Embedded USB. Do I have to get my own product and vendor ID?

Started by Mark November 9, 2008
I'm thinking of implementing an USB port for a commercial embedded product.

Do I have to get my own product and vendor ID (it costs $2000 to get it)?

I'm thinking of using a PIC24F MCU with integrated USB.

I'm going to use the USB as a virtual COM port.

Is there a generic product and vendor ID that is free to use for this 
purpose?

"Mark" <Bbob@bbob.com> wrote in message 
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> I'm thinking of implementing an USB port for a commercial embedded > product. > > Do I have to get my own product and vendor ID (it costs $2000 to get it)? > > I'm thinking of using a PIC24F MCU with integrated USB. > > I'm going to use the USB as a virtual COM port. > > Is there a generic product and vendor ID that is free to use for this > purpose?
I think (?) Microchip sub-license PIDs (Product ID) on their own VID (Vendor ID). Probably a much cheaper option than buying your own VID. -- Regards, Richard. + http://www.FreeRTOS.org & http://www.FreeRTOS.org/shop 17 official architecture ports, more than 6000 downloads per month. + http://www.SafeRTOS.com Certified by T&#2013265948;V as meeting the requirements for safety related systems.
On Sun, 9 Nov 2008 18:54:23 +0100, "Mark" <Bbob@bbob.com> wrote:

>I'm thinking of implementing an USB port for a commercial embedded product. > >Do I have to get my own product and vendor ID (it costs $2000 to get it)? > >I'm thinking of using a PIC24F MCU with integrated USB. > >I'm going to use the USB as a virtual COM port. > >Is there a generic product and vendor ID that is free to use for this >purpose?
Why not use an FT232R for the USB <-> 232 glue? It's cheap, has drivers for Windows, MAC, and Linux, and frees you to use pretty much any uC. -- Rich Webb Norfolk, VA
Thank you. I found this at microchip:

Microchip does have a sublicensing program for its VID. Please visit 
www.microchip.com/usb under Support and Training  for more information about 
how to obtain a PID with Microchip's VID.

:-)

Mark wrote:
>I'm thinking of implementing an USB port for a commercial embedded product. >Do I have to get my own product and vendor ID (it costs $2000 to get it)?
http://groups.google.com/group/comp.arch.embedded/browse_frm/thread/cef90dc1870ae119/f9b37b653387847e?q=vinculum+*-make-one-up+buy-*-*-PIDs-from-this-guy-*+zz-zz+*-official-way+cheaper.alternative+pay.the.USB.folks.a.lot.of.money+*-*-for-limited-distribution+*-*-vendor-and-product-IDs http://groups.google.com/group/comp.arch.embedded/browse_frm/thread/c195ce1fad9807e4/333644631ad6955a?q=ID.licenceing.system+obdev.at+voti.nl+zz-zz+qq+ezprototypes.com+buy-*-USB-Vendor-ID+mecanique.co.uk http://groups.google.com/group/comp.arch.embedded/search?group=comp.arch.embedded&q=insubject:USB+insubject:ID&qt_g=Search+this+group