ESD exposure and therefore benefit from additional protection.
Actually the letter “E” could have two different meanings, depending on where it is in the part number. Most of our interface devices are available in different temperature grades. Commercial temperature (0 to 70C) has a “C” after the numeric part number. Industrial-extended temperature (-40 to +85C) use the letter E. So for example SP485CN is commercial and SP485EN is industrial. The second letter indicates the package type, in this case N for narrow-SOIC. Another E in the suffix indicates that this device has enhanced ESD protection, typically of ±15000Volts on the interface pins. Devices that do not have the enhanced ESD still contain built-in ESD protection of at least ±2000Volts. For example the SP485ECN is ESD rated up to ±15kV, and the SP485CN is rated for ±2kV HBM.
The best way to determine this is to go to exar.com and type the part into the search function. At or near the top of the results you should see something that looks like
 
 

In this example, we looked for XRA1201. When you hover over it, it will turn grey and you can click anywhere in the grey box. This brings you to the product page. For example:

 
 

Click on Parts & Purchasing, highlighted in yellow above. The screen changes to:

 

Notice the status column and the “Show obsolete parts” link:

 

A legend tells you the definition of the different statuses. Click on the “Show obsolete parts” link to see EOL or OBS part numbers along with the Active part numbers:

 
 

Another method to find out if a part is OBS or EOL is to click on SUPPORT:

 

And then Product Change Notifications

 
 

Type the part into the search, and click on one of the part numbers from the drop down menu. Then you can look for the Product Discontinuation Notice, which generally is at the top of the list, for example:

 
 

If you see this, it tells you that this particular orderable part has been discontinued and when the last order date is, or was. If you click on the file, then you can view the notice we sent about this if you purchased the part in the recent past. It may also advise of a replacement part. When an orderable part first becomes discontinued, Product Discontinuation Notices are sent are sent to those who have purchased the parts in the recent past, if purchased directly, with a dated opportunity to place a last order.

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