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USB to RS232 Serial Converter Range of
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1 Description
The USB_RS232 cables are a family of USB to RS232 levels serial UART converter cables incorporating
FTDI’s FT232RQ USB to serial UART interface IC device which handles all the USB signalling and
protocols. The cables provide a fast, simple way to connect devices with a RS232 level serial UART
interface to USB.
Each USB-RS232 cable contains a small internal electronic circuit board, utilising the FT232R, which is
encapsulated into the USB connector end of the cable. The FT232R datasheet, DS_FT232R, is available at
http://www.ftdichip.com. The integrated electronics also include the RS232 level shifter plus Tx and Rx
LEDs which give a visual indication of traffic on the cable (if transparent USB connector specified).
The other end of the cable is bare, tinned wire ended connections by default, but can be customised
using different connectors to support various applications.
Cables are FCC, CE, RoHS compliant.
The USB side of the cable is USB powered and USB 2.0 full speed compatible. Each cable is 1.8m long
and supports a data transfer rate up to 1 Mbaud. Each cable supports the FTDIChip-ID™, with a unique
USB serial number programmed into the FT232R. This feature can be used to create a security or
password protected file transfer access using the cable. Further information and examples on this feature
are available at http://www.ftdichip.com under FTDIChip-ID Projects.
The USB-RS232 cables require USB drivers, available free from http://www.ftdichip.com, which are
used to make the FT232R in the cable appear as a virtual COM port (VCP). This then allows the user to
communicate with the USB interface via a standard PC serial emulation port (for example TTY). Another
FTDI USB driver, the D2XX driver, can also be used with application software to directly access the
FT232R on the cable though a DLL. This is illustrated in the Figure 1.1
VCP
TTY
USB
USB_RS232
Virtual COM Port
Software application access to USB via D2XX
USB
TTY
D2XX
DLL
Wire Ended
Customised connectors
Various Connector
Options
Wire Ended
Various Connector
Options
Customised connectors
Figure 1.1 Using the USB-RS232 Cable
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2 Cable Part Numbers
The following
Table 2.1 gives details of the available USB-RS232 cables.
Part Number
Description
End Connector*
Cable details
USB-RS232-WE-1800-BT-0.0
USB to UART cable with
RS232 level UART signals.
Black cable, Transparent
USB connector
0.0 = RED wire is 0V
Wire Ended (no
connector)
1.8m cable,6 core,
UL2464 24 AWG,
diam=5mm
*
USB-RS232-CC-LLLL-CU-PWR
USB to UART cable with
RS232 level UART signals.
C = cable colour (B black or
T transparent),
U = USB connector colour (B
black or T transparent)
PWR = power supply output
on red wire. 0.0 = 0V,
3.3=3.3V,5.0=5V)
CU = Connector
description.
LLLL = Length of
cable.
Table 2.1 USB-RS232 Cables Descriptions and Part Numbers
* FTDI supports customised end connector designs. For more information, please contact FTDI Sales Team
(sales1@ftdichip.com)
2.1 Certifications
FTDI USB-RS232 range of cables are fully RoHs compliant as well as CE and FCC certified.
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Table of Contents
1 Description ..................................................................................... 1
2 Cable Part Numbers ........................................................................ 2
2.1 Certifications ................................................................................................. 2
3 Typical Applications ........................................................................ 4
3.1 Driver Support .............................................................................................. 4
3.2 Features ........................................................................................................ 5
4 Features of FT232R applicable to USB-RS232 Cables ...................... 6
5 USB-RS232-WE-LLLL-CU ................................................................. 7
5.1 USB-RS232-WE Connections and Mechanical Details ..................................... 7
5.2 USB-RS232-WE Cable Signal Descriptions ..................................................... 8
5.3 USB-RS232-WE Electrical Parameters ........................................................... 8
6 Cable PCB Circuit Schematic ......................................................... 10
7 Contact Information ..................................................................... 11
Appendix A - Cable EEPROM Configuration ......................................... 12
Appendix B - List of Figures and Tables.............................................. 13
Appendix C - Revision History ............................................................ 14
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3 Typical Applications
USB to serial RS232 level converter.
Upgrading legacy peripherals to USB.
