Welcome to FTDI - specialists in converting
peripherals to Universal Serial Bus (USB). We offer the
easiest route to USB migration by combining USB-Serial (USB-RS232) and
USB-FIFO silicon solutions with our ready-to-goroyalty free USB drivers. FTDI's "total" solutions offer reduced development and debug costs and a
fast time to market.
New to FTDI Chip in 2013
Introducing EVE, the Easy-to-Use Graphic Controller for Wide-Ranging Display Applications
FTDI Chip has taken its first steps into another vital application sector, addressing the need for ever more advanced forms of human-machine interaction; with the technology release of the FT800, the initial offering in its Embedded Video Engine (EVE) series.
EVE, Embedded Video Engine, dramatically reduces overall system cost while enabling high quality GUI systems that incorporate display, audio, & touch functionality. Redefine the cost/quality paradigm with the FT800’s intelligent display technology. See how easy display development can be with EVE, the Embedded Video Engine from FTDI Chip. View more.
News - 16th May 2013
FTDI Chip Strengthens its Position in the Japanese Market through Arrow’s Chip One Stop Operations
FTDI Chip has expanded its distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics, Inc. in order to gain greater supply chain traction in Japan. Chip One Stop, acquired by Arrow in 2011, is a leading on-line distributor of electronics components in Japan. With close to 140,000 registered users, the company's e-commerce facilities allow design engineers and purchasers in the region to access FTDI Chip’s complete portfolio of USB interface products, including FTDI Chip’s upcoming EVE graphic controller series.
MikroElektronika support EVE with the release of affordable development tools
We are thrilled to announce the release of two MikroElektronika boards, 'ConnectEVE' and 'EVE Click' as support for FTDI Chip's cutting-edge FT800 display controller IC.
ConnectEVE brings fast and visually stunning graphics even to 8-bit MCUs with little Flash and RAM, and EVE Click is a display controller board in mikroBUS form factor. Both affordable development tools support the revolutionary FT800 display controller IC, FTDI Chip’s first addition to the Embedded Video Engine (EVE) series, offering integrated display, audio and touch onto a low cost, easy-to-use, single-chip solution.
Following on from the success of the FT311D Android Open Accessories host device, FTDI Chip are delighted to announce the addition of the FT312D to their Android Support. The FT312D is a dedicated Android Open Accessory USB host to UART bridge with enhanced buffering and performance.
The device is available in 32 pin LQFP and QFN packages with support for extended temperature ranges of -40°C to 85°C.
We are pleased to announce the availability of two new application modules which utilise FTDI Chip’s Vinculum-II, a 16 bit uC with support for USB host and peripheral functionality.
The VDrive3 supports quick and easy integration of a USB host port into a product via UART or SPI interfaces. Providing an attractive solution to enable products with the capability to read USB memory sticks / thumb drives.
The VMusic3 module provides all the functionality of the VDrive3, but also includes VLSI Solution’s VS1053b compressed audio codec to provide the audio play back feature.
General product information including detailed datasheets and driver support documentation can be found by visiting our Application Modules page.
News - 20th February 2013
FTDI Chip Release Windows 8 Certified Driver
FTDI Chip are pleased to announce the release of certified Windows 8 compatible drivers. FTDI Chip’s CDM drivers provide both D2XX and VCP functionality through a single driver package on PCs running the latest Windows 8 and earlier operating systems. View additional Drivers compatible with FTDI Chip devices here.
News - 19th February 2013
FTDI Chip Introduces New Smaller USB to UART Bridge IC
FTDI has strengthened its portfolio of X- Chip Series devices by adding the FT234XD - a 12 pin DFN USB to UART integrated circuit. The DFN package is 3mm x 3mm with RXD, TXD RTS and CTS signalling.
General product information and availability is available in the press release with detailed datasheets, programming guide, and development support documentation found in the X-Chip section of the website.
News - 7th February 2013
Announcing Java D2XX Android Driver Availability
The Java D2XX driver supporting USB host class library model is available free of charge from FTDI Chip (download full press release in English or in Chinese). The driver supports FTDI’s full complement of USB bridge, slave chips including R Chips(232R/245R), H- Series (USB2.0 Hi-Speed), and the X-Chip Series for Android v3.2 or later series. This library requires no special root access privileges, and can be easily adapted into applications by developers. The API is packaged in d2xx.jar and is distributed with demo application source code see technical note TN_147, which is available for download.
This driver continues FTDI’s commitment to Android support, including;
FT311D Full Speed Host Bridge Chip targeted at Android Open Accessory Mode.
Java JNI D2XX driver targeting Android OS predating v3.2 (see technical note, TN_134)
VCP (Virtual Com Port) driver (see technical note, TN_132).
Come and visit us in hall 4A, stand 322 to meet our experts, learn about our latest products and watch live demonstrations. We look forward to seeing you there
News - 13th November 2012
FTDI Chip Introduces New Hi-Speed, 480 Mbps, USB Host Controller
FTDI has strengthened its portfolio of USB semiconductor solutions, with the release of the FT313H Hi-Speed, host controller chip. The FT313H specifications make it easy to implement into existing systems and bring USB connectivity to your products, no matter what market segment; industrial, networking, medical, or consumer. When you need to read a thumb drive, or add a high speed data-link for a module sub-system, or enable a wireless dongle port, it requires a USB host function. So check out the FT313H and see how FTDI Chip facilitates USB MADE EASY for a USB2.0 Hi-Speed Host function.
