+5V, Fail-Safe, 20Mbps, PROFIBUS RS-485/RS-422 Transceivers

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The MAX3460–MAX3464 are high-speed differential bus transceivers for RS-485 and RS-422 communications. They are designed to meet TIA/EIA-422-B, TIA/EIA-485-A, V.11, and X.27 standards. The transceiver complies with the PROFIBUS specification providing +2.1V output level with a 54Ω load, 20Mbps data rate, and output skew less than 2ns. Each part contains one three-state differential line driver and one differential input line receiver. The devices operate from a +5V supply and feature true fail-safe circuitry, which guarantees a logic-high receiver output when the receiver inputs are open or shorted. This enables all receiver outputs on a terminated bus to output logic highs when all transmitters are disabled.

All devices feature a 1/4 standard unit load receiver input impedance that allows 128 transceivers on the bus. Driver and receiver propagation delays are guaranteed under 20ns for multidrop, clock distribution applications. Drivers are short-circuit current limited and are protected against excessive power dissipation by thermal shutdown circuitry. The driver and receiver feature active-high and active-low enables, respectively, that can be connected together externally to serve as a direction control.
MAX3460, MAX3461: Pin Configuration MAX3460, MAX3461: Pin Configuration Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Recommended for PROFIBUS Applications
  • Guaranteed 20Mbps Data Rate
  • 20ns Transmitter and Receiver Propagation Delay
  • 2ns Transmitter and Receiver Skew
  • High Differential Driver Output Level (2.1V on 54Ω)
  • Hot-Swap Versions
  • 1µA Shutdown Supply Current
  • Low Supply Current Requirements (2.5mA typ)
  • Allow Up to 128 Transceivers on the Bus
  • True Fail-Safe Receiver while Maintaining EIA/TIA-485 Compatibility
  • Designed for Multipoint Transmissions on Long or Noisy Bus Lines
  • Full Duplex and Half Duplex Versions Available
  • Phase Controls to Correct for Twisted-Pair Reversal for 14-Pin Versions
  • Current-Limiting and Thermal Shutdown for Driver Overload Protection


  • High-Speed RS-422 Communications
  • High-Speed RS-485 Communications
  • Industrial Control Local Area Networks
  • Level Translators
  • PROFIBUS Applications

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

Part NumberTx/RxDuplexVSUPPLY
Data Rate
Tx ENRx ENICC (Shutdn.)
Rx/Tx on BusRx Failsafe w/ InputsSlew Rate LimitingOper. Temp.
typmintypSee Notes
MAX3460 1Tx + 1RxFull52.520000YesYes1128Open or ShortedNo
-40 to +85
0 to +70
SOIC (N)/14
$3.93 @1k
MAX3461 FullYesYes1
SOIC (N)/14
$4.20 @1k
MAX3462 FullNoNo-
SOIC (N)/8
$3.15 @1k
MAX3463 HalfYesYes1
SOIC (N)/8
$1.85 @1k
MAX3464 HalfYesYes1
SOIC (N)/8
$3.27 @1k

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 736 RS-485 (EIA/TIA-485) Differential Data Transmission System Basics

Additional Resources

RS-485 Resources
Product Reliability Reports: MAX3460.pdf 
Device   Fab Process   Technology   Sample size   Rejects   FIT at 25°C   FIT at 55°C   Material Composition  

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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