40Mbps, +3.3V, RS-485 Half-Duplex Transceivers

Low-Voltage, High-Speed RS-485 Transceivers Increase Data Rates and Extend Cable Lengths 

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The MAX14840E/MAX14841E are +3.3V ESD-protected transceivers intended for half-duplex RS-485 communication up to 40Mbps. These transceivers are optimized for high speeds over extended cable runs while maximizing tolerance to noise.

The MAX14840E features symmetrical fail-safe and larger receiver hysteresis, providing improved noise rejection and improved recovered signals in high-speed and long cable applications. The MAX14841E has true fail-safe receiver inputs guaranteeing a logic-high receiver output when inputs are shorted or open.

The MAX14840E/MAX14841E are available in 8-pin SO and small, 8-pin (3mm x 3mm) TDFN-EP packages. Both devices operate over the -40°C to +125°C automotive temperature range.
MAX14840E, MAX14841E: Functional Diagram MAX14840E, MAX14841E: Functional Diagram Enlarge+

Key Features

  • High ESD Protection Provides Increases Equipment Uptime
    • ±35kV Human Body Model (HBM) per JEDEC JS-001-2012
    • ±20kV Air Gap Discharge per IEC 61000-4-2
    • ±12kV Contact Discharge per IEC 61000-4-2
  • Integrated Features Increases Robustness
    • Large 170mV Receiver Hysteresis (MAX14840) for High Receiver Noise Tolerance
    • True Fail Safe Receiver Input (MAX14841E) Keeps Receiver Output Logic-High Upon Shorts and Open On Receiver Input
    • Thermal Self-Protection Shutdown at 160°C Junction Temperature
    • High Industrial -40°C to +125°C Ambient Operating Temperature Range/-40°C to +150°C Junction Temperature Range
    • Hot Swap Capability Eliminates False Transition During Power-Up or Hot Insertion
  • Low Current Reduces Power Requirements
    • 10µA (max) Shutdown Current
    • 1.5mA (typ) Supply Current
    • 3.3V Supply Voltage
  • Available in Industry Standard 8-Pin SO or Space-Saving 8-Pin TDFN-EP (3mm x 3mm) Packages


  • Backplane Buses
  • Fieldbus Networks
  • HVAC Networks
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Motion Controllers

See parametric specs for RS-485/RS-422 Line Driver/Receivers (208)

Part NumberTx/RxDuplexVSUPPLY
Data Rate
ESD Protect.
Tx ENRx ENICC (Shutdn.)
Rx/Tx on BusRx Failsafe w/ InputsSlew Rate LimitingOper. Temp.
(typ)(min)(typ)(See Notes)
MAX14840E 1Tx + 1RxHalf3.31.54000035YesYes1032OpenNo-40 to +125
SOIC (N)/8
$2.21 @1k
MAX14841E Open or Shorted-
SOIC (N)/8

Pricing Notes:
This pricing is BUDGETARY, for comparing similar parts. Prices are in U.S. dollars and subject to change. Quantity pricing may vary substantially and international prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rates. For volume-specific and version-specific prices and delivery, please see the price and availability page or contact an authorized distributor.

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Product Reliability Reports: MAX14840E.pdf 
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Note : The failure rates are summarized by technology and mapped to the associated material part numbers. The failure rates are highly dependent on the number of units tested.

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