The MAX220–MAX249 family of line drivers/receivers is intended for all EIA/TIA-232E and V.28/V.24 communications interfaces, particularly applications where ±12V is not available.

These parts are especially useful in battery-powered systems, since their low-power shutdown mode reduces power dissipation to less than 5µW. The MAX225, MAX233, MAX235, and MAX245/MAX246/MAX247 use no external components and are recommended for applications where printed circuit board space is critical.

Key Features

  • For Low-Voltage, Integrated ESD Applications
    MAX3222E/MAX3232E/MAX3237E/MAX3241E/MAX3246E: +3.0V to +5.5V, Low-Power, Up to 1Mbps, True RS-232 Transceivers Using Four 0.1µF External Capacitors (MAX3246E Available in a UCSP™ Package)
  • For Low-Cost Applications
    MAX221E: ±15kV ESD-Protected, +5V, 1µA, Single RS-232 Transceiver with AutoShutdown™



  • Battery-Powered RS-232 Systems
  • Interface Translation
  • Low-Power Modems
  • Multidrop RS-232 Networks
  • Portable Computing



MAX233CPP MAX233 RS-232 Drivers/Receivers - Dip-20