The AK-RS485/422-FD board is a full-duplex RS485/422 transceiver that converts UART serial streams to RS485/422.
The RS485/422 protocol is a differential (balanced) transmission standard with high immunity in noisy environments. Most the RS485/422 transceivers are half-duplex allowing to communicate one direction at the time (receiving or transmitting). What makes this board special is that it supports bidirectional, full-duplex communication. That is, you can use the TX and RX pins of an UART at the same time, on two separated lines. If you are looking for the classic half-duplex transceiver, we have that too.
The AK-RS485/422-FD board comes in two versions: 5V power supply or 3,3V power supply. For the 5V version we use the MaxLinear SP491ECN-L IC, and the Renesas/Intersil ISL3173EIBZ for the 3.3V version.
The board also has two solder jumpers to enable the on-board 120 Ohm terminator resistors for each line. Two LEDs indicate whenever the transmitter and/or receiver are enabled.
There are 0.1″ (2.54mm) spaced pins for MCU lines and power supply, and 5mm pins for the RS485/422 signals. You can also solder 5mm screw terminal connectors or you can but this board with the screw terminals already soldered in.
- 3.3V or 5V power supply.
- 1Mbps Full-duplex.
- Supports RS485 and RS422 standards.
- 15kV HBM ESD Protection on RS-485 Bus Pins.
- On-board 120 Ohm terminator resistors.
- On-board indicator LEDs.
- On-board screw terminals.
- Mounting holes.