Embedded design package
11 July 2011
FTDI expedites embedded design projects with new addition to its Vinco offering.
USB solutions company Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI) has further strengthened its Arduino-inspired Vinco platform (first announced in November 2010) with the introduction of the VNCLO-START1 kit.
This new development environment based on the company’s Vinculum-II (VNC2) dual channel USB host/device controller effectively gives engineers everything they need for developing next generation embedded systems.
The VNCLO-START1 kit is made up of a Vinco motherboard and a VNC2 debug/programming module. An optional accessory pack that expands this development kit even further is the VNCLO-SHLD-1A prototyping board accompanied by a set of interconnect, optoelectronic and passive components with which engineers can create their own I/O application boards (or ‘shields’) in line with the highly popular open-source Arduino concept. The Vinco VNCLO-START1 kit is further supported by a set of free to download libraries that include USB Host/Device drivers and an easy to use software development tool chain (consisting of a ‘C’ compiler, assembler, and debugger) for generating firmware.
The Vinco motherboard integrates an 8-channel, 10-bit ADC, simplifying connection to sensors, actuators and other analogue devices. It supports 38 general-purpose input/output connections. The Vinculum-II controller chip at the heart of the board integrates a 16/32-bit (instruction/data) MCU core, 16kB of RAM and 256kB of flash memory, along with a range of interfaces (UART, SPI, GPIO, FIFO and PWM).
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