The Vinco Ethernet RTC MP3 shield is designed to connect directly to the FTDI Vinco development PCB. The shield will allow the Vinculum-II (VNC2) device on the Vinco PCB to access an Ethernet port which uses the Wiznet W5100 chipset, audio files using the VLSI VS1053b CODEC and access a Real Time Clock using the NXP PCF32123 device.
Additional functions on the PCB include LED indications for the Ethernet status e.g. received data, transmitted data, full duplex mode and collision detection.
The Ethernet function allows the VNC2 to bridge USB, UART, SPI, PWM data to a network, while the RTC may be used for time stamping files stored on USB memory sticks accessed with the Vinco baseboard. The audio codec may be used to decode MP3 audio files for playback on the 3.5mm headphone socket.
These 3 functions are accessed via the VNC2 SPI Master mode and libraries to support the function are available for free with the VNC2 Toolchain.