Finishing the design phase of a small job and the USB port is the last part to put together. I have been using some CH340G USB/TTL modules, and they work great if I load the driver manually, or wait 15 minutes for windows to find it online from goodness knows where. I have also used the FTDI with the same results, although Windows finds the drivers a little faster.
I am having a bit of a difficult time finding a vendor for the CH340G IC that is not selling beads, dresses and other items. While this design fro the moment is a 5 piece order, if the client likes the design enough it could/will mean more orders so I really cannot afford to screw this up.
The other issue is that the USB needs to work with both a MAC and a PC which gives the FTDI an edge as I have never tested a CH340G IC on a MAC so I have nothing to compare.
Essentially the USB needs to not require the end user to have to search for drivers and manually install if I can help it. I also though am looking at my bottom line and while the FTDI is not terribly expensive at $2.38 each, this number can add up.
Any recommendations on a vendor? Any experience with the CH340G and a MAC?
* Added the 'G' suffix for accuracy. Ross. *