Features and Benefits

  • Operates with 3.3 V supply
  • EIA RS-422 and RS-485 compliant over full CM range
  • 19 kΩ input impedance
  • Up to 50 transceivers on bus
  • 20 Mbps data rate
  • Short-circuit protection
  • Specified over full temperature range
  • Thermal shutdown
  • Interoperable with 5 V logic
  • 840 μA supply current
  • 2 nA shutdown current
  • See data sheet for additional features

Product Details

The ADM3491-1 is a low power, differential line transceiver designed to operate using a single 3.3 V power supply. Low power consumption, coupled with a shutdown mode, makes it ideal for power-sensitive applications. It is suitable for communication on multipoint bus transmission lines.

The ADM3491-1 is intended for balanced data transmission and complies with both Electronic Industries Association (EIA) Standards RS-485 and RS-422. It contains a differential line driver and a differential line receiver, making it suitable for full-duplex data transfer.

The input impedance is 19 kΩ, allowing up to 50 transceivers to be connected on the bus. A thermal shutdown circuit prevents excessive power dissipation caused by bus contention or by output shorting. This feature forces the driver output into a high impedance state if a significant temperature increase is detected in the internal driver circuitry during fault conditions.

If the inputs are unconnected (floating), the receiver contains a fail-safe feature that results in a logic high output state.

The ADM3491-1 is fabricated on BiCMOS, an advanced mixed technology process combining low power CMOS with fast switching bipolar technology.


  • Telecommunications
  • DTE–DCE interface
  • Packet switching
  • Local area networks
  • Data concentration
  • Data multiplexers
  • Integrated services digital network (ISDN)
  • AppleTalk Industrial controls

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