UART PC Interface

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by Col, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Col

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    Apr 19, 2012
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    Hi,
    I'm developing a PIC24 controlled base station to provide an RF communication and relay of sensor data. In my application the device will connect directly into a serial network.

    In the debug stage I would like to examine measured data, and receive program updates via the UART. I see that RS232 transceivers are usually used to provide level shifts and other processing before PC interface. I don't have this kind of transceiver on my board, I only have a jumper to take my TX, RX, VDD (2.5V), and GND.

    Is it really so that I need this tranciever device on my board? Is there a converter I can take and plug and play (jump my wires and connect to DB9 connector? Or do I need to take an IC and put something together?
    Thanks
     
  2. Col

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  3. t06afre

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    Yes such a cable will do the job. Just rember one thing. You can get those cables in 3.3 or 5 volt versions. Remember to select the correct voltage for your system
     
  4. ErnieM

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    You need some sort of conversion. Google "RS232 level shifter" and you will get many good choices.

    Sparkfun sells one such board. It is a little pricey for my tastes but should be good for a debug environment. You can also just copy their posted schematic and build your own (today).
     
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