UART IP Core updates long-established standard part features

September 05, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
D2692 is a Dual UART Core software compatible with the SC26C92, SCC2692 and SCN2681, that offers additional features and deeper FIFOs, such as 8-character receiver, 8-character transmit FIFOs, watchdog timer for each receiver, mode register 0, extended baud rate, programmable receiver and transmitter interrupts.

D2692 Dual Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter is a communication device that provides two full-duplex asynchronous receiver/transmitter channels in one single package. DCD’s IP Core interfaces directly with microprocessors and may be used in a polled or interrupt driven system, as well as providing modem and DMA interface. The operating mode and data format of each channel can be programmed independently. Each receiver and transmitter can select its operating speed as one of 27 fixed Baud rates, a 16x clock derived from a programmable counter/timer, or an external 1x or 16x clock. The opportunity to independently program the operating speed of the receiver and transmitter, makes the UART attractive for dual-speed channel applications such as clustered terminal systems.

Every receiver is equipped with FIFO to minimise the potential of receiver over-run and to reduce interrupt overhead in interrupt-driven systems. The core ensures a flow control capability, to disable a remote DUART transmitter, when the receiver buffer is full. Adding to the function set, there is a multipurpose 7-bit input port and a multipurpose 8-bit output port. They can be used as general purpose I/O ports or can be assigned to specific functions (eg clock inputs or status/interrupt outputs) under program control.

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