TonyD wrote:FDTI have a USB chip designed for interfacing to Android tablets so it could make interfacing to cheap Android tablets easier.
I was wondering what would be special about a chip that FTDI would be making something application specific, like the FT311D
you mentioned. Based on this white paper
It sounds like the FT311D is actually a USB host, which doesn't require special drivers on the android side. Seems like a great idea for peripheral aimed at consumers.
It sounds like the main advantage of the FTDI chip is that it doesn't require rooting of the android device - I wonder how useful something like that would be for most developers. I imagine most DIY projects would probably prefer a virtual serial port instead of dealing with the Open Accessory Mode. It seems like the (like the IOIO
(which looks to be pretty much just a PIC24), or any other USB based micro or FTDI bridge would be useful for this.