IO-Link Device Transceivers

By: Jeff DeAngelis

Abstract: In IO-Link applications, the transceiver acts as the physical layer interface to a microcontroller running the data-link layer protocol while supporting up to 24V digital inputs and outputs. Maxim transceivers support all IO-Link specifications and feature the lowest power dissipation. Using a thermal camera picture, the Maxim Integrated transceivers performed better under full load conditions while the competition transceiver drove only half the load of the Maxim transceiver.