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Professional Windows® Embedded Compact 7 by Thierry Joubert, David Jones, Samuel Phung

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Chapter 44

FTDI Devices

WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Using FTDI USB to Serial devices
  • Creating VCP and D2XX driver Catalog components
  • Exploring FTDI system integration and modules
  • Introducing the CEComponentWiz Wizard
  • Developing a stream driver as a driver wrapper
  • Using serial port access

Future Technology Devices International (FTDI) manufactures USB to serial integrated circuits (ICs) that can be integrated into a board design to give it USB to Serial capabilities. This chapter covers the integration of FTDI ICs with a board design. It also covers the use of some third-party modules that use the FTDI devices to give a system extra functionality such as GPIO, relays, and RFID. The FTDI driver is used as an example of how to integrate a binary driver into an image and for how to wrapper a driver to provide high-level functionality. Managed and native code access to a serial port is introduced. A wizard for creating components for Compact 7 that adds content to an image is introduced and used in integrating the FTDI driver as a Catalog component.

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