About a month back i had asked some questions regarding removing the ft232rl for custom board , to save cost for my ARP Project. I got quite a few responses and suggestions ...
Anyhow for those who are interested i have the first preview of the board , next version will be professionally fabricated ...
Some specs -
All DIP , Does not use Ft232rl
, Costs less than a single Ft232rl chip in India.
100% Arduino IDE/Shields compatible , Modified V-USB CDC Drivers for USB interface and modified Mega8 Bootloader. It should work with 168 and 328 just fine.
Cons - Reliable Serial till 38400bps only , though 115200 works with errors
If you have any questions do let me know . Ill release the associated firmware and files once i have my Site up , they are all scattered right now.
Any Ideas and suggestions are welcome.