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USB NMC-2.5m
USB to USB Null Modem Cable
Datasheet
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Version 1.00
Issue Date: 2008-07-16
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1 Description
The USB to USB Null Modem Cable is a modern replacement for the traditional serial null modem cable. The
traditional null modem cable was used to connect two PCs via their RS232 serial ports, but fewer modern
PCs continue to implement the RS232 serial port. The RS232 port has almost entirely been replaced by the
USB port.
However there is still a need to transfer files between PCs that are not networked.
The FTDI USB Null Modem Cable (NMC) solves this problem and allows a user to connect two PCs using
their USB ports. The user can then perform file transfers between the PCs via the USB interface.
The NMC cable contains a small internal electronic circuit board encapsulated into the USB connector at
both ends of the cable. The electronics is based on the FTDI FT232R USB to Serial UART IC and handles
all the USB signalling and protocols. The FT232R datasheet, DS_FT232R, is available at
http://www.ftdichip.com
The NMC cable is a USB powered, USB 2.0 full speed compatible, 2.5m cable which supports data transfer
rate up to 3 Mbaud at TTL levels. The NMC cable supports the FTDIChip-ID™, with each cable end
programmed with a unique USB serial number. This can be used to create security or password protected
file transfer between PCs. Further information and examples on this feature are available at
http://www.ftdichip.com under FTDIChip-ID Projects.
The cable requires USB drivers, available free from http://www.ftdichip.com, which are used to make the
FT232R within the cable ends appear as a virtual COM port (VCP). This then allows the user to
communicate with the USB interface via a standard PC serial emulation port (TTY). Another FTDI USB
driver, the D2XX driver, can also be used with application software to directly access the FT232R though a
DLL. This is illustrated in the Figure 1.1:
Figure 1.1 USB to USB Null Modem Cable Example
The NMC maximum operating current is 20mA (per USB connector), with a very small USB suspend current
(70µA).
The cable is fully FCC and CE compliant and operates over an extended temperature range.
TTY
USB USB
TTY
USB_USB_NMC
USB
Virtual COM Port
Software application access to USB via D2XX
USB
USB_USB_NMC
TTY TTY
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Table of Contents
1
Description ............................................................................................. 1
2
Typical Applications .............................................................................. 3
2.1 Driver Support ..................................................................................................... 3
2.2 Features ............................................................................................................... 3
3
Contact Information............................................................................... 4
Appendix A - FT232R EEPROM Configuration ............................................................ 5
Appendix B - Revision History ...................................................................................... 6
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2 Typical Applications
PC to PC networking using USB port.
File transfer between PCs.
Password protected file transfer between PCs.
2.1 Driver Support
Royalty free VIRTUAL COM PORT
(VCP) DRIVERS for...
Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, Server 2003, XP
and Server 2008
Windows XP and XP 64-bit
Windows Vista and Vista 64-bit
Windows XP Embedded
Windows CE 4.2, 5.0 and 6.0
Mac OS 8/9, OS-X
Linux 2.4 and greater
Royalty free D2XX Direct Drivers
(USB Drivers + DLL S/W Interface)
Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, Server 2003, XP
and Server 2008
Windows XP and XP 64-bit
Windows Vista and Vista 64-bit
Windows XP Embedded
Windows CE 4.2, 5.0 and 6.0
Linux 2.4 and greater
The drivers listed above are all available to download for free from www.ftdichip.com. Various 3rd Party
Drivers are also available for various other operating systems - see www.ftdichip.com for details.
2.2 Features
The USB NMC has the following features:
USB powered – no external power supply
needed.
Based on back to back FTDI FT232RQ devices.
Entire USB protocol handled by USB connector
encapsulated electronics.
USB Type A connector on both ends of cable.
Data transfer rates from 300 baud to 3 Mbaud at
TTL levels.
Lower Operating (20mA) and USB suspend
mode current (70µA).
Improved EMI Performance - FCC and CE
compliant.
Supports FT232R FTDIChip-ID™, with each
cable end programmed with a unique USB serial
number.
