Re: Demise of the COM port?
From: Al Clark (dsp_at_danvillesignal.com)
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 17:47:29 GMT
Grant Edwards <email@example.com> wrote in news:405b1dc6$0$175$a1866201
> On 2004-03-19, Meindert Sprang <mhsprang@NOcustomSPAMware.nl> wrote:
>> "Max" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>> RS-232 ports were dropped from the PC specification in 2000 (and they
>>> started disappearing from Macs before that). Essentially, they're
>> Nonsense. ALL industrial PCs are still equiped with com ports. Because
>> whole bunch of rock-solid industrial protocols run on RS-232.
> In addition to USB and Ethernet attached serial ports, there
> are still plenty of PCI serial boards available. Who in their
> right mind would by a slotless PC as an embedded systems
> development host?
> Sheesh, you can by a 2GHz machine with half a gigabyte of RAM a
> quarter terabyte of disk space and a graphics board that does
> 3D shading in hardware for a grand total of $1000! And people
> are whinging because they've got to spend $20 for a serial
> Kids these days.... ;)
Actually, the most annoying problem I have is with the newer notebook
computers. I like to use notebooks in test cells because they take up a
lot less space on the bench. This is a great use for older notebooks
that are fairly useless for anything else. I also travel with dev tools
some of the time.
I use an USB to serial cable I bought from Saelig that uses an FTDI chip.
We use the FTDI chips in many of our products so this is convenient from
a device driver point of view.
As I said before, I think the upcoming problem will be with the Parallel
Port since these are most always bit banged when used as programmer
interfaces. Oh well.....
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