Interface Microcontroller UART or I/O to USB.
Interface FPGA or PLD to USB.
3.1 Driver Support
Royalty free VIRTUAL COM PORT
(VCP) DRIVERS for...
Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, Server 2003, XP
and Server 2008
Windows XP and XP 64-bit
Windows Vista and Vista 64-bit
Windows XP Embedded
Windows CE 4.2, 5.0 and 6.0
Mac OS 8/9, OS-X
Linux 2.4 and greater
The drivers listed above are all available to download for free from www.ftdichip.com. Various 3rd
Party Drivers are also available for other operating systems - see www.ftdichip.com for details.
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3.2 Features
USB-RS232 converter cable provides a USB to
RS232 serial interface with customised end
connectors.
Entire USB protocol handled by the electronics
in the cable USB.
EIA/TIA-232 and V.28/V.24 communication
interface with low power requirements.
UART interface support for 7 or 8 data bits, 1
or 2 stop bits and odd / even / mark / space /
no parity.
Internal EEPROM with user writeable area.
FTDI’s royalty-free VCP allow for
communication as a standard emulated COM
port and D2XX ‘direct’ drivers provide DLL
application programming interface.
Visual indication of Tx and Rx traffic via LEDs in
the transparent USB connector.
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4 Features of FT232R applicable to USB-RS232 Cables
The USB-RS232 cables use FTDI’s FT232RQ USB to serial UART IC device. This section summarises the
key features of the FT232RQ which apply to the USB-RS232 USB to serial RS232 converter cables. For
further details, and a full features and enhancements description consult the FT232R datasheet.This is
available from www.ftdichip.com.
Internal EEPROM. The internal EEPROM in each cable is used to store USB Vendor ID (VID), Product ID
(PID), device serial number, product description string and various other USB configuration descriptors.
Each cable is supplied with the internal EEPROM pre-programmed as described in Appendix A - Cable
EEPROM Configuration. The internal EEPROM descriptors can be programmed in circuit, over USB
without any additional voltage requirement. It can be programmed using the FTDI utility software called
MPROG, which can be downloaded from FTDI Utilities on the FTDI website (www.ftdichip.com).
Additionally, there is a user area of the internal EEPROM available to system designers to allow storing of
data (note that this is not modified by MPROG).
Lower Operating and Suspend Current. The FT232R has a low 15mA operating supply current and a
very low USB suspend current of approximately 70μA. (Note that during suspend mode, the current
drawn by any customised cable application which uses the USB supply, should not exceed 2.5mA to
remain USB compliant)
Low USB Bandwidth Consumption. The USB interface of the FT232R, and therefore the USB-RS232
cables has been designed to use as little as possible of the total USB bandwidth available from the USB
host controller.
UART Pin Signal Inversion. The sense of each of the UART signals can be individually inverted by
configuring options in the internal EEPROM. For example CTS# (active low) can be changed to CTS
(active high), or TXD can be changed to TXD#.
FTDIChip-ID™. The FT232R includes the new FTDIChip-ID™ security dongle feature. This FTDIChip-ID™
feature allows a unique number to be burnt into each cable during manufacture. This number cannot be
reprogrammed. This number is only readable over USB can be used to form the basis of a security dongle
which can be used to protect any customer application software being copied. This allows the possibility
of using the USB-RS232 cables as a dongle for software licensing. Further to this, a renewable license
scheme can be implemented based on the FTDIChip-ID™ number when encrypted with other information.
This encrypted number can be stored in the user area of the FT232R internal EEPROM, and can be
decrypted, then compared with the protected FTDIChip-ID™ to verify that a license is valid. Web based
applications can be used to maintain product licensing this way. An application note, AN232R-02,
available from FTDI website (www.ftdichip.com) describes this feature.
Improved EMI Performance. The USB-RS232 cables are FCC and CE certified.
Extended Operating Temperature Range - The USB-RS232 cables are capable of operating over an
extended temperature range of -40º to +85º C thus allowing them to be used in automotive or industrial
applications.
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5 USB-RS232-WE-LLLL-CU-PWR
The USB-RS232-WE cable is un-terminated; it has bare and tinned wires.
