Lowest cost FT232RL Breakout Board! Packed with a quailty design.
This is a breakout board for popular FTDI USB to UART IC (FT232RL). It allows you to use your PC to communicate with and power your project for up to 500mA (5V) and 50mA (3.3V). There are two options for communicating:
1) Virtual COM Port (VCP) drivers for RS-232 style serial ports.
2) Special Dynamic Link Library (DLL) to directly control access to the USB device and pin I/O
Both options are free from FTDI
The jumper on the board allows you to quickly change the logic levels (3.3V or 5V). It is breadboard friendly (0.1" spacing). All pins are labeled for ease of use. The design is properly included ferrite bead and other filter capacitors as FTDI recommended. Three LEDs telling you the status of RX (red), TX (green) and POWER (blue). The black solder mask make a beautiful finishing touch to the board.
The board comes with 10-PIN header x2, 3-PIN header x1 and the jumper. NOTED: The header pins are not installed for general purpose use.
Check out these really well done tutorials
on bit-banging SPI with the FT232. Nice work Michael!
Also check out this great cookbook
on FT232R by Joe Pardue.
Implements full v2.0 USB protocol
Needs no external crystal
Internal EEPROM for device ID and Product Description strings
Royalty-Free Driver support for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX
14 I/O lines for use with RS-232, bit-bang, or special function modes
Provides USB Bus power of 5V up to 500mA and regulated 3.3V up to 50mA
Unique serial number for security dongle applications using FTDIChip-ID
Clock generator to drive microcontrollers (6, 12, 24, and 48 MHz)
LED status indicatiors RX (red), TX (green) and POWER (blue)
Ferrite bead for in rush current protection
Easy logic level selection jumper
All pins are labeled
FT232RL Breakout Schematic
FT232RL IC Datasheet
FTClean (for removing extraneous/old ports)
FTDI Driver Page