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This page contains recent news relating to FTDI Chip and our products. 

EVE Screen Designer 3.x (ESD3.x) now available

The EVE Screen Designer (ESD) 3.x integrated development environment (IDE) further facilitates EVE-based human machine interface (HMI) construction. It presents a simple, highly intuitive package through which a wide range of exciting visual effects can be created and various items of graphical content edited, in order that enhanced user experiences are derived. Building on the previous generation, it has advanced code generation capabilities (with exported C-based source code being applicable to any hardware associated with Bridgetek’s FT90x MCUs), plus a greater scope of widgets that can be incorporated. As users rely predominantly on visual programming (though there is provision to use text for editing purposes), they do not need to have an in-depth understanding of EVE display lists.

Please click here for a press release on the ESD3.x, or click here for full information and to download the ESD 3.0 setup and installation file.


Last chance to enter our Annual Customer Survey/STRONG>

At FTDI Chip we are always striving to find ways we can improve our service and optimise customer satisfaction, and our survey has been designed in order for us to collect your thoughts and opinions to help build our future strategy and company activity. Your input into the survey would be greatly appreciated, and should only take around 3 minutes to complete. What's more, customer details from each completed entry will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will be awarded with a Samung Galaxy Tab A 9.7" tablet!  To complete the survey please click here.

This survey closes for entries on the 31st of January 2017.


CleO50 launched to extend range of smart TFT displays

We are pleased to announce the production launch of our CleO50 module, the 5" version in the series of smart TFT displays. In addition to the increased size, this module features a larger PCB which has allowed for the addition of 2x mikroBUS™ interfaces from MikroE, which provide access to a wider range of expansion cards (Click Boards) thus further extending the project potential with additional sensors and control boards beyond that already provided by Arduino shields. The device also benefits from an FT900 replacing the previous FT903, which allows further extension of interfaces available, and an FT812 replacing the previous FT810 to increase the level of colour support offered.

For more information or to buy, please click here, and click here for the product datasheet.

ME81x High-Resolution Graphics Controller Display Modules now available

The ME81x series featuring FT81x advanced graphics controller ICs has now been extended to include the ME812-WH50R and ME813-WH50C 5" display modules with resistive and capacitive touch respectively. These items of hardware are designed to assist engineering professionals as they strive to implement more sophisticated and functionality-rich human machine interfaces (HMIs) and ensure market differentiation.

For more information or to order from the ME81x series, please click here.


FTDI Chip at Electronica 2016

FTDI Chip and newly formed Bridgetek are proud to make a number of exciting announcements at the co-branded booth, #261 in hall A6 at the Electronica 2016 show in Munich. At the booth, customers can find out about FTDI Chip's latest superspeed solution, the FT602, featuring video support. From Bridgetek, the new high-resolution ME81x modules featuring the FT81x graphic controller ICs are now available to order in full production quantities. In addition, Bridgetek have announced a new series of USB to multi-interface bridging microcontrollers (MCUs) in the FT93x and a higher resolution, further enhanced CleO module featuring a 5" TFT display in the CleO50. In addition, visitors to our booth will experience the chance to meet the real-life CleO!

For press releases on all newly announced products, please click here. For more information or to order from the ME81x series, please click here. For further detail on the FT93x solution please click here, and for additional information about CleO50 click here.


FTDI Chip announces formation of new company, Bridgetek

In order to better serve the broadening range of markets it has developed products for, FTDI Chip has established a new distinct company, Bridgetek. Presenting the embedded engineering sector with a well-defined and targeted operation, Bridgetek will drive the further commercialisation of some of the game-changing technologies introduced by FTDI Chip in recent years. Its resources will be devoted to two particular product areas; the multi-award winning Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controller ICs which enable engineers to implement more sophisticated human machine interface (HMI) systems, plus the unique and equally innovative performance-optimised microcontroller units (MCUs) with their expansive array of different connectivity options and industry-leading processing speeds.

Please click here to read the full press release, and to visit the Bridgetek website, click here.


Visit FTDI Chip at Electronica 2016!

Visit us at this year's Electronica event held in Munich from the 8th-11th November 2016 - we can be found at Stand 261 in Hall A6. Here, you will be able to see what’s new in USB from FTDI Chip and how we can deliver innovative technology integration with SuperBridge MCUs and advanced graphics controller HMI solutions. Our well informed staff will be waiting to discuss your design needs as well as offering interactive product demos, daily competitions and much more.

If you are not attending the show this year, please sign up to our newsletter, and visit our website on 8th November 2016, for more information on the exciting news and new product announcements that we will be making at the show!


Complete our annual survey for your chance to win a Samsung Tablet!

Your opinion is extremely important to us, and we rely on customer feedback in order to continuously make improvements and ensure that we are addressing any issues. The responses we receive from our Annual Customer Survey are pivotal as part of this process. Plus, every entrant into the survey is entered into our prize draw, and one lucky winner will be awarded with a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7", 16GB Tablet, worth £199!

Please click here to complete the survey, and please feel free to leave any additional comments that you wish for us to address. If you do wish to speak directly to a member of our Customer Engineering Support team on a specific topic, please contact us at support1@ftdichip.com.


CleO, the smart TFT display for Arduino - now available!

FTDI Chip are delighted to announce that following the release of our first batch of CleO kits to our Indiegogo backers, we are now making the product fully available to all customers. The CleO35 module and full accessory suite including camera, speaker, reverse I/O (RIO) adapter, power adapter and Micro-SD card are now on sale via our distribution channels and on our web shop

Our CleO product page equips customers with additional detail on the products available, provides product datasheets and features key information on the projects and tutorials made possible using CleO. In addition, our dedicated technical support site for the series, CleOstuff.com, provides a full software release package with instructions on how to work with CleO, a getting started video, and an interactive user forum. Finally, the product press release is available here.


