An USB device typically contains an intelligent controller that understands commands send from the host and prepares data from it's own hardware to be send to the host. So there is some kind of protocol that allows the communication between host and device.
The handling on the host side is done by a device specific driver. This may be a common driver for well known USB device types or a specific one provided by the device manufacturer.
If you want to connect USB devices to your Arduino, you must support the corresponding protocol. I don't have used an Arduino so far, but there should be examples for common devices like storages. For other devices you must write your own protocol implementation using the information provided by the device manufacturer or searching the web (Linux drivers are often a good start).
So you might not need information on hardware but on the protocol used by a specific device.
Jochen, thanks for the info. Found this link <a href="http://www.usbmadesimple.co.uk/ums_links.htm">http://www.usbmadesimple.co.uk/ums_links.htm</a>[<a href="http://www.usbmadesimple.co.uk/ums_links.htm" target="_blank" title="New Window">^</a>] Cheers Vaclav
Any chance somebody has a code for this display? I had it working using serial port on AVR (Uno) , but it needs some rebuild to make it work on ARM. Yes, I did check with the nice folks at Noritake and they don't have much for ARM. I'll tackle it myself, but I am not that comfortable coding on registers level.
I have been studying Electrical Engineering for many years, probably about 15 years and I was curious what circuit boards you all use when creating applications for communicating across serial ports, as such USB etc... I use Vero Boards; but what are my options for substitute alternatives? I know Vero boards are not the most common or popular, so what are? I am just seeking some suggestions.
When starting my career I learned to use Veroboards[^] and Perfboards[^] (those boards with single dots rather than strips). I and most of my colleagues preferred the Perfboards because Breadboards often require cutting the stripes which makes later changings more complicated than with Perfboards.
I still use Perfboards using a Wiring Pencil[^]. Because these where quite expensive 30 years ago, I made one myself for private projects at home using a drop action pencil housing with an attached spool from mother's sewing machine.
At work I'm also using Breadboards[^] for simple layouts and when testing different schematics. But final prototypes will be always wired on a Perfboards because the contacts of Breadboards wear out with time resulting in bad electrical connections.
Jochen, thanks for the info, as I've always used Vero boards (the ones with line strips), but Perfboards seem more adaptable to work with since you don't have to drill holes in the vero strips to cut off Electrons from running the full length of that strip. This was rather helpful, thank you.
I noticed this post is little stale / old , but here is my reply anyway. I just switched to Arduino Due processor which has "native " USB port. There are "canned" plug and play "application" for it - mouse , keyboard and two MSC "mass storage controller" - flash drive or any USB storage devices. The main "problem" - the Due being ARM processor has minimal software written for it by "Arduino gurus" - so you are pretty much on your own. One of the MSC is somewhat unfinished - it is missing the "access to real disk" part. There is nothing, just lots of "talk" on Arduino web site, about USB "serial" application if you are looking for just communicating to another device using USB. Vaclav
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