Alpha Micro offers ex-stock, production-ready split reels of FTDI FT232RL and FT232RQ USB to serial UART interfaces

Hampshire, (PresseBox) - Alpha Micro, independent specialist franchised distributor of components for Telematics and M2M, today announced that it is offering ex-stock delivery of production-ready part reels of FTDI FT232RL and FT232RQ USB UART ICs. Ideal for electronic design engineers working to extend the life of their legacy equipment, these useful ICs allow users to convert a serial port into a USB port and so link to modern everyday devices. Formerly only available in standard size reels of 2000 ICs and 6000 ICs respectively, the new part reels are available in 250, 500 and 1000 IC units.

Commenting on Alpha Micro's latest offering Maxine Hewitt, Director of Marketing, Alpha Micro, said: "Our new part reels have been welcomed by many of our suppliers keen to ensure that they buy only the stock they require. Vacuum packed at the point of reeling, our high quality components are protected from potentially damaging moisture."

The FT232R is a USB to serial UART interface with optional clock generator output, and FTDIChip-ID(TM) security dongle feature. In addition, asynchronous and synchronous bit bang interface modes are available. USB to serial designs using the FT232R have been further simplified by fully integrating the external EEPROM, clock circuit and USB resistors onto the device.

The FT232R adds two new functions not featured on its predecessors, effectively making it a "3-in-1" chip for some application areas. The internally generated clock (6MHz, 12MHz, 24MHz, and 48MHz) can be brought out of the device and used to drive a microcontroller or external logic. A unique number (the FTDIChip-ID(TM) ) is burnt into the device during manufacture and is readable over USB, thus forming the basis of a security dongle which can be used to protect customer application software from being copied.

The FT232 is available in compact Pb-free (RoHS compliant) 28-Lead SSOP (FT232RL) and QFN-32 (FT232RQ) packages.

Alpha Micro Components Ltd

Founded in 1995, Alpha Micro is a successful independent specialist franchised distributor of components for Telematics and M2M. It is one of the companies pioneering the concept of "design based" distribution, using its in-house software and hardware capabilities as a platform to sell its franchised components. Alpha Micro's design group offers a comprehensive technical support package ranging from application support, through to complete turnkey designs. The company services the Machine to Machine (M2M), Telematics, Medical, Energy Monitoring, Security and Automotive sectors with components from world leading manufacturers. The franchised line up include EnOcean, FTDI, GainSpan, Lantronix and u-blox.- Alpha Micro has built an enviable reputation for product knowledge, customer service and innovation. For further information please visit

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