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IrDA interface for your mainboard
source:
oliver tscherwitschke


 

many modern mainboards have an irda connector onboard, but the required transceiver is often missing. if you can't find the exactly fitting module for your mainboard, you can probably use a module from another mainboard if you connect it in the right way. just see the mainboard documentations (or search the web) and compare the pinouts. irda modules normally need 4 signals: gnd, +5v, rxd and txd.

or you can build your own irda module!
all you need is a irda transceiver and some resistors and capacitors. for my mainboard, an asus p/i-p55t2p4, i used a tfds4500 transceiver, available e.g. from
conrad electronic, best.nr. 18 13 31, DM 11.95
download the
datasheet for the tfds4500 which contains the appropriate schematic and more detailed information.

the following schematic and component values are from the datasheet:

Irda_sch 

on the left you see the schematic of the irda interface and on the right there is the pinout of the tfds4500 (top view).

 

component

value

C1

4.7 F, tantalum

C2

0.1 F, ceramic

R1

14 ohm, 0.25W

R2

47 ohm, 0.125W

jumper jp1 is used to choose the sensitivity of the ir receiver. high sensitivity gives a greater receiving range but also more noise which could result in lower transmission speed.

to be able to connect the irda module to your mainboard you have to know your mainboard's pinout of the irda connector. below you can find some pinouts from boards which are known to work with this irda module:

 

asus p/i-p55t2p4

 

biostar m6tlc
(submitted by j.j.a. van sikkelerus jr)

pin

signal

1 (near board edge)

+5V

2

fast rxd
(not needed)

3

rxd

4

gnd

5

txd

 

 

pin

signal

22

+5V

23

nc

24

rxd

25

gnd

26

txd

 

abit be-6
(submitted by biro andras)

 

soltek sl-75 kav und kav-x
(all signals on jumper 3)
(submitted by dirk wunderlich)

pin

signal

1

+5V

3

nc

5

rxd

7

gnd

9

txd

 

 

pin

signal

6

txd

7

gnd

8

rxd

9

nc

10

+5V

 

msi ms-6163 va and ms-6330
(submitted by wim westerweele and walter willaert)

 

gigabyte ga6bx7+
(submitted by ferenc gelegonya)

pin

signal

1

+5V

3

nc

5

rxd

7

gnd

9

txd

 

 

pin

signal

1

txd

2

gnd

3

rxd

4

nc

5

+5V

 

gigabyte ga-7ixe and ga-7zx
(submited by Choi, Taek-jin)

 

asus p3v4x
(submitted by mauro balaguer bres)

pin

signal

1

+5V

3

nc

5

rxd

7

gnd

9

txd

 

 

pin

signal

1

+5V

2

nc

3

rxd

4

gnd

5

txd

 

as you see, all boards use the same pin order! so if your board is not listed here, it could be the same. but before you plug the module into your board you should check this with a voltmeter (or better your manual).

if you found out the pinout from your board and it is not in the same order than the one listes, please e-mail it to me, so i can inlude it here.

i want to thank all the people, who sent me the pinout of their mainboard´s irda connector!

please notice that the tfds is a smd part, but with a little bit patience you can even solder it onto a prototype board, as you can see below.

Irda_top 

 

irda-brd-small 

but i also made a small single sided pcb layout. download (eagle 4.0 format and 300 dpi tiff included).

after connecting the module to your mainboard, you have to load irda drivers. i just took the standard irda driver found on the windows 98 cd which works perfectly for me.

if you have further questions or you successfully connected a self built irda module to your board please let me know.

 

related links:

 

who

where

what

asus

http://www.asus.com/
http://www.asuscom.de/

manufacturer of mainboards

kalle´s t2p4 page

http://www.jump.net/~lcs/kalle/

infos about the asus t2p4 mainboard

microsoft

http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/infrared/

infos about irda programming under windows

vishay

http://www.vishay.com/products/optoelectroni cs/IRDCproduct.html

manufacturer of irda transceivers

(c) oliver tscherwitschke 1999 - 2002  

 

 
 

 

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