Future Technology Devices International Limited has further strengthened its portfolio of USB interface IC products with the release of the FT232H USB2.0 hi-speed device. This versatile, single-channel USB to UART/FIFO interface device can be configured via EEPROM to use a variety of different serial or parallel interfaces. Bundled with FTDI's well established and proven USB device drivers, this solution enables engineers to easily add hi-speed USB connectivity into new and legacy peripheral designs with a minimum of design and support effort. In addition, the associated UM232H evaluation module allows engineers to quickly prototype and tests the FT232H's suitability for incorporation into new system designs. This highly integrated USB device controller contains USB, serial and parallel protocol engines, eliminating any requirement for USB specific firmware development. The device supports IO interface levels of 3.3 V with 5 V tolerant inputs, making it suitable for connection to a wide variety of logic, MPUs, and FPGAs.
As well as supporting asynchronous serial (UART) interfacing, the FT232H also supports interface to many synchronous IOs such as SPI, I2C, JTAG, and FPGA programming interfaces, via its inbuilt Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE), which is capable of communication speeds of up to 30 Mbits/s. In addition, MPSSE can be utilized by design engineers to implement their own synchronous serial bus protocols.