USB Conversion Chip Manufacturer FTDI has appointed GLYN as its OEM Distributor for Australia and New Zealand
UK-based FTDI is a specialist in converting legacy peripherals to Universal Serial Bus (USB), offering the easiest route to USB migration by combining USB-Serial (USB-RS232) and USB-FIFO silicon solutions with their ready-to-go royalty free USB drivers. FTDI's widely popular USB conversion solutions offer reduced development and debug costs and a fast time to market. The FT232R and FT245R are the latest additions to its growing range of USB to UART and USB to FIFO conversion solutions.
The FT232R is the latest device to be added to FTDI's range of USB-UART interface integrated circuit devices. The FT232R is a USB to serial UART interface with optional clock generator output, and includes the new FTDIChip-ID(tm) security dongle feature. In addition, asynchronous and synchronous bit bang interface modes are available. USB to serial designs using the FT232R have been greatly simplified by fully integrating an external EEPROM, clock circuit and USB resistors onto the device. The FT232R also includes two new functions compared with its predecessors, effectively making it a "3-in-1" chip for some application areas. The internally generated clock (6MHz, 12MHz, 24MHz, and 48MHz) can be brought out of the device and used to drive a microcontroller or external logic. A unique number (the FTDIChip-ID(tm)) is burnt into the device during manufacture and is readable over USB, thus forming the basis of a security dongle which can be used to protect customer application software from being copied. The FT232R is available in Pb-free (RoHS compliant) compact 28-Lead SSOP and QFN-32 packages.
Other members of the FTDI's USB-UART family include the 3rd generation FTDI device FT2232C, and its lead free version FT2232L. The FT2232C features two multi-purpose UART/FIFO controllers which can be configured individually in several different modes. Aside from having the UART interface, FIFO interface and the Bit-Bang IO mode of the 2nd generation FT232BM and FT245BM devices, the FT2232C offers a variety of additional new modes of operation including a Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE) interface which is designed specifically for synchronous serial protocols such as I2C, JTAG and SPI bus.