IrDA interface for your mainboard
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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 µF, tantalum
c2 0.1 µF, 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

Title: IrDA interface for your mainboard
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Published on: 2005-02-03
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