FT2232H - High Speed Dual USB to multi-purpose UART/FIFO IC

The FT2232H is FTDI's 5th generation of USB devices and is a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480Mb/s) to UART/FIFO IC.  It has the capability of being configured in a variety of industry standard serial or parallel interfaces.

The FT2232H is a dual channel device allowing one USB port to connect to two separate interfaces without a USB hub chip. Each channel may be independently configured to support UART, FIFO (synchronous and asynchronous) or, by using the Multi Purpose Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE), USB to I2C, SPI, JTAG or other clocked serial interfaces. Also available are MCU Emulation and bitbang modes.

Building on the innovative features of the older FT2232 device, the FT2232H has two multi-protocol synchronous serial engines (MPSSEs) which allow for communication using JTAG, I2C and SPI on two channels simultaneously.

As with previous generations of FTDI ICs, comprehensive and free driver support is offered for most industry standard operating systems such as Windows, Linux and MAC OSX. This allows developers to focus on their end application rather than spending additional time developing drivers.

The FT2232H is available in Pb-free (RoHS compliant) 64-pin LQFP and QFN packages and a 56-pin QVFN package.

Key Features:

  • Single chip USB to dual serial / parallel ports with a variety of configurations.
  • Entire USB protocol handled on the chip. No USB specific firmware programming required.
  • USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbits/second) and Full Speed (12Mbits/second) compatible.
  • Dual Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE) to simplify synchronous serial protocol (USB to JTAG, I2C, SPI or bit-bang) design.
  • Dual independent UART or FIFO ports configurable using MPSSEs.
  • FTDI's royalty-free Virtual Com Port (VCP) and Direct (D2XX) drivers eliminate the requirement for USB driver development in most cases.
  • Highly integrated design includes +1.8V LDO regulator for VCORE, integrated POR function and on chip clock multiplier PLL (12MHz - 480MHz).
  • Asynchronous serial UART interface option with full hardware handshaking and modem interface signals.
  • Low operating and USB suspend current.
  • Supports bus powered, self powered and high-power bus powered USB configurations.
  • +1.8V (chip core) and +3.3V I/O interfacing (+5V Tolerant).
  • Extended -40°C to 85°C industrial operating temperature range.
  • Compact 64-LD Lead Free LQFP or LQFN package and a 56-pin QVFN package.
  • +3.3V single supply operating voltage range.

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  • Single chip USB to dual serial / parallel ports with a variety of configurations.
  • Entire USB protocol handled on the chip. No USB specific firmware programming required.
  • USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbits/second) and Full Speed (12Mbits/second) compatible.
  • Dual Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE) to simplify synchronous serial protocol (USB to JTAG, I2C, SPI or bit-bang) design.
  • Dual independent UART or FIFO ports configurable using MPSSEs.
  • Independent Baud rate generators.
  • RS232/RS422/RS485 UART Transfer Data Rate up to 12Mbaud. (RS232 Data Rate limited by external level shifter).
  • USB to parallel FIFO transfer data rate up to 10Mbyte/sec.
  • Single channel synchronous FIFO mode for transfers up to 40 Mbytes/sec.
  • CPU-style FIFO interface mode simplifies CPU interface design.
  • MCU host bus emulation mode configuration option.
  • Fast Opto-Isolated serial interface option.
  • FTDI's royalty-free Virtual Com Port (VCP) and Direct (D2XX) drivers eliminate the requirement for USB driver development in most cases.
  • Adjustable receive buffer timeout.
  • Option for transmit and receive LED drive signals on each channel.
  • Enhanced bit-bang Mode interface option with RD# and WR# strobes.
  • FT245B-style FIFO interface option with bidirectional data bus and simple 4 wire handshake interface.
  • Highly integrated design includes +1.8V LDO regulator for VCORE, integrated POR function and on chip clock multiplier PLL (12MHz - 480MHz).
  • Asynchronous serial UART interface option with full hardware handshaking and modem interface signals.
  • Fully assisted hardware or X-On / X-Off software handshaking.
  • UART Interface supports 7/8 bit data, 1/2 stop bits, and Odd/Even/Mark/Space/No Parity.
  • Auto-transmit enable control for RS485 serial applications using TXDEN pin.
  • Operational configuration mode and USB Description strings configurable in external EEPROM over the USB interface.
  • Configurable I/O drive strength (4,8,12 or 16mA) and slew rate.
  • Low operating and USB suspend current.
  • Supports bus powered, self powered and high-power bus powered USB configurations.
  • UHCI/OHCI/EHCI host controller compatible.
  • USB Bulk data transfer mode (512 byte packets in Hi-Speed mode).
  • +1.8V (chip core) and +3.3V I/O interfacing (+5V Tolerant).
  • Extended -40°C to 85°C industrial operating temperature range.
  • Compact 64-LD Lead Free LQFP or LQFN package and a 56-pin QVFN package.
  • +3.3V single supply operating voltage range.
  • Single chip USB to dual channel UART (RS232, RS422 or RS485).
  • Single chip USB to dual channel FIFO.
  • Single chip USB to dual channel JTAG.
  • Single chip USB to dual channel SPI.
  • Single chip USB to dual channel I2C.
  • Single chip USB to dual channel Bit-Bang.
  • Single chip USB to dual combination of any of above interfaces.
  • Single chip USB to Fast Serial Optic Interface.
  • Single chip USB to CPU target interface (as memory), double and independent.
  • Single chip USB to Host Bus Emulation (as CPU).
  • USB Audio and Low Bandwidth Video data transfer
  • PDA to USB data transfer
  • USB Smart Card Readers
  • USB Instrumentation
  • USB Industrial Control
  • USB MP3 Player Interface
  • USB FLASH Card Reader / Writers
  • Set Top Box PC - USB interface
  • USB Digital Camera Interface
  • USB Bar Code Readers
Part  Number Package Pack Size
FT2232HL-REEL 64-pin LQFP Reel of  1000
FT2232HL-TRAY 64-pin LQFP Tray of 160
FT2232H-56Q-REEL 56-pin VQFN Reel of 3000
FT2232HQ-REEL 64-pin QFN Reel of 4000
FT2232H-56Q-TRAY 56-pin VQFN Tray of 260
FT2232HQ-TRAY 64-pin QFN Tray of 260
FT2232H-56Q Mini Module 2 x 26-pin dual row headers Each
FT2232H Mini Module 2 x 26-pin dual row headers Each


The FT2232H Mini Module is a USB to dual channel serial/MPSSE/FIFO interface converter module based on the FT2232H USB Hi-Speed IC. The FT2232H handles all the USB signalling and protocol handling. The module provides access to device I/O interfaces via 2 double row 0.1" pitch male connectors.  The module is ideal for development purposes to quickly prove functionality of adding USB to a target design.

Two module variants are offered:

FT2232H Mini Module

For the 64-pin version of the FT2232H

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FT2232H-56Q Mini Module

For the 56-pin version of the FT2232H

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Versatile Range of Evaluation Kits

The extensive range of FTDI evaluation modules and kits represent the quickest way to get learn about USB, with many of the kits allowing you to get running in less than 30 minutes.

Volume pricing is available which is flexible enough to mean you could embed a module within your design for minimal time-to-market turnaround.

Please contact the Alpha Micro sales team for further advice and pricing.

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Last updated: 15 June 2016