Sipex Corp. (Milpitas, CA) introduced the SP3508, what is claimed to be the world's only 3V, eight-channel, one-chip, multi-protocol transceiver. Capable of data rates up to 20Mbps, the SP3508 enables faster data communications between nodes in wide area network (WAN) applications such as routers, remote access and file servers.
The SP3508 supports eight popular serial interface protocols and offers true programmable DTE/DCE capability for all eight drivers and receivers through their individual tri-state control pins. Any of the supported protocols can be selected by applying a three-bit code to the selection pins. The SP3508 offers an operating power supply of 3V, a patented intelligent charge pump to generate the typical voltages of ±5.5V to support the output-voltage swings required for serial communications standards, and integrated termination resistors that are software configurable. The SP3508 also complies with the popular NET1/NET2 standards as well as the more stringent TBR2 standard.
The SP3508 is offered in the 100-pin LQFP package. It is available now and is priced at $24.50 in 1,000-piece quantities. An evaluation board is available to assist designers with evaluation of the device and its features.