19-1632; Rev 1; 6/01
+3.0V to +5.5V, 10nA, 250kbps RS-232 Transceivers
with ±15kV ESD-Protected I/O and Logic Pins
The MAX3238E/MAX3248E transceivers use Maxim’s
revolutionary AutoShutdown Plus™ feature to achieve
10nA supply current. These devices shut down the on-
board power supply and drivers when they do not sense
a valid signal transition on either the receiver or transmit-
ter inputs. This occurs if the RS-232 cable is disconnect-
ed or if the transmitters of the connected peripheral are
turned off. The devices turn on again when a valid transi-
tion is applied to any RS-232 receiver or transmitter input.
AutoShutdown Plus automatically achieves this power
savings through its on-board circuitry, as no changes are
required to the existing BIOS or operating system.
All RS-232 inputs and outputs, as well as the logic I/O
pins, have enhanced ESD protection to ±15kV. The addi-
tional ESD protection on the logic I/O pins makes the
MAX3238E/MAX3248E ideal for cell phone data cable
applications because it eliminates the need for costly
external TransZorb™ or protection schemes.
The MAX3238E/MAX3248E contain five drivers and three
receivers and are 3V-powered EIA/TIA-232 and V.28/V.24
communication interfaces intended for cell phones, data
cables, and modem applications. A proprietary, high-effi-
ciency, dual charge-pump power supply and a low-
dropout transmitter combine to deliver true RS-232
performance from a single +3.0V to +5.5V supply. A
guaranteed data rate of 250kbps provides compatibility
with popular software for communicating with personal
The MAX3238E and the MAX3248E differ only in their
input logic thresholds. The MAX3238E has standard logic
thresholds, while the MAX3248E has low-level logic
thresholds of 0.6V to 1.2V, which are ideal for 1.8V sys-
The transmitter inputs, FORCEON, and
a 400kΩ active positive feedback resistor. Once driven to
a valid logic level, they will retain this level if the driving
signal is removed or goes high impedance. Unused
transmitter and logic inputs may be left unconnected. The
MAX3238E/MAX3248E can operate with supply voltages
ranging from +3.0V to +5.5V.
Enhanced ESD Protection on RS-232 I/O Pins and
All Logic Pins
±15kV—Human Body Model
±8kV—IEC 1000-4-2 Contact Discharge
±15kV—IEC 1000-4-2 Air-Gap Discharge
Guaranteed Data Rate: 250kbps
10nA Low-Power Shutdown with Receivers Active
Schmitt Triggers on All Inputs
Meets EIA/TIA-232 Specifications Down to 3.0V
Guaranteed 6V/µs Slew Rate
Low-Level Logic Thresholds (MAX3248E)
RS-232-Compatible Outputs to 2.7V
0°C to +70°C
-40°C to +85°C
0°C to +70°C
-40°C to +85°C
Typical Operating Circuit appears at end of data sheet.
Cellular Data Cables
AutoShutdown Plus is a trademark of Maxim Integrated Products.
TransZorb is a trademark of General Semiconductor Industries, Inc.
by U.S. Patent numbers 4,636,930; 4,679,134;
4,777,577; 4,797,899; 4,809,152; 4,897,774; 4,999,761; and other
Maxim Integrated Products
For pricing, delivery, and ordering information, please contact Maxim/Dallas Direct! at
1-888-629-4642, or visit Maxim’s website at www.maxim-ic.com.