Arduino USB to Serial Converter converts a USB connection into a 5V serial TX and RX that you can connect straight to the Arduino Mini, Arduino Ethernet or other microcontrollers, allowing them to talk to the computer. It features an Atmega8U2 programmed as a USB-to-serial converter, the same chip found on the Arduino Uno. The '8U2 firmware uses the standard USB COM drivers, and no external driver is needed. However, for use on Windows OS, an .inf file is required.
Arduino USB to Serial Converter has an onboard mini-USB connector and 5 pins including RX (for receiving data from the computer) and TX (for transmitting data). 5V, Ground and a Reset pin are also exposed. Status lights include power, RX and TX activity.
Arduino USB to Serial Converter can easily connect to the Arduino Ethernet, Arduino Mini, Arduino Mini Pro, LilyPad, LilyPad Simple and Arduino Fio. An onboard polyfuse limits the current to 500mA and protects the host computer from short circuits.
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