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USB Design or USB Complete - which book to buy?

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 2:43 pm
by kinneplastics
USB Design by Example: A Practical Guide to Building I/O Devices (2nd Edition)<p>USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals<p>Anyone have these or used them? I am looking to learn how to build my own USB devices for my robot and need to learn how. Does anyone know of any better book than these?<p>Wayne

Re: USB Design or USB Complete - which book to buy?

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:05 pm
by dr_when
Is the USB Complete the one by Jan Axelson (sp?)? She is great and I have read an earlier edition of the book and I know someone who just got the latest. Her Parallel port books were great also.<p>Also check out FDTI and their simple/cheap USB solutions.<p>Bob

Re: USB Design or USB Complete - which book to buy?

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:12 pm
by kinneplastics
FDTI & simple/cheap USB solutions both come up with nothing on Google, got some more info?<p>Thanks
Wayne

Re: USB Design or USB Complete - which book to buy?

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:06 pm
by dr_when
Maybe it's FTDI... I'm a little dyslexic today!<p>Bob

Re: USB Design or USB Complete - which book to buy?

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:25 am
by kinneplastics
Thanks, I found them at FTDIchips.com. But found no book, sent them an email :) <p>Thanks much
Wayne

Re: USB Design or USB Complete - which book to buy?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 4:09 pm
by pboese
I can't help with the book source, but I will vouch that using the FTDI USB chips is really easy. As long as you are comfortable using a surface mount component. Either that or use the prebuilt modules in DIP format from a company like DLP Designs<p>I prefer through hole parts myself and I'm currently taking a close look at Microchip's PIC18F2450/2550/4455/4550 line of USB enabled devices. The only thing I don't like about these chips is that Microchip does not offer a hobbyist friendly USB-Serial codebase and drivers, other than some demo code that works only with Windows2000/XP. This product seems geared more for a company that's going to get their own USB VID/PID and roll the drivers for some proprietary device. It would be wonderful if Microchip would offer the code, OS drivers and dedicated VID/PID such that hobbyists/experimenters would have low cost and easy to use USB-Serial solution in DIP package.<p>Of course this is also an oppourtunity for some enterprising company to license some software IP and drivers too.<p>It could be an interesting opensource project! Perhaps some company with deep pockets would be willing to donate a VID/PID to such an project. Of course there would probably have to be some restrictions on use of the VID/PID such as for experimental/hobbyist use only and not as a way for a commercial entity to sidestep the "offical" path to USB nirvana. Use of the software itself with their own VID/PID would of course be allowed and even encouraged. Improvements to the codebase based on their USB compliance testing would benefit all.<p>But alas as I awake from my day dream... I think for hobbyists at least the FTDI products are the easiest way to get started with USB. They have drivers for Windows and Apple operating systems plus third party/opensource drivers for Linux and BSD*. <p>Regards<p>[ March 13, 2005: Message edited by: Axlen ]</p>

Re: USB Design or USB Complete - which book to buy?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 5:58 am
by Clyde Crashkop
Did you get the PICDEM FS USB Board? If so is there open source windows drivers with the kit? I ordered one but it’s backordered until 4/7/05.

Re: USB Design or USB Complete - which book to buy?

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:56 pm
by dunnd1
How are your experiments going?