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[aprssig] Compatible GPS for waypoint upload?

Jason Winningham jdw at eng.uah.edu
Tue Jun 12 21:03:43 UTC 2007


> Time to start adding FTDI chips to APRS projects perhaps ?

I assume Andrew is referring to the FT232 series, which as Scott  
points out won't buy you anything here.

There is a new device from FTDI named the Vinculum that's a USB host  
on a chip.  The firmware available to date is limited; applications  
include copying files from one USB mass storage device to another,  
providing a serial interface to use a mass storage device as a  
datalogger, and a few others.

I doubt makingNMEA/rs232 firmware for the Vinculum USB-only GPS units  
would ever be commercially viable, though (otherwise rs232/NMEA  
wouldn't be disappearing from the GPS units in the first place).

-Jason
kg4wsv






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