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Devt platform eases MCU USB interface design

Posted: 10 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:USB? flash? FTDI? Vinculum? Microchip?

DLP-VLOG development platform from FTDI

FTDI has announced the availability of the DLP-VLOG, a development platform based on its Vinculum USB host controller IC. The platform, configured as a simple data logging application, is designed to read temperature, humidity and voltage data, and store it on the supplied 32Mbyte USB flash drive. A Microchip MCU used together with the Vinculum IC serves to illustrate how to provide virtually unlimited data storage to a small MCU. The DLP-VLOG provides a complete reference design on which to base new Vinculum development as well as being a starting point for similar logging applications.

Vinculum provides USB host capability to MCU-based products that previously did not have the hardware resources available. A wide range of consumer and industrial products, such as intelligent domestic appliances, meter readers and vending machines, can now incorporate USB connectivity.

USB host interface
FTDI's Vinculum VNC1L-1A IC provides USB host interface and data transfer, and supports the most popular device classes of mass storage, printer and human interface descriptor (HID). HID class devices typically include keyboards and mice. When interfacing to flash drives, Vinculum manages the FAT structure by using a straightforward command set. The device has 8- and 32bit custom processor cores, dual DMA controllers, 64k embedded flash and 4k internal SRAM memory. Vinculum features two USB 2.0 low and full speed, host and slave ports, UART, SPI and parallel FIFO interfaces. It also has a PS2 legacy keyboard and mouse interface, and up to 28 GPIO pins are available depending on configuration.

The DLP-VLOG development kit includes a C compiler, device programmer and debugger and C source code for the MCU. Two Windows utility programs assist in converting data to floating point values and setting up the real time clock. All documentation, source code and programs are provided on the supplied flash drive.

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