The Vinco platform allows designers to integrate powerful USB 2.0 interfacing by incorporating FTDI's Vinculum II VNC2-64 dual-channel host/slave controller with the capability of interfacing with the growing range of I/O application boards (shields) developed by the Arduino open-source community. The VNC2 combines a 16-bit, 48 MHz CPU core, 256 Kbytes of Flash memory, 16 Kbytes of SRAM memory, and provides support for external UART, FIFO, PWM, GPIO, and SPI Slave/Master interfaces.
The Vinco platform brings together all of the hardware and software needed for rapid development of innovative, cost-effective embedded systems.
As a further enhancement, the Vinco module integrates an 8-channel, 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). Vinco also supports 38 general-purpose input/output (GPIO) connections, and USB A and mini B (host and device) connectors on a board measuring just 55.38 mm x 68.58 mm. The onboard ADC simplifies connection to sensors, actuators and other analog devices and, in conjunction with the PWM interface on the VNC2, allows the Vinco to effectively control many analog systems. Existing I/O boards (shields) can connect to the Vinculum II VNC2 via the GPIO connections.
The Vinco programming language utilizes a subset of standard ANSII 'C' with FTDI supported, free of charge software development tools, libraries and reference designs.