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Philips announces 'industry's first I�C/SPI to UART bridge chip'

Posted: 27 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sc16Is7xx? bridge ic? royal philips electronics? i2c? spi?

Philips' new SC16IS7xx bridge ICs

The new SC16IS7xx family of bridge ICs from Royal Philips Electronics promises to provide designers with a compact, seamless bridge across the most widely used protocols, including uart, I?C and SPI. These ICs also reduce the time, resources and board space required to connect multiple devices for complex applications such as smart mobile phones, STBs, gaming and navigation systems.

With the growing convergence in communications, computing and consumer electronics, said Philips, both portable and non-portable devices need to support an increasing number of protocols and interfaces. "By introducing this new family of bridge ICs, Philips is simplifying the design of devices that support today's connected consumer applications. We're enabling a more efficient system architecture that consumes less power and space, and reduces software overhead," stated Dhwani Vyas, GM of Philips' interface product line. "The new bridge ICs provide seamless protocol conversion, leveraging Philips' expertise in UART and I?C. Further, these low-voltage bridges are available in the smallest form factor possible, making them ideal for hand-held, battery-powered applications."

The initial product in the familythe SC16IS75x/76x, is touted to be the industry's first I?C/SPI to UART bridge chip. This device reduces the host interface connection from 15 wires down to two or four, and allows interfacing to an I?C or SPI bus through a selectable pin. By minimizing the interconnections between processors through a shared bus architecture, Philips said, manufacturers can take advantage of more compact PCB designs and reduce the costs of connecting multiple devices.

Offered in both standard and ultra-small packages (TSSOP and HVQSN), these new bridge ICs also support IrDA and RS485. All four products from the SC16IS7xx family are available.

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