NEW PRODUCT: MCP2200 USB to Serial breakout board

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 in Prototypes, USB by Ian

The MCP2200 is a new USB to serial converter chip from Microchip. Our MCP2200 breakout board brings all the pins to bread board friendly headers.

  • USB CDC virtual serial port interface
  • Secondary HID configuration interface
  • Up to 8 additional IO
  • 256bytes user EEPROM
  • TX/RX indicator LEDs
  • All pins to bread-board friendly header
  • Open source (CC-0)

Read all about it on the MCP2200 wiki.

See our other Dangerous Breakout Boards.

Get the MCP2200 breakout for $15 at Seeed Studio.

Last week we released the first open source breakout board for the FT2232H, now we’re the first with a breakout for the new MCP2200. We’ve got more surprises coming too!

Are there any other breakouts you’d like to see?

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5 Responses to “NEW PRODUCT: MCP2200 USB to Serial breakout board”

  1. JanW says:

    Sorry for ranting around, but 15 $ is quite expensive compared to some available ft232-boards, and the MCP2200 itself seems to be inferior compared to the well-proven ft232.


    • Ian says:

      Hi Jan – Good point, I agree that the MCP2200 isn’t as versatile as the FT232. We made this board out of curiosity, because we had several requests for it, and nobody else was selling it.

      There are two things driving the price. First, we only do very small batches (25 in this order) of niche designs for our community, we’ll probably never reach the cost and profit margin of major producers on a design like this. Second, when I set the price I searched SparkFun and Adafruit for (all-pins) FT232 breakouts and set the price the same as the cheapest I could find. There may be cheaper boards, but this is the same price as our reference open source hardware outlets.

      Your point is taken though, and if we ever have the chance to produce 500 of these I’m sure the price will be lower.

    • Sjaak says:

      The first (ever) design is always more expensive then a design based on a chip that is around for ages.

      Adding: the MCP2200 has some (hidden) features to make it more versatiler :)

  2. JanW says:

    For a batch of 25 it’s a good price, indeed. Interesting to know.

  3. asdf says:

    During todays lectures I was dreaming of Dangerous Prototypes programmable high power LED driver (Version 1: maybe 1-3 LEDs in the range of 1W..10W). Could this be done? :)

    There are programmable LED drivers around, I don’t know if any of them are open source. I can search for more info if there is any interest.

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