Redpark Product Development ( has announced its Serial Cable Reference Design for OEM use with the iPhone and iPod touch. The cable has been approved by Apple as a reference design, says Redpark President Mike Ridenhour.

The serial cable makes it possible to connect an iPhone or iPod touch to serial devices such as medical or scientific instrumentation, point of sale devices, industrial process control equipment, networking devices, and building automation equipment. The cable enables the attached device to communicate with an application running on an Apple device.

The cable can be customized to meet the needs of a given application. The firmware, connector type, and cable length can be revised as required. To help customers accelerate development and time to market, Redpark provides the technology under license or will manufacture custom serial cables.

Redpark expects that the reference design will be suitable for use with the recently announced iPad. However, testing with an iPad hasn’t yet occurred.