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Foca is a compact USB to serial adapter equipped with BEE (20pin 2.0mm) sockets. With FT232 IC, It can be used for programming or communicating with MCU applications.

FTDI FT232RL USB Breakout Board - Foca

Model: IM120525005

Regular Price: $8.90

Special Price $6.80

Availability: In stock

Foca is a compact USB to serial adapter equipped with BEE (20pin 2.0mm) sockets. With integrated FT232 IC, It can be used for programming or communicating with MCU applications. On the other hand, you may connect your PC to various wireless applications via the BEE compatible modules.
 

Product Description

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Overview

Foca is a compact USB to serial adapter equipped with BEE (20pin 2.0mm) sockets. With integrated FT232 IC, It can be used for programming or communicating with MCU applications. On the other hand, you may connect your PC to various wireless applications via the BEE compatible modules.

The FTDI FT232RL is a USB to serial UART interface with optional clock generator output. It's the essential tools for establishing communication between PC and MCU. The best tool for board interfacing with a basic Arduino without it's own USB interface like Sniffer Nano, Colorduino, etc. * Xbee module not included

Features

  • Reset button for BEE modules
  • 3.3V and 5V dual power output
  • 3.3V and 5V IO compatible
  • USB 2.0 protocol
  • BitBang mode ready
  • 100% brand new
  • Chipset FT232RL
  • USB power has over current protection, using 500MA self-restore fuse
  • RXD/TXD transceiver communication indicator
  • Pin definition: DTR,RXD,TX,VCC,CTS,GND
  • Pitch:2.54mm
  • Module size:36mm(length)*17.5mm(width)
  • Interface: Mini USB

Documents

Please visit our wiki page for more info about this product. It will be appreciated if you can help us improve the documents by correcting the errors, adding more demo codes or tutorials.

Technical support

For technical support, please open a ticket on Itead Support System.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Discontinued No
Link Wiki No
EWeLink Support N/A
Module Type Adaptor
Weight 10 g
Model IM120525005
Board Size 4.7 x 2.6 x 0.87cm
Version 2.2
Operation Level
  • Digital 3.3V
  • Digital 5V

Reviews

Customer Reviews

Why the resistor? Review by Patrik
Used this in one of my projects and had a hard time finding out what went wrong. For some reason the power dropped when running at 5 volt when an ESP03 with a relay board was connected. Found out that there is a resistor, R1, in the power line between the USB's Vcc and the Foca's Vccio. Why? (Posted on 8/31/2015)
Nice, but... (V2.2) Review by Pete
I'm new to XBee's, but am getting there. Yup, the newest V2.2 FOCA has room for improvments.
(1) Move the 3.3/5 volt switch further back... Had to clip height to use PRO module...
(2) Consider adding 0.1 bread board header holes to match XBee pin outs, for breakout dual use...
(3) This FOCA does NOT work with Series 2 XBEE Pro S2B modules. This was a real head scratcher. Had to buy another brand USB FTDI board, and 2 other Series 1 XBee Pro modules to swap test before XTCU would even recognize there was an XBee there.
(4) As I am trying to use PC & UBS FOCA to control small home brew robot, hoping the Itead MBoard works with the Series 2 XBee's...!...? We'll find out.
(Posted on 8/30/2014)
Excellent product Review by mb
Hi,

This is excellent product. One suggestion, could you please move the switch away from the IC because some XBee boards can't get into the socket because the switch is blocking.

Since it is now backorder, it is the best time to get it repositioned. (Posted on 5/7/2013)
Foca 2.2V Troubles Review by rida
Just yestarday i got my Itead Foca 2.2V Package/Packing are ok.

After playing around with some soft anf GBoard i discover that there is no data received on PC Com port.

RX Led on Foca board is blinking that means there is communication established .

May i know if there is specific driver to use, or any point to check to solve this issue.

Regards. (Posted on 4/13/2013)
review 2.0 Review by Brad Hunting
This review is for the Foca v2.0, not the newer Foca v2.1. v2.1 adds a reset button to the Xbee interface.

So far I am pleased with the v2.0. It works with Windows 7 x64. I use it for Arduino programming and it works as it should. The pin out is the same as the iTead Colorduino so it plugs in and immediately goes to work, no additional cables required.

I have not tried the Xbee or AVR ICSP interface so this review and rating does not apply to the Xbee or ICSP interfaces. When I try those interfaces I will update the review.

As an Arduino programmer the price to functionality is the best I can find anywhere. (Posted on 9/4/2012)
great board Review by Reza Mazlom
This is indeed a great board, I have got two of them and I use them also as a AVR writer as well! As you can see the board has made ready with a AVR 6 pin ISP header.
Here at this web page, you will see how to use the FT232 chip as a AVR writer(Bitbang) and all the software that you need for the job.
geocities.jp/arduino_diecimila/bootloader/index_en.html (Posted on 9/4/2012)
Nice board Review by Mituro
It's small and cheap, cost-effective ! If you can change the ICSP header next version, it will be more perfect (Posted on 6/21/2012)

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