Many modern motherboards
are equipped with an infrared data interface compliant with the IrDA
standard, but this interface not very often used. However, it is not
difficult to build a data transmission module and connect it to the
corresponding header. As can readily be seen from the schematic diagram,
this doesn’t exactly involve a large array of ICs. This is because
transceiver ICs are available for the IrDA standard, so only a few
passive components have to be added to obtain an operational circuit.
The author has successfully built this circuit many times using the
TFDU5102 from Vishay Semiconductors (formerly Telefunken). If this IrDA
transceiver is no longer available (it has been officially
discontinued), the largely pin- and function-compatible TFDU6102 can be
used without any problems.
This IC is faster and meets the latest IrDA speciﬁcation. The
TFDU6102 low-power receiver IC supports IrDA at data rates up to 4
Mbit/s (FIR), HP-SIR, Sharp ASK, and carrier-based remote control modes up to 2 MHz. The IC contains a photodiode, an infrared emitter and CMOS
control logic. The IC also has internal protection against
electromagnetic immissions and emissions, so no external screening is
necessary. The IC works with a supply voltage of 2.7–5.5 V, so it is
suitable for use in desktop PCs, notebooks, palmtops, and PDAs.
It is also used in digital still and video cameras, printers, fax
machines, copiers, projectors, and many other types of equipment.
The author has designed a printed circuit board for the IrDA module
that is only 20 × 20 mm square. Of course, this means that all of the
components are SMD types. The TFDU6102 in the
‘babyface’ package is available in upright and ﬂat versions. Here the
upright version (suffix ‘TR3’) is used. Thanks to its small size, the
assembled circuit board can easily be placed behind a drive bay cover or
the like. It is connected to the motherboard by a ﬁve-way ﬂat cable.
The pin assignments for header X1 must match the mating connector on the
motherboard. After you have fitted the module, you may have to edit the
BIOS settings to activate the UART
for IrDA operation. These settings enable the (Windows) operating
system to boot the new device and automatically install it. You may have
to brieﬂy insert the Windows CD to modify the settings. There is an
abundance of free programs on the Internet that use the IrDA interface.
R1 = 7Ω5 (shape 1210)
R2 = 47 Ω (shape 1206)
R3 = 100 k (shape 1206)
C1 = 100nF (shape 1206)
C2 = 4µF7 (shape 1210)
IC1 = TFDU6102TR3 (Vishay) (Farnell)
X1 = 5-way SIL pinheader
Author: A. Bitzer
Copyright: Elektor Electronics