SPI-USB Adapter Board

A lot of times I need to talk with some custom equipment throught the PC. Most of the time I prefer to use SPI interface on a hardware side, because it is so simple and does not consume a lot of space on digital devices like FPGAs to implement. On the PC side, for some small interface control I like to use USB.

FTDI makes different kinds of USB-to-SPI/I2C/UART like adapter ASICs. They are easy to use when you do not want to waste space on your for example FPGA with a USB protocol implementation.

Here is the picture of the adapter board. With this board I can achieve up to 30 Mbps SPI-USB transfer speed.

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For a PC-side interface I am using a C# Library from FTDI, examples can be downloaded here.

The schematics are shown below

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