SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison - Console Block
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The Console Block is one of the simplest ways to power and communicate with an Intel Edison. Utilizing the FTDI 231X, this creates a USB to serial bridge that is level shifted to the proper 1.8V required by the Edison. The Console is found on UART2. This block is also capable of providing power to the Edison as well as other stacked Blocks.
If you are unfamiliar with Blocks, take a look at the General Guide to Sparkfun Blocks for Intel Edison.
Other tutorials that may help you on your Edison adventure include: