I've been off and on with electronics for a couple months now. Well, I am back into the swing of things and I have a renewed interest in Arduino. I was looking at the Arduino Standalone Page (http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/StandaloneAssembly) and the interface/communication chip that they use is the 7404. Now, I am just curious as to why they decided to use a 7404 when MAX232 is much more capable and creates true RS-232.
I am going to be experimenting with my own single sided Arduino and I was pretty confident on using MAX232. Is there any other DIP chips that are suited for conversion to RS-232 or USB? Anything faster than a MAX232?
Mostly curious but also trying to develop a good board at the same time.