Ok so this was crazy. I spent 3 hours putting together this usb to serial converter, based on this design: http://www.recursion.jp/avrcdc/cdc-232.html . It is based on an attiny45. It worked first time. But what a mess. Max baud rate is 4800 for this part, but it will do the job. You will see the application in the next post
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Update: buddy at recursion messed up the serial interrupt edge in the code when using ttl levels. Here is the patch:
Chucks-Mac:tiny45 chuck$ diff uart.h.bad uart.h
> #ifdef UART_INVERT
> #define UART_INTR_CFG_SET (_BV(ISC01)|_BV(ISC00)) /* int on rising edge */