A USB-UART converter finally done right - the μArt is the first truly universal, safe, and reliable USB-to-UART adapter. You can use it almost anywhere you need to connect a UART to your computer’s USB port, irrespective of voltage levels, electric potentials, and communication speed, be it for data exchange, or for programming Arduinos or ESPs. All these use cases are now fulfilled by a single device that is only the size of two coins. At the same time, the μArt is robust and it tolerates common user mistakes without taking damage from or causing damage to other hardware. The μArt replaces a collection of dodgy converter boards with a single quality piece. Use it for work, in the field, or at home, the μArt will save time, money, hardware, and nerves. With the μArt, we created something that is perfect and appealing for both professionals and enthusiasts.
The μArt Feature List:
- Wide working voltage of 1.8 to 5.4 V, making it suitable for most projects, be it single-board computers, microcontrollers, FPGAs, or low-power electronics.
- RXD, TXD, DTR, RTS, and CTS. Usable not just for basic communication, but also for flashing various modules from Espressif and multiple Arduinos such as the Pro Mini, Fio, or Arduino Pro. Hardware handshaking allows for reliable high-speed UART.
- Up to 3 Mbaud transfer speed, the highest in the industry. As an example, this is enough bandwidth to stream uncompressed high-quality stereo audio.
- Complete galvanic isolation, even for mains-level and higher voltages. Electric currents cannot flow between your computer and the other board. This spells safety for you and your computer, while also helping to keep noise levels down.
- Reverse polarity protection. The converter will survive even if you mix up the power pins.
- Over-current protection on IO pins. Made a false IO connection by mistake? Don’t worry, the μArt and your other board are both safe.
- Pullups on all inputs, so that disconnected pins don’t cause funny things like garbage random input, a ruined terminal app, or corrupt application state.
- Judicious filtering. Each IC in the converter is decoupled using multiple capacitors, both locally and in bulk. The USB signals and power are filtered, and sensitive pins are protected with RC networks.
- Multi-level ESD protection for all external pins. ESD damage is tricky because things can seem to work for a while after an ESD event, and you don’t need visible sparks to have it.
- Voltage auto-sensing, meaning the converter will automatically use the correct voltage levels for UART communication. No more setting jumpers or “Which of these 5 converter boards was the one for 3V3?”.
- Cross-platform support, with readily available and mature drivers for Windows, Linux, MacOS, and more.
- Suitable for communicating with low-noise circuits, supported by the filters, the isolation, and careful layout.
- GPIO pins that you can control directly over USB, parallel to the UART lines. They can also be reconfigured in software for alternate functions (RS-485, remote wakeup).
- Four LEDs, each of different color to make them immediately distinguishable. One lights up if power is connected, two indicate RX/TX activity, while the last one is connected to a GPIO, giving you visual feedback about its state without special software on the host computer.
- Four-wall shrouded header gives protection from ESD by fingers and from shorts by dangling wires.
- Readable labels to minimize mistakes and annoyances.
- Custom-designed, professional, and ergonomic case, giving both mechanical and electrical protection, and a cool transparent-translucent look.
- Compact design, only the size of two euro-coins.