Note that this series is now under EOL and is not recommended for new designs.
Based upon an industry standard 8051-compatible processor core, the FT51A brings enhanced IO bridging to 8 bit MCU technology with integrated USB device and hub port capabilities ideal for cascading distributed computing tasks over USB. Other IO’s include UART, SPI, I2C, ADC and PWM ideal for data acquistion and control applications supported with 16kBytes internal program flash and 8kByte data RAM to store and run applications.
In addition, Bridgetek provides a range of modules designed to assist with design and development with the series:
FTPD-1 Programmer/Debugger Module
The FTPD-1 programmer/debugger module provides the ideal bridge between the USB port of the PC and the 1-wire debug interface of the FT51A. This module facilitates linking your hardware with the Eclipse based FT51A design environment for loading code into the FT51A chip and for debugging code developed to run on the platform.
The module has a mini USB connector to interface to the PC side and a pin header interface for attaching a suitable interface cable to your FT51A board design.
There is an FTDI FT230X chip on the FTPD-1 module and the FT230X datasheet is available here. Please install the VCP and D2XX driver by the setup executable and it is available here.
The UMFT51AA development modules provide full hardware feature support for the FT51A MCU. In addition to the DIL pin headers for access to IO such as UART, SPI, I2C, ADC and PWM the modules also provide type A USB plug and socket connections to allow attaching USB peripherals or cascading boards in a distributed computing solution via the FT51A USB hub port.