Re: [uCsimm] Are the uCsimm I/O pins 5V Tolerant?

From: Tom Walsh (
Date: Sat Feb 05 2000 - 01:56:25 EST

Sam Saprunoff wrote:

> Hello everyone!
> Well, I received the info from Motorola via a good chap at FAI (Arden
> Wagner)... Now we (I) have a definitive answer to this question.
> Cheers,
> Sam
> >Hello Sam:
> >
> >Here you go.
> >Arden,
> >The MC68EZ328 pins are not 5 Volt tolerant for continuous operation. The
> >specification of -0.3 V to 7.0 V is for transient inputs not continuous.
> >Appropriate operation of the part is not guaranteed under 5 Volt continuous
> >inputs to the pins. If needed level converters may be implemented.
> >Regards,
> >Adrian Pineda

So what is it they are saying? "Yes" you can use +5v input levels, but "No" if you
continue to do this then the part may not function as documented? For example the
DRAM controller suddenly stops operating?

I just love Motorola, they make everything so simple, for the automotive
industry... First the docs say the pins are tolerant then the FAE (Field
Application Engineer) says they are not! I am just happy that my ethernet device is
functional at a 3.3v supply, GEEZ!



Tom Walsh - WN3L - Embedded Systems Consultant - tom over_at mytoys(.)com
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