RS232 SPI Click is based around the MAX3100, a universal universal asynchronous receiver transmitter (UART) - the first UART specifically optimized for small microcontroller-based systems, from Maxim Integrated. Because of the features contained in its modules, the RS232 SPI Click can be used for handheld instruments, small networks in HVAC or Building control, UART in SPI systems, battery-powered systems, PDAs, notebooks and many more.
RS232 SPI Click board™ is supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, which includes functions that simplify software development.
RS232 SPI Click two ICs - MAX3100 and MAX3232. MAX3100 serves as UART interface to the SPI/MICROWIRE compatible interface converter. In the same time, MAX3232 device enables RS232 SPI Click to meet the requirements of TIA/EIA-232-F and also provides the electrical interface between an asynchronous communication controller and the serial-port connector. The charge pump and four small external capacitors allow operation from a single 3-V to 5.5-V supply.
RS232 SPI Click Uses an SPI™/MICROWIRE™ interface for communication with the host microcontroller (µC). Then, the MAX3100 is responsible for conversion from synchronous serial data from a microcontroller to asynchronous, serial-data communication port such as RS-232, RS-485, IrDA. In this case the RS232 protocol is used. The MAX3100 includes a crystal oscillator and a baud rate generator with software-programmable divider ratios for all common baud rates from 300 baud to 230k baud. The transmitter section accepts SPI/MICROWIRE data, formats it, and transmits it in asynchronous serial format from the TX output. Data is loaded into the transmit buffer register from the SPI/MICROWIRE interface. The MAX3100 adds start and stop bits to the data and clocks the data out at the selected baud rate.
A software- or hardware-invoked shutdown lowers quiescent current to 10µA, while allowing the MAX3100 to detect receiver activity. An 8-word-deep first-in/first-out (FIFO) buffer minimizes processor overhead. This device also includes a flexible interrupt with four maskable sources, including address recognition on 9-bit networks. Two hardware-handshaking control lines are included (one input and one output).
Because of the features contained in its modules, the RS232 SPI Click can be used for handheld instruments, UART in SPI systems, small networks in HVAC or Building control, battery-powered systems, PDAs, notebooks and many more.
RS232 SPI Click offers a selection between 3.3V and 5V operation, with the onboard SMD jumper, labeled as VCC SEL. This allows both 3.3V and 5V MCUs to be interfaced with this Click board™.
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