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FTDI Friend + extras - v1.0

SKU: ADA284

$25.00 AUD, inc GST
$22.73 AUD, exc GST

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FTDI Friend + extras - v1.0
25 AUD

SKU: ADA284

$25.00 AUD, inc GST
$22.73 AUD, exc GST
2 reviews 0 5 4.5
In stock, with a short lead time. 120 units dispatch in 4 to 7 days (in addition to the shipping method you choose). Our timing and stock is accurate. Delivery to you by Tue, 29th of Aug with Express Post within Australia.
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Note: These use genuine FTDI chips, either Adafruit purchase them or they are manufactured to Adafruit's specifications with the requirement of genuine FTDI chips 10/22/14 - read more.

Long gone are the days of parallel ports and serial ports. Now the USB port reigns supreme! But USB is hard, and you just want to transfer your every-day serial data from a microcontroller to computer. What now? Enter the FTDI Friend!

The FTDI Friend is a tweaked out FTDI FT232RL chip adapter. Sure, like the well-known FTDI cable, it can provide power to your project and there are 4 signal lines for sending data back and forth. But the Friend can do much more! For example, you can change the signal and power lines to be either 3.3V or 5V. Arduino-derivatives and XBees use the RTS line for programming but what if you need that DTR line? It's there for you.
By default, Adafruit have set it up so that it matches Adafruit's FTDI cables. The 6th pin is RTS (as of Arduino IDE v18 this will work perfectly for uploading to 'inos), the power wire is +5V and the signal levels are 3.3V (they are 5V compliant, and should work in the vast majority of 3.3V and 5V signal systems).

And of course, Adafruit include a little extra - in this case its the extra-long headers that you can use to plug it into a breadboard. There are also blinkies, 2 red & green LEDs already on the board that pulse when serial is sent or received.

You can also purchase a a 6-pin extension cable from us, which will let you rearrange the wire order.

In a pinch, you can even use it to program AVRs (its a bit slow but works!)

Adafruit have a full tutorial page about the FTDI friend and you can peruse the FTDI cable datasheet, FTDI FT232RL chip datasheet or the schematic/layout files at GitHub

Technical Details

Dimensions:

  • Length: 38.07mm/1.5in
  • Width: 17.89mm/0.7in
  • Height: 7.7mm/0.31in
  • Weight: 3.4g/0.12oz

EagleCAD PCB files, schematic, and Fritzing available in the product tutorial

Documentation and Resources:

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Customer Reviews

  1. Review by Don verified purchaser
    Rating
    100

    Just what I neeeded to go with the Monochron clock (Posted on 7/03/2017)

  2. Review by Tim - Works a treat verified purchaser
    Rating
    80

    This worked perfectly, first try, for programming an ARM STM32 MPU. The need to cut traces and solder a jumper to set the voltage is a bit funky - a movable jumper would have been nice. But it nonetheless works really well. (Posted on 3/05/2014)

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