Alpha Micro Components introduces 3.3V DB9 USB to Digital Modules from FTDI

“Innovative new connectivity solution offers way of retrofitting USB functionality into existing system designs”

Alpha Micro Components has added a series of FTDI USB to digital level interface modules, in DB9 form factors, to its product portfolio. The new DB9-USB-D3-F (3.3 V output female connector), DB9-USB-D3-M (3.3 V output male connector), DB9-USB-D5-F (5 V output female connector) and DB9-USB-D5-M (5 V output male connector) enable implementation of USB interconnection into legacy equipment without the need for alteration of the enclosure or for any noticeable increase in the overall bill of materials.

All the modules utilise FTDI's FT232R USB to serial UART bridge chip, which is capable of supporting data rates of 12 Mbits/s (USB Full Speed). They allow for the quick and easy upgrading of pieces of hardware to today's most widely used serial interface standard in a highly convenient and cost effective manner. Drivers for the modules are available to from the Alpha Micro FTDI support team.

"These simple but ingenious active connectors contain all the necessary USB/digital level conversion electronics while fitting directly into the same board space and having an identical profile to a standard DB9 connector", said Maxine Hewitt, Marketing Director, Alpha Micro Components. "This means manufacturers and systems integrators can carry out the adaptation of older designs to USB, thereby realising the major benefits offered by modern interfacing, without needing to allocate a large proportion of their engineering resources or committing to heavy financial outlay."

Supplied in a compact 30.8 mm x 19.8 mm x 11.5 mm package, each of the modules uses a standard USB mini-B connector. They have an operational temperature range of -40 °C to +85 °C, permitting them to be specified for heavy duty industrial applications.


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Last updated: 14 October 2019