Support for USB suspend and resume.
UHCI / OHCI / EHCI host controller compatible.
USB 2.0 Full Speed compatible.
Custom versions also available (subject to
MOQ).
-40°C to +85° C operating temperature range.
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3 Contact Information
Head Office – Glasgow, UK
Future Technology Devices International Limited
373 Scotland Street
Glasgow G5 8QB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 141 429 2777
Fax: +44 (0) 141 429 2758
E-mail (Sales) sales1@ftdichip.com
E-mail (Support) support1@ftdichip.com
E-mail (General Enquiries) admin1@ftdichip.com
Web Site URL http://www.ftdichip.com
Web Shop URL http://www.ftdichip.com
Branch Office – Taipei, Taiwan
Future Technology Devices International Limited (Taiwan)
4F, No 18-3, Sec. 6 Mincyuan East Road
Neihu District
Taipei 114
Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel: +886 (0) 2 8791 3570
Fax: +886 (0) 2 8791 3576
E-mail (Sales) tw.sales1@ftdichip.com
E-mail (Support) tw.support1@ftdichip.com
E-mail (General Enquiries) tw.admin1@ftdichip.com
Web Site URL http://www.ftdichip.com
Branch Office – Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
Future Technology Devices International Limited (USA)
7235 NW Evergreen Parkway, Suite 600
Hillsboro, OR 97123-5803
USA
Tel: +1 (503) 547 0988
Fax: +1 (503) 547 0987
E-Mail (Sales) us.sales@ftdichip.com
E-Mail (Support) us.admin@ftdichip.com
Web Site URL http://www.ftdichip.com
Distributor and Sales Representatives
Please visit the Sales Network page of the FTDI Web site for the contact details of our distributor(s) and
sales representative(s) in your country.
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Appendix A - FT232R EEPROM Configuration
Each end of the NMC cable is controlled by the FTDI FT232R IC. This FT232R device contains an EEPROM
which contains the USB configuration descriptors for that device. When the cable is plugged into a PC or a
USB reset is performed, the PC will read these descriptors. The default values stored into the internal
EEPROM are defined in Error! Reference source not found..
Parameter Value Notes
USB Vendor ID (VID) 0403h FTDI default VID (hex)
USB Product UD (PID) 6001h FTDI default PID (hex)
Serial Number Enabled? Yes
Serial Number See Note A unique serial number is generated and programmed into the
EEPROM during device final test.
Pull down I/O Pins in USB Suspend Disabled Enabling this option will make the device pull down on the UART
interface lines when the power is shut off (PWREN# is high).
Manufacturer Name FTDI
Product Description USB Null Modem Cable
Max Bus Power Current 90mA
Power Source Bus Powered
Device Type FT232R
USB Version 0200
Returns USB 2.0 device description to the host.
Note: The device is be a USB 2.0 Full Speed device (12Mb/s) as
opposed to a USB 2.0 High Speed device (480Mb/s).
Remote Wake Up Disabled Taking RI# low will wake up the USB host controller from suspend.
High Current I/Os Disabled Enables the high drive level on the UART and CBUS I/O pins.
Load VCP Driver Disabled Makes the device load the VCP driver interface for the device.
Invert TXD Disabled Signal on this pin becomes TXD# if enable.
Invert RXD Disabled Signal on this pin becomes RXD# if enable.
Invert RTS# Disabled Signal on this pin becomes RTS if enable.
Invert CTS# Disabled Signal on this pin becomes CTS if enable.
Table 3.1 Default Internal EEPROM Configuration
The internal EEPROM in the FT232R can be re-programmed over USB using the utility program MPROG.
MPROG can be downloaded from the www.ftdichip.com. Version 2.8a or later is required for the FT232R
chip. Users who do not have their own USB Vendor ID but who would like to use a unique Product ID in their
design can apply to FTDI for a free block of unique PIDs. Contact FTDI support for this service.
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Appendix B - Revision History
Version 1.00 Full datasheet released July 2008

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