FTDI to USB-C Cable - 5V VCC-3.3V I/O

USB C is quickly becoming more and more prominent in the maker community because, let's be honest, who likes trying three times to insert USB into a port? This FTDI cable is a USB C to Serial converter which allows for a simple way to connect TTL interface devices to USB. Each 26AWG cable is one meter in length with the USB C side protected by a 2in enclosure.

The FTDI cable is designed around an RS232, which is housed in a USB C connector. The other side of the cable is terminated with a 0.1" pitch, 6-pin connector with the following pinout: RTS (Green), RX (Yellow), TX (Orange), VCC 5V (Red), CTS (Brown), GND (Black). This FTDI to USB C Cable is also capable of handling high voltages up to 300V max.

There are pros and cons to the FTDI Cable vs the FTDI Basic. The FTDI Basic has great LED indicators, but requires a Mini-B cable. The FTDI Cable is well protected against the elements, but is large and cannot be embedded into a project as easily. The FTDI Basic uses DTR to cause a hardware reset where the FTDI cable uses the RTS signal.

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  • incyi / about 5 years ago / 2

    Is a 5V version also on the roadmap ?

    • santaimpersonator / about 5 years ago / 1

      I think this just got moved over from SparkX; I threw in a product submission for a 5V version.

  • Member #124843 / about 6 years ago / 2

    Will this program a Thing or does it not have DTR?

    • CF / about 6 years ago / 2

      Yes, this will program a Thing. The IDE actually touches both DTR and RTS at the same time when programing so either will work.

  • bdodds / about a year ago / 1

    Another vote for a 5V version please...

    What is "got moved over from SparkX". ???

  • Member #1484640 / about 4 years ago / 1

    The pin order in the drawing does not seem to match the pin order in the description. Which is it?

    • Member #1486567 / about 4 years ago / 2

      Use the numbers on the right side of the drawing below P2, P1 is the USB connector and should not be directly connected to what the drawing says it is connected to.

    • santaimpersonator / about 4 years ago / 1

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  • Member #1537317 / about 5 years ago / 1

    While I see a note that it supports RS232, which USB to 232 FTDI converter is inside the cable?

    • santaimpersonator / about 5 years ago / 1

      Unfortunately, we don't manufacture the cables so I can't really answer that question. If you asking for which driver to use... you can find links to the FTDI drivers here (just use the most up-to-date version for your system).

  • Moto Mike / about 5 years ago / 0

    Bring 5v!!! I want a USB-C FTDI cable!!!!

    • santaimpersonator / about 5 years ago / 1

      I think this just got moved over from SparkX; I threw in a product submission for a 5V version.

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