RS485 6 Click offers a half-duplex RS-485 communication with integrated surge protection, which can be used as an interface between the TTL level UART and the RS485 communication bus. It is based on THVD1429DT, a transceiver from Texas Instruments with signaling rate of up to 20 Mbps. This device features a wide common-mode voltage range from 3.3V to 5V, which makes it suitable for multi-point applications over long cable runs and noisy areas thanks to the integrated transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diodes in. This device and type of network is perfectly suitable for wireless infrastructure, building automation, HVAC systems or factory automation, and many more.
RS485 6 Click is supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, which includes functions that simplify software development.
RS485 6 Click is designed to offer you easy usage and testing of the THVD1429DT half-duplex RS485 transceiver. One of the most important features is surge protection which is achieved by integrating transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diodes in the package. This feature provides a substantial increase in reliability for better immunity to noise transients coupled to the data cable, eliminating the need for external protection components.
An RS-485 bus consists of multiple transceivers connecting in parallel to a bus cable. To eliminate line reflections, each cable end is terminated with a termination resistor whose value matches the characteristic impedance of the cable. This method, known as parallel termination, allows for higher data rates over longer cable length. This device supports up to 256 Bus Nodes in one network with higher data rates up to 20 Mbps, in cases where the interconnect is short enough (or has suitably low attenuation at signal frequencies) to not degrade the data.
The THVD1329DT supports several functional modes that can be selected by using RE and DE pins on the mikroBUS connector. To know more how to use these modes take a look at the “Device Functional Modes” table below. For communication with the RS485 6 Click standard UART communication can be used.
This device offer several protections for the pins connected to a bus line, such as: Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Protection against ±16-kV HBM and ±8-kV contact discharge, Electrical Fast Transient (EFT) Protection where inductive loads such as relays, switch contactors, or heavy-duty motors can create high-frequency bursts during transition and Surge transients that often result from lightning strikes (direct strike or an indirect strike which induce voltages and currents), or the switching of power systems, including load changes and short circuit switching. These transients are often encountered in industrial environments, such as factory automation and power-grid systems.
Since this device feature a wide common-mode voltage range which makes them suitable for multi-point applications over long cable runs. This Click board™ can be supplied and interfaced with both 3.3V and 5V without the need for any external components. The onboard SMD jumper labeled as VCC SEL allows voltage selection for interfacing with both 3.3V and 5V microcontrollers.
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