Automotive & Transportation

RS485 Transceivers Fortify PROFIBUS-DP Networks

13 April 2016

Linear Technology Corp. has introduced the LTC2876 and LTC2877, high voltage tolerant RS485 transceivers targeted for PROFIBUS-DP (decentralized periphery) master and slave devices. As with any fieldbus, PROFIBUS-DP systems are prone to installation cross-wiring faults, ground voltage faults, or surge, which can cause catastrophic overvoltage conditions that exceed the absolute maximum ratings of typical transceivers. Whether transmitting, receiving, in standby or powered off, the LTC2876 and LTC2877 tolerate ±60 V on their bus pins, eliminating common damage due to transmission line faults.

Linear Technology’s LTC2876 RS-485 transceiver. Source: LinearLinear Technology’s LTC2876 RS-485 transceiver. Source: LinearSafe operations improve data communications reliability in electrically noisy environments and in the presence of ground loop voltages, which would otherwise cause data errors and possible device damage. Their high ESD protection guarantees the LTC2876 and LTC2877 can withstand ±52 kV HBM on the transceiver pins without latchup or damage; all other pins are protected to ±15 kV HBM.

Fully symmetric receiver thresholds ensure the devices maintain good duty cycle symmetry at low signal levels and boost receiver noise immunity, while supporting full failsafe operation. Both devices are tested with PROFIBUS IEC 61158-2 and TIA/EIA-485-A (RS485) loads to ensure compatability with both standards.

The LTC2876 and LTC2877 come in commercial, industrial and automotive versions, supporting operating temperature ranges of 0°C to 70°C, -40°C to 85°C, and -40°C to 125°C, respectively. The LTC2876 is available in an RoHS compliant 8-pin 3mm x 3mm DFN or MSOP package, while the LTC2877 includes a logic supply and is available in an RoHS compliant 10-pin 3 mm x 3 mm DFN or MSOP package. Pricing starts at $2.48 each in 1,000 piece quantities.

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