Programming interface circuitry

The ESP-12E operates on a voltage between 3.0 and 3.5 Volts. The devices that I want this programmer to service could have operational voltages as low at 1.8 Volts and as high as 5 Volts.  Some routers operate on 12 Volts but their programming logic is probably in the 1.8 to 5.5 V range.

I searched for “level shifters” on the web and found a nice option from NXP.  The 74LVC2T45 is a dual supply, two bit Bi-directional buffer.  Maximum propagation delay is 10.1 nS  which would be compatible with JTAG speeds up to about 50 Mbps.  This would allow me to configure the I/O direction of each pair of bits at the connector.

Except for high voltage programming enable pins, These chips should be able to handle all the voltages for programming devices.  I will still have to design the programming enable voltage pins separately.

I am adding this new IC into the custom library and I will place several on the schematic.Interface Circuitry

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