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  News Archive

The FTDI news archive pages keep track of some historical news items that have been moved from the home page. 

 

  News - 1st December 2005

New Product Announcement - FT232R USB UART and FT245R USB FIFO

FTDI are proud to announce the release of the latest generation of USB UART and USB FIFO IC devices, the FT232R (USB UART) and FT245R (USB FIFO).

The FT232R is a highly integrated device which includes onboard EEPROM, master clock generator, 3.3V LDO regulator, reset generator and USB termination resistors.  Only two external decoupling capacitors are required for a minimal configuration.  In addition to the full set of modem control signals, the device features five IO pins which can be configured in EEPROM to have several functions including providing a output clock which can be used to drive an external MCU or FPGA.  Each device has a unique number (the FTDIChip-IDô) burnt into it at manufacturing time which cannot be altered by the end user.  Through an encryption scheme, this feature can be used by product designers to protect their application software from being copied. 

The FT232R and FT245R are available in green Pb-free (RoHS compliant) compact 28-Lead SSOP and QFN-32 packages as standard.
The FT232R features a wide range of royalty-free FTDI developed drivers for 32 and 64 bit operating systems including Windows, CE, Linux and Mac OS.   For more details, click here.
 

 

Press releases, articles and web links related to the FT232R and FT245R can be found here.

 

 

  News - 3rd October 2005

SPI DLL Now Available

A DLL has been made available to aid with interfacing the multi-protocol synchronous serial engine (MPSSE) of the FT2232C device to SPI devices.  The DLL and example code can be downloaded for free from our FTCSPI page in the MPSSE examples section.  Please note that the FT2232C can only act as an SPI master, not an SPI slave device.

 

 

FTDI Devices Now Available From Farnell

FTDI's FT232BL, FT245BL and FT2232L products are now available to purchase through Farnell's web site.
 
Farnell's part numbers for our devices are:
  • FT232BL - 9519769

  • FT245BL - 9519785

  • FT2232L - 9519793

Our devices can be viewed on the Farnell web site by clicking here.

 

 

  News - 15th September 2005

Mac OS X Driver 2.0.1 Available

A new Mac OS X driver has been released.  This new VCP driver has the following features:

 

  • Fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

  • No re-enumeration script required

  • Improved stability for surprise removal

  • Supports remote wake-up

  • Supports FTDI's C, BM and AM series devices

 

To download the new driver, please visit our Drivers page.

 

 

Windows XP x64 Beta Drivers Available

We can now provide both D2XX and VCP drivers compatible with Windows 64-bit operating systems.  The driver can be compiled for AMD64 or IA64 processors.  To obtain a copy of the driver for evaluation, please contact FTDI Support stating which driver you would like and the processor it should be compiled for.

 

 

Lawicel CAN-USB Kit Released

Lawicel have developed a low cost USB-CAN adaptor using the FT245BM device.  The CANUSB kit can provide CAN bit rates of up to 1M bit/second and comes with a DLL which allows simplified software development.  To learn more about the CANUSB kit, please visit our 3rd Party Kits page.

 

 

  News - 30th June 2005

Mac OS X Driver 1.1.0 Available

A new version of our Mac OS X driver has been released.  The new version provides support for our BM series and FT2232C devices in a single driver and has several enhancements to deal with disconnects better.  To download the new driver, please visit our Drivers page.

 

 

  News - 27th June 2005

FTDI Opens New Taiwan Branch Office

FTDI is pleased to announce the opening of a new branch office in Taiwan.  Contact details for the new office can be found on our Contact page.

 

 

  News - 2nd June 2005

Windows CE Drivers Now Available for Download

Our D2XX and VCP drivers for Windows CE are now available for download from our Drivers page.  If you require the drivers compiled for a processor other than those listed, please contact FTDI support stating the target processor you require.  An installation guide for Windows CE has also been added to the Installation Guides page.

 

 

Toragi Article on FT2232C

The May edition of Japanese magazine Toragi (http://www.cqpub.co.jp/toragi/) contains an article on how to use the FT2232C's Multi Protocol Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE) to program an Altera FPGA over USB. The MPSSE is used to synthesise the JTAG protocol to load the FPGA with a raw binary file (RBF) generated using Altera's Quartus software. The article is not available on-line.

 

 

  News - 17th May 2005

LabVIEW D2XX Archive Available

A function archive has been made available that interfaces LabVIEW 7.0 and later to many of the most common functions in the FTD2XX DLL.  This archive can be downloaded by visiting the LabVIEW page in our Projects section.

 

 

  News - 3rd May 2005

FTCJTAG DLL Extensions

To provide performance improvement for many USB-JTAG applications, five new functions have been added to the FTCJTAG DLL.  These new functions allow many commands to be added to a buffer before sending them to the FT2232C and then execute them in sequence.  This can allow more efficient transfer of data over USB and lead to faster data transfer times.

 

The extended FTCJTAG DLL and accompanying programmer's guide are available to download from the FTCJTAG page in the Projects section.

 

 

  News - 22nd April 2005

I2C DLL for FT2232C Published

Following the popularity of the FTCJTAG DLL, a new DLL has been created to allow easy interfacing of the FT2232C to I2C devices using the MPSSE.  As with the FTCJTAG DLL, the FTCI2C DLL hides all of the MPSSE specific commands and is available for free download from the FTCI2C page of the MPSSE section in the Projects area of the site.  A programmer's guide for the new DLL is also available from the Programming Guides page of the Documents section and has also been included in the FTDI Knowledgebase.  Please note that the latest version of the FTCD2XX drivers (1.1.1) must be installed for the FTCI2C DLL to function.  These can be obtained from the FT2232C page of the Drivers section.

