±15kV ESD-Protected, +5V RS-232 Transceivers

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The MAX202E-MAX213E, MAX232E, and MAX241E are a family of RS-232 and V.28 transceivers with high ±15kV ESD HBM protection and integrated charge pump circuitry for single +5V supply operation. The various combinations of features are outlined in the Selector Guide. The drivers and receivers for all ten devices meet all EIA/TIA-232E and CCITT V.28 specifications at data rates up to 120kbps when loaded.

The MAX211E/MAX213E/MAX241E are available in 28-pin SO and SSOP packages. The MAX202E/MAX232E come in 16-pin TSSOP, narrow SO, wide SO, and DIP packages. The MAX203E comes in a 20-pin DIP/SO package, and needs no external charge-pump capacitors. The MAX205E comes in a 24-pin wide DIP package, and also eliminates external charge-pump capacitors.

MAX202E, MAX203E, MAX205E, MAX206E, MAX207E, MAX208E, MAX211E, MAX213E, MAX232E, MAX241E: Typical Operating Circuit MAX202E, MAX203E, MAX205E, MAX206E, MAX207E, MAX208E, MAX211E, MAX213E, MAX232E, MAX241E: Typical Operating Circuits Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Saves Board Space
    • Integrated High ±15kV HBM ESD Protection
    • Integrated Charge Pump Circuitry
      • Eliminates the Need for a Bipolar ±12V Supply
      • Enables Single Supply Operation From +5V Supply
    • Integrated 0.1µF Capacitors (MAX203E, MAX205E)
    • 24 pin SSOP Package Saves up to 40% Versus SO Package
  • Saves Power for Reduced Power Requirements
    • 1µA Shutdown Mode
    • 15µA Shutdown Mode for MAX213E


  • Battery-Powered Equipment
  • Handheld Equipment
  • Portable Diagnostics Equipment
Part NumberVSUPPLY
TxRxData Rate
Internal Charge PumpExt. CapsCap. Value
ESD Protect.
Rx Active in ShutdnPackage/PinsBudgetary
mintypnomSee Notes
MAX202E 5221208Yes40.115-
SOIC (N)/16
SOIC (W)/16
$2.56 @1k
MAX203E 2280--
$4.49 @1k
MAX206E 431140.10
SOIC (W)/24
$2.81 @1k
MAX207E 531140.1-
SOIC (W)/24
$2.57 @1k
MAX208E 441140.1-
SOIC (W)/24
$2.57 @1k
MAX211E 451440.10
SOIC (W)/28
$4.66 @1k
MAX213E 451440.12
SOIC (W)/28
$4.66 @1k
MAX232E 22541-
SOIC (N)/16
SOIC (W)/16
$2.56 @1k
MAX241E 457410
SOIC (W)/28
$5.15 @1k
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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.

Technical Documents

Tutorial 2141 Determining Clock Accuracy Requirements for UART Communications

Quality and Environmental Data

Product Reliability Reports: MAX208E.pdf 
Lead-Free Package Tin (Sn) Whisker Reports

Additional Resources

RS-232 Resources

CAD Symbols and Footprints

  • MAX208EAG
  • MAX208EAG+
  • MAX208EAG+T
  • MAX208EAG-T
  • MAX208ECAG
  • MAX208ECAG+
  • MAX208ECAG+T
  • MAX208ECAG-T
  • MAX208ECNG
  • MAX208ECNG+
  • MAX208ECWG
  • MAX208ECWG+
  • MAX208ECWG+T
  • MAX208ECWG-T
  • MAX208EEAG
  • MAX208EEAG+
  • MAX208EEAG+T
  • MAX208EEAG-T
  • MAX208EENG
  • MAX208EENG+
  • MAX208EEWG
  • MAX208EEWG+
  • MAX208EEWG+T
  • MAX208EEWG-T
  • MAX208ENG
  • MAX208ERG
  • MAX208EWG
  • MAX208EWG+
  • MAX208EWG+T
  • MAX208EWG-T
  • Device   Fab Process   Technology   Sample size   Rejects   FIT at 25°C   FIT at 55°C  

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