USB FEMALE to PS/2 active converter that will work with any keyboard?

The keyboard I am looking at is the Topre Realforce 87U and wondering if there is any active usb to ps/2 converter/adpator that will work with it.
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When it comes to USB to PS/2 adapters, there are tiers.

At the bottom end, the cheapest thing you can find from Monoprice or Amazon will work with modern PS/2 keyboards. They take the signal from the keyboard, rewire it, pass it on otherwise unchanged.

Next up, active adapters that actually manipulate the signal, making sure that the voltages and amperages stay within spec. This is the kind you need for Model M keyboards, for example. Best place to get such an adapter that I know of is https://clickykeyboards.com/product-cat...onverters/

The Soarer's converter is the highest level. It's actually got a miniscule computer inside the adapter, and it takes the signals from the keyboard, decodes them, and outputs the proper signals to the USB port. It has an interface that will let you do key remapping and such inside the converter. You need an adapter like this for keyboards that fail to operate properly with either of the above, such as classic SGI Bigfoot keyboards. You can save 10% by ordering directly from the merchant via the geekhack forums (which is also the place to find documentation on the soarer's converter, and instructions for making a soarer's converter of your own from parts).
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Isn't Soarer's converter the other way though? (PS/2 -> USB, not vice versa).
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It seems I confused you all with the two examples I have deleted off of the post. Actually I am looking for a USB A FEMALE to PS/2 active converter for the Topre. Btw I have just changed the title after making this comment/reply. I cannot really seem to find it anywhere instead it's male usb to ps/2.
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