Virtual Serial Port Cookbook & Kit Combo

Virtual Serial Port Cookbook & Kit Combo
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Product ID : SKU16762


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Combo Includes:

Virtual Serial Port Cookbook: This is a cookbook for communicating between a PC and a microcontroller using the FTDI FT232R USB UART IC. The book has lots of software and hardware examples. The code is in C# and Visual Basic Express, allowing you to build Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) and add serial port functions to create communications programs.

1. Learn how to use the FTDI USB FT232R serial converter.

2. The book includes FT232R breakout boards from SparkFun and Gravitech. The parts kit has two of the Gravitech boards.

3. The Virtual Serial Port Cookbook has hardware experiments that allow you to use the BBUSB (BreadBoard USB). These include:

  • Communicate between two BBUSBs in Serial UART mode.
  • Use UART signals to read switches and light LEDs.
  • Use a BBUSB with RSs232 level converters.
  • Use special bit-bang drivers to read switches and light LEDs.
  • Create the ‘World’s Smallest Moving Message Sign.'

Part 1 — Serial Port via USB Made Almost Easy: In the first section, you will learn the basics of serial communications using a USB UART bridge. You will further learn to write a simple terminal program in C# and Visual Basic Express .NET.

Part 2 — PC to Microcontroller Conversations: In the second section, you will build on what you have learned and get into more details about GUI programming, using the SerialPort class, and some useful software tools such as XML. You will bring it all together by building a Developer Terminal, which will have most of the bells and whistles that you would want for communicating between a PC and microcontroller. You will end this section with some neat hardware experiments.

Part 3 — The FTDI FT232R: In the final section, you will chuck the serial port paradigm and communicate directly with the FT232R. You will learn how to use the Smiley Micros port of the FTDI D2XX driver; you will do some more hardware experiments bit-banging the BBUSB pins; and finally, you will build a software programmer for the FT232R.

Kit Includes:

  • 1 – Source Code CD
  • 2 – FT232R Breakout Boards
  • 1 – Breadboard + Wires
  • 1 – Eight-Position DIP Switch
  • 1 – Seven-Segment LED
  • 1 – RS-232 Voltage Level Converter
  • 8 – LEDs
  • 8 – 2.2K ohm Resistors
  • 2 – 220 Resistors
  • 5 – 0.1 µF Capacitors
  • 1 – DB-9 Female Connector
  • 1 – DB-9 Male Connector
  • 2 – 9" Solid Insulated Wire (AWG 22)

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