FTDI unveils hi-speed USB interface ICs

FTDI has unveiled new versions of its FT2232H and FT4232H devices. These new configurable USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ICs, which are capable of supporting 480Mbit/s, are now available in 56-pin VQFN packages, complementing the existing 64-pin LQFP package format and will provide engineers with a greater breadth of IO options.

The ICs are now easier to place and route on to PCBs, as well as being better suited to space-constrained electronic designs.

The FT2232H and FT4232H incorporate 2 and 4 UARTs respectively and to maximize application flexibility, both channels on the FT2232H and 2 of the 4 channels on the FT4232H can be independently configured in a wide variety of industry-standard serial interfaces. This is acheived via a multi-protocol synchronous serial engine (MPSSE), which allows emulation of JTAG, SPI, I2C, bit-bang or other synchronous serial modes.

Both the FT2232H-56Q and FT4232H-56Q are also offered in mini modules. These small dual-inline PCBs have attached micro-USB connectors to ease interfacing with external infrastructure.

Key applications for these ICs/modules are the upgrading legacy peripheral designs to accept USB and field updating of equipment. Other items where they will be utilized include USB instrumentation, smart card readers, industrial control systems, bar code readers, USB flash drive reader/writers and interfaces for portable electronics goods (MP3 players, digital cameras, etc.)

Highly integrated the FT2232H/FT4232H offer more streamlined implementations and among the functionality in each IC is a 1.8V LDO voltage regulator, integrated POR and clock multiplier PLL (covering frequencies from 12MHz to 480MHz). The baud rate generator allows data transfer at non-standard as well as standard speeds. Since the USB protocol is taken care of on chip, there is no need for USB specific firmware to be created (thereby reducing development times).

These ICs are supported by a broad array of USB drivers, for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. The -40°C to 85°C operating temperature range means they are suited to industrial deployment.