As the chip package (SOP16) is quite easy to solder, I ordered some ICs from AliExpress and I designed a minimal demoboard, based on the reference schematics:
You can download Eagle files (both schematics and board) in my Github repository.
I used Seeedstudio’s FusionPCB service to manufacture the PCBs (if you want to learn how to use it for your PCBs you can follow my tutorial) and hare are some photos of the first prototype:
To verify if it works, you can connect the TX and RX pins with a jumper; if you open a serial terminal, you should see each character you type:
In the end, here’s the link to the WCH official website where you can download the drivers.