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Now available from RS Components, compact dual- and quad-channel hi-speed USB interface chips from FTDI

New USB interface ICs provide engineers with greater I/O options and address issue of limited board space

Singapore, 16 June 2016:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced availability of a duo of compact dual- and quad-channel hi-speed USB interface ICs with accompanying hardware from FTDI Chip. These devices are new versions of FTDI’s well-known FT2232H and FT4232H ICs, which are designed to provide engineers with a large range of I/O options and tackle common problems caused by limited board space.

The devices provide a high-quality solution for many applications including upgrading peripheral legacy systems to integrate USB or modernising equipment in the field. They are also ideally suited for use in USB instrumentation, smart card readers, industrial control systems, barcode readers, USB flash-drive readers and writers, and interfaces for portable electronics goods such as MP3 players and digital cameras.

The devices are configurable hi-speed USB 2.0 ICs that support 480Mbit/s operation and now come in 56-pin VQFN packages that complement the 64-pin LQFP package format. This makes them easier to place and route on circuit boards, in addition to saving board real estate in designs with significant space constraints. The devices are also available in mini modules (FT2232H-56Q and FT4232H-56Q), which are small dual-inline PCBs with integrated micro-USB connectors to provide easy interfacing with external infrastructure.

The FT2232H and FT4232H are designed to be as flexible as possible: incorporating two and four UARTs, respectively, both channels on the FT2232H and two of the four on the FT4232H can be configured independently via a wide variety of industry-standard serial interfaces. The use of a multi-protocol synchronous serial engine (MPSSE) allows emulation of JTAG, SPI, I2C, bit-bang and other synchronous serial modes.

The highly integrated FT2232H/FT4232H range offers a wide range of features including a 1.8V LDO voltage regulator and an integrated POR and clock multiplier PLL that operates over the 12 to 480MHz frequency range. The baud rate generator also provides data transfer at both standard and non-standard speeds. Meeting the needs of a wider selection of design implementations, the operating temperature range of –40°C to +85°C also provides the necessary ruggedness for industrial deployment.

As the chips integrate the USB protocol, they do not require production of USB specific firmware, resulting in reduced development time. The devices are supported by a wide selection of USB drivers designed for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

The FT2232H and FT4232H USB 2.0 interface ICs from FDTI Chip are available to order now from RS components across EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of £1.29bn.

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