Description: This is the newest revision of our FTDI Basic. We now use a SMD 6-pin header on the bottom, which makes it smaller and more compact. Functionality has remained the same.
This is a basic breakout board for the FTDI FT232RL USB to serial IC. The pinout of this board matches the FTDI cable to work with official Arduino and cloned 5V Arduino boards. It can also be used for general serial applications. The major difference with this board is that it brings out the DTR pin as opposed to the RTS pin of the FTDI cable. The DTR pin allows an Arduino target to auto-reset when a new Sketch is downloaded. This is a really nice feature to have and allows a sketch to be downloaded without having to hit the reset button. This board will auto reset any Arduino board that has the reset pin brought out to a 6-pin connector.
The pins labeled BLK and GRN correspond to the colored wires on the FTDI cable. The black wire on the FTDI cable is GND, green is CTS. Use these BLK and GRN pins to align the FTDI basic board with your Arduino target.
This board has TX and RX LEDs that make it a bit better to use over the FTDI cable. You can actually see serial traffic on the LEDs to verify if the board is working.
This board was designed to decrease the cost of Arduino development and increase ease of use (the auto-reset feature rocks!). Our Arduino Pro boards and LilyPads use this type of connector.
One of the nice features of this board is a jumper on the back of the board that allows the board to be configured to either 3.3V or 5V (both power output and IO level). This board ship default to 5V, but you can cut the default trace and add a solder jumper if you need to switch to 3.3V.
Note: We know a lot of you prefer microUSB over miniUSB. Never fear, we’ve got you covered! Check out our FT231X Breakout for your micro FTDI needs!
Based on 11 ratings:
When I put together a DC boarduino from adafruit, I knew that it wouldn’t work with USB directly, and didn’t quite understand what this guy does until I just plugged it in! And it worked without any real fiddling. I also used the 3.3V version to reprogram the Big Time Watch from Sparkfun.
This batch is better than the last batch. And best ever customer support!
Does exactly as advertised, it’s smaller than i expected, but that’s a good thing.
There once was a breakout from Sparkfun. So lovely! I went out and bought one. From host to Arduino, How nicely the bits flow, With nary a hint of dysfunction.
I bought this to replace an FTDI cable, and found I like it better. I mostly use it with Arduino type devices, and it works just like I’d want. Plug it in, it powers the device and lets me program it and run the serial monitor. No fuss, works transparently.
No issues at all, does what its supposed to do.
Used this 5v BO for setting up a MinimOSD. When first plugging in, the required drivers automatically download then the following link is needed to complete: https://code.google.com/p/arducam-osd/downloads/list?can=2&q=MinimOSD&colspec=Filename+Summary+Uploaded+ReleaseDate+Size+DownloadCount
Additional tips: https://code.google.com/p/arducam-osd/wiki/minimosd
Good solid design. One request… The connect should be a USB micro instead of a USB mini. Micros are more common and rated for more insertions.
Really easy to use, drivers install immediately and I can plug it right into the UART port on a micro or other embedded device and send/read data from my PC’s COM port. It’s much smaller than previous versions which is nice, as well as the fact that the UART header is simpler and smaller. Overall another great product from Sparkfun.