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FTDI releases two new Vinculum USB host controller development modules

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FTDI, available through GLYN High-Tech Distribution, has released two new development modules based on the VNC1L Vinculum embedded USB host controller IC.

Using FTDI's Vinculum firmware, the VDRIVE2 can be used to add USB Flash disk connectivity to virtually any system, allowing files to be written directly to a USB Flash disk.

The VMUSIC2 module provides all the functionality of the VDRIVE2, but uses an extended version of FTDI's VDAP firmware with a VLSI VS1003 IC to allow MP3 file playback directly from a USB Flash disk.

VDRIVE2 and VMUSIC2 are functionally similar to the first generation VDRIVE1 and VMUSIC1 modules respectively.

The main differences between these two generations are the plastic enclosure, different PCB layout and included cable with headers on the second generation development modules.

VDRIVE2:

The VDRIVE2 module provides an easy solution for adding a USB Flash disk interface to an existing product. Only four signal lines plus 5V supply and ground are required to be connected.

Using the Vinculum VDAP firmware, the VNC1L’s I/O interface can be selected between the serial UART or SPI using the on-board jumper pins.

Key features:

  • Uses FTDI’s VNC1L embedded USB host controller IC device
  • USB A type socket to connect USB Flash disk
  • Traffic indicator LED
  • 2mm (0.08”) pitch 8-pin connector
  • 8-way header interconnect cable provided
  • Only four signals to connect, excluding power and ground
  • Jumper selectable UART or SPI interfaces
  • Single 5V supply input
  • Uses Vinculum VDAP firmware and command set
  • Enclosure with snap in place clips allows for easy front panel mounting
  • Program or update firmware via USB Flash disk or via UART or SPI interface
  • VNC1L firmware programming control pins Prog and Reset brought out onto internal jumper interface (only accessible on internal module PCB)
  • VDRIVE2 is a Pb-free, RoHS complaint development module
  • Schematics and firmware files available for download from the
  • Vinculum website

A PCB only version is available for larger volume OEM customers.

VMUSIC2:

The VMUSIC2 module is a product which not only lets you add USB Flash disk interfacing to your product, but also allows you to play back MP3 and other popular digital music formats directly from a USB Flash disk.

Only four signal lines plus 5V supply and ground are are required to be connected. Extensions to the Vinculum VDAP command set allow you to play a selected file, as well as control the volume, balance, etc. of the sound channel and monitor the status of the file being played.

The Vinculum VDAP firmware also allows the VNC1L’s I/O interface to be selected between the serial UART or SPI using on-board jumper pins.

The VMUSIC2 is ideal for adding MP3 playback from USB drive capabillity to home entertainment and in-car audio systems, as well as other appliances requiring audio playback capability from USB Flash disks.

Key features:

  • Uses FTDI’s VNC1L embedded USB host controller IC device combined with VLSI VS1003 IC for music playback
  • USB A type socket to connect USB Flash disk
  • Stereo 3.5mm headphone jack socket for audio playback
  • Audio line-out connector for audio playback
  • Only four signals to connect, excluding power and ground
  • Jumper selectable UART or SPI interfaces
  • Single 5V supply input
  • Traffic indicator LED
  • Uses extended Vinculum VDAP firmware and command set
  • Program or update firmware via USB Flash disk or via UART interface
  • VNC1L firmware programming control pins Prog and Reset brought out onto internal jumper interface
  • VMUSIC2 is a Pb-free, RoHS complaint development module
  • Schematics, and firmware files available for download from the Vinculum website
  • A PCB only version is available for larger volume OEM customers.

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