X-chip USB platform gains family of breakout boards

November 19, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
New development hardware from FTDI Chip supports a variety of different serial and parallel interface technologies.

FTDI Chip has added to its support for designers working with its X-Chip series, with a range of breakout boards. The low-profile cards bridge USB 2.0 (full speed) signals to serial or parallel interfaces.

UMFT200XD is a USB-to-I²C module with four control bus lines, which is based on the FT200XD device. The UMFT201XB incorporates an FT201XQ IC and is also designed for USB-to-I²C conversion. UMFT220XB features a FT220XQ, which enables conversion of USB to a user-chosen, parallel bit interface (FTDI Chip's own FT1248 I/O) where the data bus may be set to a bit width of 1, 2, 4 or 8 depending on design constraints. The UMFT230XB modules relies on a FT230XQ USB-to-UART IC. It has four control bus lines and can be used for UART bridging with a UART rate of 3 Mbit/sec available. These modules are powered via USB, with no additional power source required. They do not have a built-in USB connector as the mechanical dimensions of the PCB allow direct insertion into the USB Host connector.

In addition to the standard -01 products, these X-Chip breakout boards will also be offered in two other versions. The -NC variant is supplied without the connector on the I/O side, while the -WE variant comes with 15cm 'flying leads' attached. Each of these X-Chip breakout boards is suitable for use with a broad range of different operating systems. These include Windows CE.NET/Vista/7/8/XP/XP Embedded, as well as Android, Linux 3.0 (and above) and MAC OS-X.

Pricing begins at $9.50.

FTDI; www.ftdichip.com/ft-xmodules