31 Jul '16, 6pm

MAX232: The classic #IC lives on since 1988

The June 23, 1988 issue of EDN included a Maxim Design News insert where we asked "Who in their right mind would choose a computer interface standard that uses ±12V supplies, requires expensive connectors, works over a limited distance, is error prone, difficult to network, and has no current loop isolation?" Yet, here we are 28 years later and the classic interface lives on, particularly in industrial applications and applications that need to connect just one peripheral to a host computer. First sold in February 1988, the MAX232 skillfully married two seemingly unrelated functions, power and interface, and marked the beginning of a different way of thinking about what "analog" ICs can do. That thinking has taken on an even larger and more complex scale with the mixed-signal devices we see today. The MAX232's success was as much a tribute to the vision of its definer, Cha...

Full article: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/test-voices/4442435/...

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