 

 

  News - 19th April 2005

DLP-RF2PROTO, DLP-RF2SENS and DLP-RF2RELAY Available

The new DLP-RF2PROTO, DLP-RF2SENS and DLP-RF2RELAY modules for use with the DLP-RF2 wireless networking module are now available.  To learn more about these modules, please visit our Wireless Modules page.  In addition, the DLP-RF1 and DLP-RF2 modules have been granted modular approval which means that designs meeting a few basic requirements need not undergo additional regulatory agency (FCC, Industry Canada) transmitter testing.

 

 

USB-ATMEGA Evaluation Board

Fox4You have developed a USB-ATMEGA 128  microcontroller module using the FT2232C.  Additional information on this product and several others can be found on our 3rd Party Evaluation Kits page.

 

 

Morph-IC Word Generator Project Available

Our thanks to Colin Attenborough of Cambridge Consultants for his contribution of a word generator project for the Morph-IC module.  The project includes a Quartus archive, Verilog source code and Visual Basic 6 application source code.  To learn more and download the word generator project, please visit the Contributions page of the Morph-IC web site.

 

 

  News - 24th March 2005

JTAG DLL for FT2232C Published

A new DLL has been created to allow easy interfacing of the FT2232C to JTAG devices using the MPSSE.  The FTCJTAG DLL hides all of the MPSSE specific commands and is available for free download from the FTCJTAG page of the MPSSE section in the Projects area of the site.  A programmer's guide for the new DLL is also available from the Programming Guides page of the Documents section and has also been included in the FTDI Knowledgebase.  Please note that the latest version of the FTCD2XX drivers (1.1.1) must be installed for the FTCJTAG DLL to function.  These can be obtained from the FT2232C page of the Drivers section.

 

 

  News - 9th March 2005

FTDI Chip Shop Now On-Line

The new FTDI web shop is now on-line.  Customers can use their credit cards to buy small quantities of devices directly from FTDI.  To visit the web shop, click here.

 

 

Morph-IC Project Available

A frequency meter project for the Morph-IC, developed by FTDI, has been posted on the contributions page of the Morph-IC web site.  The project includes full VHDL code, an Altera Quartus archive and a Delphi application with source code.  For details and a zipped download, click here.

 

 

DLP-RF1 and DLP-RF2 Modules Available

The DLP-RF1 and DLP -RF2 IEEE 802.15.4 compliant, ZigBee ready transceiver modules are now available.  Additional modules (DLP-RF2PROTO, DLP-RF2SENS and DLP-RF2RELAY) will become available in the near future.  To learn more about the DLP range of wireless networking modules, click here or visit DLP Design.

 

 

  News - 1st March 2005

Embedded World

FTDI would like to thank everyone who visited them at the Embedded World show in Nurnberg between 22nd and 24th February.

 

 

Mac OS X VCP Driver for FT232BM and FT245BM Devices

The Mac OS X driver has been updated to include several new device IDs.  To obtain a copy of the updated driver, please visit our Drivers page.

 

 

  News - 16th February 2005

FT232BQ and FT245BQ Devices Released

A new packaging option is now available for the FT232BM and FT245BM devices.  The BQ devices are 5mm x 5mm lead free QFN-32 packages with the same functionality as the BM and BL series devices.  To find out more about our BM, BL and BQ devices, please visit our Products page.

 

 

Data Sheet Updates

To accommodate the new packaging options available, many of our product data sheets have been updated.  To view the latest data sheets, visit our Data Sheets page.

 

 

Application Note

A new application note containing tape and reel dimensions for FTDI devices has been published on the Application Notes page.

 

 

  News - 31st January 2005

Installation Guides

Several new installation documents are available in our Documents section.  Guides are now available for Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows 98.  These have also been incorporated into the FTDI Knowledgebase.

 

 

Application Note

A new application note called Advanced Driver Options is available to download from our Application Notes page.  The document comprehensively covers the advanced features available in FTDI drivers and is therefore intended for experts only.

 

 

Example Code

New Visual Basic .NET and Visual C++ .NET examples are now available from the Code Examples page in our Projects section.

 

 

  News - 11th January 2005

DLP Wireless Networking Modules

DLP Design are about to release a range of USB modules for wireless networking.  The DLP-RF1 and DLP-RF2 2.4GHz are IEEE 802.15.4 compliant, ZigBee ready transceivers.  These RF transceiver modules are designed to enable wireless networking within a home, office or factory environment by replacing the wiring typically found between a microcontroller/DSP/FPGA, etc. and host PC.

 

To find out more about the DLP-RF1 and DLP-RF2 modules, visit http://www.dlpdesign.com.

 

 

Java Wrapper

Pablo Bleyer has kindly made a Java wrapper for our D2XX driver available.  To learn more about JD2XX, please visit our Code Examples page or Pablo's own web page.

 

 

FT2232C VCP Driver for Mac OS X

A Mac OS X VCP driver for the FT2232C is now available for download from our Drivers page.  Installation instructions are available from our Installation Guides page in the Documents section.

 

 

   



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