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Is there a non-smd ftdi ic on the market?

I want to build an arduino using non-smd components, but would like to build it using usb.

If not, is there a board with only the FTDI as smd, and the rest as normal componentes?

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FTDI chips are all SMT, so no luck there, but you do have some options.

If you want to roll your own circuit board, look at the FTDI chip-in-a-cable that the RBB uses.  I like the looks of it, but haven't managed to acquire one yet.

Sparkfun and others make a breakout board that has the SMT part on a little board with through-holes.  The lilypad arduino variant uses something like this.

If you happen to be seriously into rocketry, you may have one lying around: the MiniAlt family of altimeters use an FTDI breakout board as a computer interface.

NKC electronics has a kit with the SMT parts already soldered.

NKC and Fundamental Logic both offer RS232 variants that you can use with a standard USB/RS232 adapter (of course, you'll have to apply power to the board when going that route).

There are probably other solutions; these are what I can think of off the top of my head.

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There is another member of the forum, spiffed I think, who sells a Freeduino on eBay that has the SMD part soldered, the rest you can solder and it fits onto proto-board.

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There is another member of the forum, spiffed I think, who sells a Freeduino on eBay that has the SMD part soldered, the rest you can solder and it fits onto proto-board

FWIW, I bought an iDuino from spiffed with the SMD FTDI chip soldered and the rest as a kit.  I found it to be an excellent product and spiffed is a wonderful person to deal with.
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