20µA, 1/8-Unit-Load, Slew-Rate-Limited, RS-485 Transceivers

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The MAX1482 and MAX1483 are low-power transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communication. Both feature slew-rate-limited drivers that minimize EMI and reduce reflections caused by improperly terminated cables. Data rates are guaranteed up to 250kbps.

The MAX1482/MAX1483 draw only 20µA of supply current. Additionally, they have a low-current shutdown mode that consumes only 0.1µA. Both parts operate from a single +5V supply.

Drivers are short-circuit current limited and are protected against excessive power dissipation by thermal shutdown circuitry that places the driver outputs into a high-impedance state. The receiver input has a fail-safe feature that guarantees a logic-high output if the input is open circuit.
The MAX1482 is full duplex and the MAX1483 is half duplex. Both parts have a 1/8-unit-load input impedance that guarantees up to 256 transceivers on the bus.
MAX1482, MAX1483: Typical Operating Circuit MAX1482, MAX1483: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Low 20µA Operating Current
  • Slew-Rate Limited for Reduced EMI and Reduced Reflections
  • 0.1µA Low-Current Shutdown Mode
  • Designed for RS-485 and RS-422 Applications
  • Operate from a Single +5V Supply
  • -7V to +12V Common-Mode Input Voltage Range
  • Allows up to 256 Transceivers on the Bus—Guaranteed (1/8-unit load)
  • Current Limiting and Thermal Shutdown for Driver Overload Protection


  • Industrial Control Local Area Networks
  • Large 256-Node LANs
  • Low-Power RS-485/RS-422 Networks
  • Transceivers for EMI-Sensitive Applications
Part NumberTx/RxDuplexVSUPPLY
Data Rate
Tx ENRx ENICC (Shutdn.)
Rx/Tx on BusRx Failsafe w/ InputsSlew Rate LimitingOper. Temp.
typmintypSee Notes
MAX1482 1Tx + 1RxFull50.02250YesYes0.1256OpenNo
-40 to +85
0 to +70
SOIC (N)/14
$1.54 @1k
MAX1483 Half
SOIC (N)/8
$1.49 @1k
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Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: MAX1482.pdf 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

CAD Symbols and Footprints

  • MAX1482CPD+
  • MAX1482CSD+
  • MAX1482CSD+T
  • MAX1482EPD+
  • MAX1482ESD+
  • MAX1482ESD+T
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