New KiCAD OSHW PCB project – Getting rid of FTDI – BB-CH340T USB to Serial converter

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Many of you probably remember the FTDI nasty drivers they released just to mess up with the FTDI clones.
This caused lot of trouble to people who use FTDI devices, we have been also affected.
We try to buy FT232RL from local distributor and they had no stock, then we look around and found the chips from other supplier, but unfortunately we got clone FTDI chips.
We made production with these chips and sent boards to customers, then at one point of time we start to get complains (only from Windows users) that boards stop working.
All these windows users were affected by the evil drivers released by FTDI which make VID/PID as zero if the chip is recognized to be not FTDI original.

We try to help our customers who have been affected on our forum and got nasty message from FTDI lawers to remove all the help instructions from our forum and pull back all boards which use these clone FTDI chips from customers and distributors. WTF?

No wonder from this moment we took decision to avoid dealing with this cheeky and nasty company as much as possible. Re-designing all our boards which were unfortunate to use FTDI chips.

CH340T is nice alternative to FTDI chips and have same features and even more, but cost exactly 1/10th of FTDI chip price.

BB-CH340T is nice small board which takes power from USB and can provide 3.3V and 5V to target together with Serial Tx and Rx (transmit and receive) signals and GND.

Note that by default neither 3.3V neither 5V is selected.

BB-CH340T is specially made to be used easy with breadboard. The design is open source hardware made with KiCAD and files are on Github under Apache 2.0 licensee.

Friday Free Board Quiz Issue #48 prize is USB-Ethernet adapter

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USB-ETHERNET adapter allow you to connect your computer to Ethernet via USB port. It works with OLinuXino and should work with most PC computers too.

You have chance to win this board!

Today at 17.00 o’clock our local Bulgarian time (GMT+3) we will post on Twitter our questions.

You have one hour to reply to our tweet with the correct answer.

At 18.00 o’clock we will count the correct answers and ask random.org to generate random number in range then announce the winner and ship the board by airmail in Monday.

And there is more…

as there are many people in different time zones which could not participate in Friday quiz at 17.00 o’clock, today we will give away one more USB-Ethernet board without Quiz to random person who used the buttons below to re-tweet, share on Facebook or in G+ during the weekend, the winner will be pickup next Monday.

EasyCap – Low Cost USB Video Capture board drivers for A13-OLinuXino

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EasyCap is low cost video capture USB dongle based on stk1160 chipset which could be find at low cost from ebay. It allow 1 to 4 cameras to be connected and to implement DVR security survilance on your PC.

Kaloyan Yovchev sent us tested drivers which works with A13-OLinuXIno and kernel 3.0.42+ which we uploaded on GitHub https://github.com/OLIMEX/OLINUXINO/tree/master/SOFTWARE/A13/EASYCAP

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