FTDI USB-to-TTL (Serial) Cable 5V

Sparkfun ElectronicsSKU: RB-Spa-431
Manufacturer #: DEV-09718

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  • I/O pins configured to operate at 5V
  • Allows for a simple way to connect TTL interface devices to USB
  • Can be used to program your Arduino Pro, Pro Mini and Lilypad
  • Well protected against the elements
  • RoHS compliant

The FTDI USB-to-TTL (Serial) Cable 5V is a USB to Serial (TTL level) converter which allows for a simple way to connect TTL interface devices to USB. The I/O pins of this FTDI cable are configured to operate at 5V. The FTDI cable is designed around an FT232RQ, which is housed in a USB A connector. The other side of the cable is terminated with a 0.1" pitch, 6-pin connector with these pinout: RTS, RX, TX, 5V, CTS, GND (RTS is the green cable and GND is black).

FTDI USB-to-TTL (Serial) Cable 5V(Click to Enlarge)

This cable has the same pinout and functionality as Sparkfun's FTDI Basic Breakout board; you can use it to program your Arduino Pro, Pro Mini. For use with those boards, align the black and green wires of the FTDI cable with the 'BLK' and 'GRN' labels on the PCB. There are pros and cons to the FTDI Cable vs the FTDI Basic. The FTDI Basic has great LED indicators, but requires a miniB cable. The FTDI Cable is well protected against the elements, but is large and cannot be embedded into a project as easily. The FTDI Basic uses DTR to cause a hardware reset where the FTDI cable uses the RTS signal.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Works as advertised

Does what it says on the tin. If you need an "FTDI" controller, that is, to plug a serial device into a USB port and send/receive data to it, then this is the droid that you are looking for.

works as expected

The cable works to program and communicate with the board over USB. One thing to note is that there is a BLK indication on the board, showing which side the BLACK wire of the cable goes.

Works well, even when using multiples

I have several Arduino Pro Mini boards connected to a USB hub using this cable, and the hub to my laptop. Thus I can run several boards at the same time.

so cool

Very efficient cable. Highly recommended!

as advertised

I use this cable to interface with xBee boards, works well.

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