The LLLL specifies the length of the cable in cm. The CU specifies the colour of the cable and the colour of
the USB connector. The cable can be either Black or transparent. The USB connector can either be black
or transparent. For simplicity, the LLLL and CU have been dropped from the following descriptions.
5.1 USB-RS232-WE-PWR Connections and Mechanical Details
The following Figure 5.1 shows the cable signals and the wire colours for the signals on the USB-RS232-
WE cable.
GND
CTS#
POWER*
TXD
RXD
RTS#
1
2
3
4
5
6
CABLE 1.8m
OV or +3.3V or +5V
(default is 0V)
1
2
3
4
5
6
BLACK
BROWN
RED
ORANGE
YELLOW
GREEN
POWER* - default is GND, but can be manufactured to provide +3.3V or +5V
Figure 5.1 USB-RS232-WE Connections
Figure 5.2 USB-RS232-WE Mechanical Details (dimensions in mm)
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5.2 USB-RS232-WE Cable Signal Descriptions
Colour
Name
Type
Description
Black
GND
GND
Device ground supply pin.
Brown
CTS#
Input
Clear to Send Control input / Handshake signal.
Red
POWER
Output
Power output. Default is GND, but can be customised to
output +3.3V or +5V. If required, contact FTDI Sales Team
(sales1@ftdichip.com)
Orange
TXD
Output
Transmit Asynchronous Data output.
Yellow
RXD
Input
Receive Asynchronous Data input.
Green
RTS#
Output
Request To Send Control Output / Handshake signal.
Table 5.1 USB-RS232-WE Cable Signal Descriptions
5.3 USB-RS232-WE Electrical Parameters
Parameter
Description
Minimum
Typical
Maximum
Units
Conditions
VCC_5V
Output Power Voltage*
4.25
5.0*
5.25
V
*Default is GND. This figure
only applies when cable has
been customised to output
+5V. The range is
dependent on the USB port
that the USB-RS232-WE is
connected to
VCC_3.3V
Output Power Voltage**
3.2
3.3**
3.4
V
**Default is GND. This
figure only applies when
cable has been customised
to output +3.3V.
IO
Output Power Current***
-
75
mA
***Only applies when
POWER output is customised
to +5V or+3.3V
Must be less that 2.5mA
during suspend.
T
Operating Temperature
Range
-40
+85
oC
Table 5.2 USB-RS232-WE I/O Operating Parameters
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Parameter
Description
Minimum
Typical
Maximum
Units
Conditions
Vtrans
Transmitter output voltage
swing
+/- 5
+/- 6.5
+/- 15
V
Vrec
Receiver input voltage
range
-25
+25
V
Table 5.3 USB-RS232-WE I/O Pin Characteristics
Description
Conditions
Minimum
Typical
Maximum
ESD HBM
RS-232 Inputs and Outputs
±15 kV
EN61000-4-2ContactDischarge
RS-232 Inputs and Outputs
±8 kV
EN61000-4-2AirGapDischarge
RS-232 Inputs and Outputs
±15 kV
Table 5.4 USB-RS232-WE ESD Tolerance
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6 Cable PCB Circuit Schematic
The circuit schematic for the small internal electronic circuit board, utilising the FTDI FT232R, which is
encapsulated into the USB connector end of the cable, is shown in Figure 6.1.
Customised versions of the cable are also available. Users interested in customised versions of these
cables should contact FTDI sales (sales1@ftdichip.com).
30
32
2
8
4 17 20 24 26
14
15
18
1
19 16
4.7uF +
FB
10nF
1
2
3
4
547pF x 2
USB-DP
USB-DM RS232 LEVEL
SHIFTER
TXD
RTS#
RXD
CTS#
FT232R_TXD
FT232R_RTS
FT232R_RXD
FT232R_CTS
VCC
FT232RQ
VCC_3V3
GND
GND VCC VCC_3V3
ONLY 1 Resistor is
fitted. Default is
POWER=GND
POWER
FT232R_PWREN#
22
FT232R_SLEEP#
21
EN#
SHUTDOWN#
VCC
Charge
Pump
Caps 2
x 0.1uF
VCC
1011
TX
LED RX
LED
100nF
100nF
V+
470nF
V-
470nF
VCC
USB “A” PLUG
GND
Figure 6.1 Circuit Schematic of PCB Used in the USB to RS232 Serial Converter Cable
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7 Contact Information
Head Office Glasgow, UK
Future Technology Devices International Limited
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United Kingdom
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Branch Office Taipei, Taiwan
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Future Technology Devices International Limited (USA)
7235 NW Evergreen Parkway, Suite 600
Hillsboro, OR 97123-5803
USA
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Room 408, 317 Xianxia Road,
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Web Site URL: http://www.ftdichip.com
Distributor and Sales Representatives
Please visit the Sales Network page of the FTDI Web site for the contact details of our distributor(s) and
sales representative(s) in your country.
