USB to Serial Cables

Our USB to serial bridge cables provide seamless communication between serial devices and Windows, Mac, Android and Linux platforms over their USB ports.

Overview

Our USB to serial bridge cables provide seamless communication between serial devices and Windows, Mac, Android and Linux platforms over their USB ports. Built round the Prolific PL2303HXD chipset, these cables support all the features of that chipset. Furthermore, as the first company to develop USB to serial bridge chips over 15 years ago, you can be confident that Prolific’s drivers and development tools will make it easy and painless for you to equip your serial device to support the popular hardware platforms and OS’s. As an OEM or VAR you can be confident that the cables you bundle or recommend will match the high quality and performance of your own product.

Currently 10 connector configurations are available. More are being added and custom lengths and connector configurations can be tailored to your device.

Features

- Fully compliant with USB Specification v2.0
- UHCI/OHCI (USB1.1), EHCI (USB 2.0), xHCI (USB 3.0) Host Controller Compatible
- Supports USB to RS232 Serial UART interface
- Extensive Flow Control Mechanisms
- Powered from USB port. No power adapter needed.
- CE/FCC approved.

Applications

Connect many types of serial devices to your PC, Mac, Linux or Android devices. Some examples:

Healthcare — blood glucose monitor, acupuncture point detector, ECG monitor, medical STB
Commercial — POS hardware, fleet monitoring hardware, ATM
Industrial — Digital measuring devices, industrial controls hardware, data loggers & sensors
Electronic Appliances — Set-top box, home gateway, home automation controller

Drivers

Windows

Windows XP (32 & 64-bit)
- Windows XP Certified WHQL Driver
- Compatible with Windows 2000SP4 & Server2003

Windows Vista/7/8/8.1, 10 (32 & 64-bit)
- Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 Certified WHQL Driver
- Compatible with Windows Server2008/Server2008R2/Server2012

Mac

Our Mac OS X Universal Binary Driver v.1.6.0 or later (PKG file format) supports:
- Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan (64-bit)
- Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite (64-bit)
- Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks (64-bit)
- Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (64-bit)
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (32-bit & 64-bit kernel)
- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (32-bit & 64-bit kernel)

Our Mac OS X Universal Binary Driver v1.2.1r2 (DMG file format) supports:
- Mac OS 10.1 and above for PowerPC based Macs
- Mac OS X 10.4.x & 10.5.x for PowerPC and Intel based Macs

Win CE

PL-2303 WinCE 4.2-5.2 Driver for ARM/xScale Processor Standard SDK
- Also for Windows Mobile 6, Windows Mobile 5, PocketPC 2003

PL-2303 WinCE 4.2-5.2 Driver for x86 Processor Standard SDK
- Also for Windows Mobile 6, Windows Mobile 5, PocketPC 2003

WinCE 6.0 standard driver is only available by special request on case by case basis. An SDK image file would also need to be provided.

Linux

PL-2303 Linux Driver for RedHat 7.3/8.0/9.0 Only

- Linux Kernel 2.4.31 and above already  includes built-in drivers for PL2303

Android Support

Prolific provided the first Android USB Host API and driver solution for USB to serial bridge chips. This SDK allows developers to use the PL2303 Android Java Driver Library to develop Android apps to communicate between the Android USB port and a variety of serial devices. Our USB Micro-B to DB-9 cable completes that package, allowing you to connect and communicate with your serial device, without any other converters or adapters.

Purchasing

Please note that we market our cables to OEM’s and VAR’s only. We do not sell to end users or into retail at this time.