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Fundamentals of RS-232 Serial Communications


Abstract: Due to its relative simplicity and low hardware overhead (when compared to parallel interfacing), serial communications is used extensively within the electronics industry. Today, the most popular serial communications standard is certainly the EIA/TIA-232-E specification. This standard, which was developed by the Electronic Industry Association and the Telecommunications Industry Association (EIA/TIA), is more popularly called simply RS-232, where RS stands for \"recommended standard.\" Although this RS prefix has been replaced in recent years with EIA/TIA to help identify the source of the standard, this paper uses the common RS-232 notation.