Hi there! Have you ever needed a USB to RS232 converter to connect to your microcontroller for serial communications? If you have, you probably bought a USB to RS232 converter and then used an external MAX232/DS232 to convert the RS232 voltage levels to TTL levels. That requires a little money, and a little work too. However, there is a simple cable that converts USB to RS232 with LVTTL levels (fully compatible with TTL). Basically you just need to change the connector. The last one I made cost me only 1,85€ with shipping included! :D If you only buy an FTDI chip it will cost you almost the double! (yes, I know that FTDI chips are probably the best USB to RS232 converters but most users don't take require the full features and specifications of an FTDI chip).
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