Electronic Products & Technology


Protocol converter enables easy USB connectivity

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a complete, out-of-the-box solution that makes it easy to add USB connectivity to existing systems. The MCP2200 USB-to-UART protocol converter, with its low-cost evaluation tool, software libraries and Windows based configuration tool, enables designers to quickly and easily add USB connectivity to their application without completely redesigning the system. The whole solution is designed to shorten time-to-market for a variety of applications in the industrial (e.g. data loggers, instrumentation, data-acquisition systems and smart-card readers) and medical.

End users increasingly want to connect their embedded applications to PCs for data collection, transfer and analysis, as well as for system networking/connectivity. One of the simplest ways to add this capability to existing systems is via a USB-to-UART protocol converter, such as the MCP2200. By simply connecting the MCP2200 UART interface to any microcontroller UART peripheral, USB connectivity can be added. Additionally, the MCP2200 includes 8 general-purpose I/O pins that can be controlled by the PC using the Windows-based configuration tool that comes with the MCP2200. As a result, a wider range of applications can be supported.


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