The MAX221E is a +5V powered, single transmit/receive RS-232 and V.28 communications interface with automatic shutdown/wake-up features and high data rate capabilities.
The MAX221E features enhanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. Both the transmitter output and receiver input are protected to ±15kV using the IEC 1000-4-2 Air-Gap Discharge Method, to ±8kV using the IEC 1000-4-2 Contact Discharge Method, and to ±15kV using the Human Body Model.
The MAX221E achieves a low 1µA supply current with Maxim's revolutionary AutoShutdown™ feature. AutoShutdown saves power without changes to the existing BIOS or operating system by entering low-power shutdown mode when the RS-232 cable is disconnected or when the transmitter of the connected peripheral is off. The MAX221E wakes up and drives the active-low INVALID pin high when an active RS-232 cable is connected, signaling the host that a peripheral is connected to the communications port.
The MAX221E is available in a 16-pin SSOP package as well as a 16-pin TSSOP that uses 50% less board space than a 16-pin SO.