General product information and availability is available in the press release with detailed datasheets, programming guide, and development support documentation found in the Products / ICs section of the website
News - 31st October 2012
FTDI Chip Release UM232H-B USB Hi-Speed Development Module
We are pleased to announce the arrival of the UM232H-B, a new compact development module for the FT232H Hi-Speed
to serial/parallel interface converter. The UM232H-B is a breakout board that converts USB2.0 Hi-Speed to a serial/parallel interface and
connects the signals to a 2.00mm pitch 18pin female receptacle. This single channel interface IC can be configured to transfer
data over the following interfaces UART, FIFO, FT1248, I2C, SPI and GPIO.
To allow designers to quickly get up to speed and prototype their software and hardware, FTDI offer a range of USB Hi-Speed Development Modules for single, dual, and quad channels, enabling a single USB link to support single or multiple system data paths. For a complete USB 2.0 Hi-Speed design solution, visit our USB In The Fast Lane page which summarises FTDI’s Hi-Speed solution capabilities.
FTDI Introduces New USB Controller Series, Optimising Designers' Implementation Choices – FT12
Today, FTDI is announcing the FT12 series of high performance USB controller IC’s. Operating at 12 Mbits/s and designed to the USB 2.0 specification, the new controllers support direct memory access (DMA) operation, while providing system interfaces for 8-bit parallel bus and SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) Slave. The FT12 series is configurable as a standard device class, and as such there is no need to add USB drivers.
Composed of three members, and inspired by the industry standard D12, the FT12 series offers unique features, like battery charging detection, numerous interface options and optimised device footprints - allowing the designer to choose the best-fit chip.
General product information and availability is available in the press release with detailed datasheets found in the Products / ICs section of the website
News - 31st July 2012
FTDI Release FT311D Android Host
Need an easy, fast USB connection from your end system to an Android platform?
HERE IT IS!!!!
FTDI are proud to announce the release of the FT311D USB host dedicated to accessing Android Open Accessory Mode on Android platforms. This IC will enable designers to bridge an interface on their peripheral hardware to Android tablet or smart-phone platform over USB.
Launch material covers the FT311D silicon chips, development modules, and sample applications.
Today, FTDI is announcing two products that connect to the Raspberry Pi (RPi) development system. The first, TTL-232R-RPi, is a USB-to-TTL Serial UART debug cable that enables a PC to connect the RPi header for improved debug capability. The second product, RPI-Serial Hub Module, is designed to connect to an RPi unit and expand the number of interfaces that can be accessed downstream from a host.
Only recently released, Raspberry Pi is a simple, low cost computer board aimed at inspiring youngsters to learn the fundamental principles of programming. Running the Linux operating system, with a compact format that is the size of a credit card, it utilises a 700 MHz ARM-based processor and has 256 MByte SDRAM memory. Raspberry Pi plugs into your TV and a keyboard, and becomes a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spread- sheets, word-processing and games.
News - 18th June 2012
FTDI Release ‘XE 0.6” wide development modules for the FT-X series of devices
Adding to the already extensive range of support modules for the FT-X series of devices, FTDI are pleased to announce the introduction of 0.6” wide development modules for the FT201X, FT221X, FT231X and FT240X IC’s, complimenting the 0.3” wide ‘XA range.
These modules provide a mini B connector to interface with the USB port and DIP pins provide access to all other device signals which may be routed out onto breadboard designs.
Have you heard of the D12 USB chip? This device became an industry standard over the last 12-15 years for implementing Full-Speed, USB connectivity. So much so that it was included in many USB books, articles and tutorials, and designers around the world created software support for numerous applications.
Today, FTDI Chip is announcing for availability and sampling the FT120 device, which is a device inspired by the D12. The FT120 is a pin for pin, register consistent device, that can be easily incorporated into existing design. Further designers can be assured that it will be technically supported with a long life resulting in a highly reliable chip with great continuity of supply. So if you are interested in continuing development and production with this classic design, check out the migration application note and datasheet for FTDI’s, FT120 device.
News - 16th May 2012
FTDI and Arrow Electronics Announce World-Wide Distribution Partnership
This partnership extends the level of access and support for FTDI products to a new level, as commented by Fred Dart, Founder and CEO. “Arrow brings best-in-class engineering and support infrastructure, successful execution and global reach to the connectivity needs of the USB interface market. Arrow’s strength in design demand support, global supply chain and value-added services will be appreciated by existing and new FTDI Chip users. With the recent launch of our new X-Chip series of USB bridge interface chips, our teams can now engage the market to deliver the X-treme value proposition of these devices.”
FTDI is pleased to announce the release of version 2.0.0 of the Vinculum II (VNC2) development toolchain.
The main changes in this release are to the VinIDE development environment, including a new code editor component. Improvements have been made to the debugging interface, including better flash programming and debugging performance. The information provided in the watch windows has been improved to show addresses of variables as well as values stored. This version also introduces a build tool called VinBuild.exe which will compile VNC2 project files. There are incremental improvements and bug fixes to the other toolchain components and firmware libraries.