COMMU design/scematic error

  • The RS485 interface design for the COMMU appears to be wrong. As shown, the transmit data (TXD) is used to enable/disable the driver on the DE/RE pins, while the driver data input, DI is permanently strapped low.

    This means that sending data will drive a 'one' or float the line, but never drive a 'zero'.

    The correct implementation should be TXD connected to the DI pin and a third signal used to control the DE/RE pins.

    Since there is no third signal available, this design is fundamentally broken and won't interoperate with my existing systems.


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