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Texas Instruments Introduces the Industry's First IEC Compliant 1284 Printer Interface Solution

SN74LVCE161284 Provides Best-in-Class ESD Protection While Reducing Board Space, Part Cost, and Part Count

Feb 12, 2004

DALLAS (February 12, 2004) - Designed specifically for printer interface applications, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced today the industry´s first IEEE 1284 interface solution that meets the IEC 61000-4-2 standard for ESD protection. As the leader in logic technology advancements, TI´s latest entry into the 1284 bi-directional parallel peripheral space, the LVCE161284, is a feature rich, highly-integrated solution that offers best-in-class ESD protection, reduces part count and saves board space. (See: focus.ti.com/docs/prod/folders/print/sn74lvce161284.html.)


Plugging and unplugging printer cables can subject printer ports to high electrostatic discharge conditions which may completely disable the printer. Previous IEEE 1284 interface solutions required external ESD protection to overcome these events. TI leveraged its logic technology capability to incorporate these external protection diodes into the new LVCE161284 solution without sacrificing reliability. The new solution provides +/- 15 kV human body model, +/-8 kV contact, and +/- 15 kV air-gap discharge protection in accordance with IEC 61000-4-2 (level 4) on the connector interface pins. The high level of integration in the LVCE161284 allows designers to reduce part count and cost while saving valuable board real estate.
The LVCE161284 also offers additional improvements over other 1284 interface devices such as: Ioff and Power-Up 3-State to support Hot Insertion, an integrated PMOS transistor to prevent back-drive current, hysteresis at all inputs to provide noise margin, and an Auto-Power-Up feature which prevents printer errors when the printer is turned on and no valid signal is at connector side pins. Much like the other 1284 devices, flow-through pinout helps to optimize circuit layout. The advantages of TI's LVCE161284 over existing IEEE 1284 interface solutions reinforces TI's commitment to providing the market with innovative logic silicon solutions.

Pricing and Availability

The SN74LVCE161284 is currently available to sample. The device is offered in 48-pin SSOP (DL) and TSSOP (DGG) packaging. Budgetary pricing for the SN74LVCE161284 is set at $2.00 in quantities of 1,000.