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FT4232H setup

The USB-to-multiserial chip FTDI FT4232H used on the CM3-Home board needs an initial setup to configure two of the four serial ports provided in RS485 mode instead of RS232 mode. This configuration is written on external EPROM. This tutorial illustrates how to program this EEPROM.

CM3-HOME board

To write the FT4232H serial EEPROM is required an utility included in the libftdi library starting from its version 1.4 or higher.

These are the steps to follow to install this utility starting from a fresh Raspbian distribution:

Compile libftdi library from the sources

Install the required packages:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libconfuse-dev libboost-dev libusb-1.0.0-dev swig cmake

Download the latest sources version of libftdi library:

tar -xvjf libftdi1-1.4.tar.bz2
cd libftdi1-1.4

Launch the source building by typing the follow commands:

mkdir build                                                                                                  
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX="/usr" ../                                                                      
sudo make install  

At this point we have the utility ftdi_eeprom compiled and ready to be used to write the serial EEPROM with the configuration file we need.

Create a text file called cm3home.conf with this contents:

# CM3-HOME EEPROM configuration for FT4232H

vendor_id=0x0403    # Vendor ID
product_id=0x6011   # Product ID

max_power=0     # Max. power consumption: value * 2 mA. Use 0 if self_powered = true.

# Strings
manufacturer="Acme Systems srl"     # Manufacturer
product="CM3-Home board"            # Product
serial="1234"                       # Serial

# Options 
self_powered=true           # Turn this off for bus powered
remote_wakeup=false         # Turn this on for remote wakeup feature
use_serial=true             # Use the serial number string

# Normally out don't have to change one of these flags
in_is_isochronous=false     # In Endpoint is Isochronous
out_is_isochronous=false    # Out Endpoint is Isochronous
suspend_pull_downs=false    # Enable suspend pull downs for lower power
change_usb_version=false    # Change USB Version
usb_version=0x0200          # Only used when change_usb_version is enabled




# Filename, leave empty to skip file writing

Use this file to create a binary image to transfer to the EEPROM by typing:

sudo ftdi_eeprom --build-eeprom cm3home.conf

FTDI eeprom generator v0.17
(c) Intra2net AG and the libftdi developers <>
FTDI read eeprom: 0
EEPROM size: -1
Used eeprom space: 238 bytes
Writing to file: cm3home.bin
FTDI close: 0

The output file generated is cm3home.bin.

Delete the previous EEPROM contents with this command:

sudo ftdi_eeprom --erase-eeprom cm3home.conf

Then write the new contents:

sudo ftdi_eeprom --flash-eeprom cm3home.conf

If everything has gone well should be possible to see the following messages generated by the Kernel after the FT4232H reset.



[ 1381.461766] usb 1-1.5: new high-speed USB device number 5 using dwc_otg
[ 1381.596326] usb 1-1.5: New USB device found, idVendor=0403, idProduct=6011
[ 1381.596333] usb 1-1.5: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 1381.596337] usb 1-1.5: Product: CM3-Home board
[ 1381.596341] usb 1-1.5: Manufacturer: Acme Systems srl
[ 1381.596345] usb 1-1.5: SerialNumber: 1234
[ 1381.598522] ftdi_sio 1-1.5:1.0: FTDI USB Serial Device converter detected
[ 1381.598648] usb 1-1.5: Detected FT4232H
[ 1381.598968] usb 1-1.5: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB0
[ 1381.600792] ftdi_sio 1-1.5:1.1: FTDI USB Serial Device converter detected
[ 1381.600871] usb 1-1.5: Detected FT4232H
[ 1381.601133] usb 1-1.5: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB1
[ 1381.607429] ftdi_sio 1-1.5:1.2: FTDI USB Serial Device converter detected
[ 1381.607534] usb 1-1.5: Detected FT4232H
[ 1381.607853] usb 1-1.5: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB2
[ 1381.609659] ftdi_sio 1-1.5:1.3: FTDI USB Serial Device converter detected
[ 1381.609733] usb 1-1.5: Detected FT4232H
[ 1381.609981] usb 1-1.5: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB3

It is possible to check the strings saved inside the EEPROM also by typing:

cat /sys/bus/usb/devices/*/manufacturer
cat /sys/bus/usb/devices/*/product
cat /sys/bus/usb/devices/*/serial   




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