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Appendix A - Cable EEPROM Configuration
Each USB-RS232 cable is controlled by the FTDI FT232R IC. This FT232R device contains an EEPROM
which contains the USB configuration descriptors for that device. When the cable is plugged into a PC or a
USB reset is performed, the PC will read these descriptors. The default values stored into the internal
EEPROM are defined in Table 0.1
Parameter
Value
Notes
USB Vendor ID (VID)
0403h
FTDI default VID (hex)
USB Product UD (PID)
6001h
FTDI default PID (hex)
Serial Number Enabled?
Yes
Serial Number
See Note
A unique serial number is generated and programmed into
the EEPROM during device final test.
Pull down I/O Pins in USB
Suspend
Disabled
Enabling this option will make the device pull down on the
UART interface lines when the power is shut off (PWREN#
is high).
Manufacturer Name
FTDI
Product Description
See note
USB-RS232-WE
Max Bus Power Current
90mA
Power Source
Bus Powered
Device Type
FT232R
USB Version
0200
Returns USB 2.0 device description to the host.
Note: The device is a USB 2.0 Full Speed device (12Mb/s)
as opposed to a USB 2.0 High Speed device (480Mb/s).
Remote Wake Up
Disabled
High Current I/Os
Enabled
Enables the high drive level on the UART and CBUS I/O
pins.
Load VCP Driver
Enabled
Makes the device load the VCP driver interface for the
device.
Invert TXD
Disabled
Signal on this pin becomes TXD# if enable.
Invert RXD
Disabled
Signal on this pin becomes RXD# if enable.
Invert RTS#
Disabled
Signal on this pin becomes RTS if enable.
Invert CTS#
Disabled
Signal on this pin becomes CTS if enable.
Table 0.1 Default Internal EEPROM Configuration
The internal EEPROM in the cable can be re-programmed over USB using the utility program MPROG.
MPROG can be downloaded from the www.ftdichip.com. Version 2.8a or later is required for the FT232R
chip. Users who do not have their own USB Vendor ID but who would like to use a unique Product ID in
their design can apply to FTDI for a free block of unique PIDs. Contact FTDI support for this service.
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Appendix B - List of Figures and Tables
List of Figures
Figure 1.1 Using the USB-RS232 Cable ......................................................................................................... 1
Figure 5.1 USB-RS232-WE Connections ....................................................................................................... 7
Figure 5.2 USB-RS232-WE Mechanical Details (dimensions in mm) ......................................................... 7
Figure 6.1 Circuit Schematic of PCB Used in the USB to RS232 Serial Converter Cable ...................... 10
List of Tables
Table 1.1 USB-RS232 Cables Descriptions and Part Numbers................................................................... 2
Table 5.1 USB-RS232-WE Cable Signal Descriptions .................................................................................. 8
Table 5.2 USB-RS232-WE I/O Operating Parameters ................................................................................... 8
Table 5.3 USB-RS232-WE I/O Pin Characteristics ........................................................................................ 9
Table 5.4 USB-RS232-WE ESD Tolerance ..................................................................................................... 9
Table 0.1 Default Internal EEPROM Configuration ..................................................................................... 12
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Appendix C - Revision History
Version Draft First Draft Aug 2008
Version 1.0 First Release September 12th 2008
Version 1.1 Update to Taiwan address October 1st 2008
Version 1.2 Update to UK and TW address February 11th 2009
Changed front sheet picture.
Added additional part numbers
Version 1.3 Changed TT to BT (Transparent to Black cable) December 18st 2009

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