I/O Expanders

I/O expandersare a type of computer hardware that allows more than one device to connect to a single port on a computer.

How do I/O expanders work?

The expander connects to a single spot, but has multiple connections for other devices. Such expanders offer the advantage of allowing more devices of a particular port type to be used at the same time. This commonly used with USBs and ethernet ports.

Types of I/O expanders

There are two main types of I/O expanders: internal and external.

Internal expanders

These have a connection inside the computer, typically on the motherboard, and the only part the user can see is the expansion plate which houses the ports to which they can connect more devices.

External expanders

An external expander plugs into an existing port introducing multiple new places to connect. When not part of a computer system, these devices are commonly known as splitters.


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RS Stock No. 121-7979
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535EMTTXG
$1.437
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16 I2C 24 QFN 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 823-4232
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535EDWR2G
$2.645
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16 I2C 24 SOIC 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 124-9971
Mfr. Part No.CAT9554YI-GT2
$1.034
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8 I2C, SMBus 16 TSSOP 400kHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 2.3 V
RS Stock No. 124-1424
Mfr. Part No.FXL6408UMX
$0.656
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8 I2C 16 UMLP 400kHz Surface Mount 3.6 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 163-0307
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535ECDWR2G
$2.087
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16 I2C 24 SOIC 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 789-3975
Mfr. Part No.CAT9554YI-GT2
$2.676
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8 I2C, SMBus 16 TSSOP 400kHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 2.3 V
RS Stock No. 823-4223
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535ECDTR2G
$2.745
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16 I2C 24 TSSOP 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 823-4220
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535ECMTTXG
$1.808
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16 I2C 24 QFN 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 862-9249
Mfr. Part No.FXL6408UMX
$0.901
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8 I2C 16 UMLP 400kHz Surface Mount 3.6 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 124-5422
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535ECMTTXG
$1.429
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16 I2C 24 QFN 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 823-4236
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535EMTTXG
$2.314
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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16 I2C 24 QFN 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 121-7978
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535ECDTR2G
$1.437
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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16 I2C 24 TSSOP 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 823-4226
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535ECDWR2G
$2.645
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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16 I2C 24 SOIC 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V
RS Stock No. 163-0308
Mfr. Part No.PCA9535EDWR2G
$2.087
Each (On a Reel of 1000)
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16 I2C 24 SOIC 1MHz Surface Mount 5.5 V 1.65 V