CleO user guide, software support and technical forum now available!

FTDI Chip are pleased to announce the first release of a number of support and software materials for our newly announced CleO module, including a dedicated technical support site. At CleOstuff.com, you can access all of the resources you will need to get started with CleO.  This includes software packages and a help manual which features a full suite of tutorials, projects and examples. Additionally, this is where we encourage CleO users to communicate on our forum and share ideas, progress and technical queries on the series - do so by registering here. We will be making regular updates to the site on the series: adding information about product launch dates, additional product releases, and further software support material as it becomes available.

Moreover, we have also made datasheets available for the module and the corresponding accessories. To access these datasheets please click here. Finally, the getting started video available here provides a useful quick start guide to the CleO35 module.

FT260 series further extended to include new IC and corresponding modules

 In order to continue providing engineers with comprehensive support when implementing USB into their embedded systems, we are pleased to announce a new IC and two new modules to the FT260 series of HID class USB to UART / I2C Master devices.The UMFTPD3A programmer module is designed specifically for use with the company’s development hardware and ICs containing either internal one-time programmable (OTP) memory or eFUSE logic (which are both used to store USB vendor ID, product ID product description data, etc.), namely the FT260 and FT4222H offerings, while the UMFT260EV1A module is a compact, easy to utilise development module for the FT260 series which will present engineers with a valuable resource for adding connectivity to human machine interfaces and other computing peripherals. Additionally, the FT260S extends the series offering to include a 28-pin TSSOP packaged version of the IC that will make it more convenient for pick-and-place procedures.

Please click here for more information on the FT260S IC, and click here for the modules. A press release is available here.


New Range of Compact Dual/Quad Channel Hi-Speed USB Interface ICs and Modules Available

To provide engineers with a greater breadth of IO options and also address demands to conserve board real estate, we are pleased to announce the release of our 56-pin VQFN USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ICs and corresponding modules. The smaller pin count means that the new ICs are easier to place and route on to PCBs, and are better suited to space-constrained electronic designs. This means the products are ideal for applications such as USB instrumentation, smart card readers, interfaces for portable electronic goods and much more.

For more information please click here for ICs or click here for modules. A press release is available here.

CleO crowdfunding project now complete

 Our CleO crowdfunding project on Indiegogo has now ended and we are delighted to announce it was a huge success.  Our original $7,000 target was quickly met and exceeded during the funding period, and funds continued to increase to an immense $22,783 - 325% over the target! We would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to our backers for their support, comments and suggestions on this great product.Now, the hard work really begins! The next step is for us to begin the pilot production run, working with our partners at MikroE to manufacture CleO modules and corresponding accessories in order to fulfill all contributor orders. Immediately following this we will manufacture the hardware for mass production, with a view to launching the series in June 2016. I

In the intermediate time, please click here to visit our CleO webpage where you can find detailed information about the hardware and the projects, tutorials and utilities which we are currently working on. Alternatively, please visit our Youtube channel,, where there are a number of insightful videos into the projects which we will be releasing alongside the modules.


CleO, the smart TFT display for Arduino

CleO brings to market a family of intelligent, simple to program TFT display boards through which engineers can develop imaginative, compelling human machine interfaces, regardless of their experience level. Using Arduino as a foundation, CleO is able to leverage FTDI Chip’s high speed bridging and display technology so that improved performance and greater functionality can be benefitted from. In addition, a number of accessories including cameras, speakers and power adaptors will be made available when the product is fully available in May 2016.

A press release is available here.


New FT260 Full speed HID class USB to UART/I2C master bridge chip available now

FTDI Chip is pleased to announce the launch of its first dedicated USB HID class device, the FT260. Leveraging the advantages of using a standard USB HID class driver which will be already installed in most OS (our other devices are Vendor Class), this device provides an ideal, fast to implement bridge between USB and either UART or I2C peripherals. The small 28 pin QFN package provides the perfect bridge to your sensor or human interface peripheral application. The I2C mode of operation will also support the HID over I2C protocol defined by Microsoft with Windows 8. The device is available now in a 28-pin QFN package. with further packages and development modules to follow.

For more Information or to purchase an IC please click here. A press release is available here.


New FT51A 8 bit MCU with integrated USB hub port

FTDI Chip is pleased to announce the launch of its FT51A series incorporating both ICs and corresponding development modules, now available in full production quantities. Based upon an industry standard 8051-compatible processor core the FT51A brings enhanced IO bridging to 8 bit MCU technology with integrated USB device and hub port capabilities ideal for cascading distributed computing tasks over USB. Other IO's include UART, SPI, I2C, ADC and PWM ideal for data acquisition and control applications supported with 16kBytes internal program flash and 8kbyte data RAM to store and run applications.

For more Information or to purchase an IC please click here, or click here for the development modules. A press release is available here.


Ultimate bridging solutions with the new FT90x 32-bit MCU Series

FTDI Chip is pleased to announce the launch of its FT90x series incorporating both ICs and corresponding development modules, now available in full production quantities. Based upon the new FT32 high performance, 32 bit RISC core, the FT90x provides a wide variety of connectivity and configurable bridging options including 10/100 Ethernet (PHY on chip), High Speed USB, camera interface, CAN, I2S and more, making it the ideal choice for high speed, advanced technology bridging solutions. By executing instructions from shadow RAM the FT90x can operate at true Zero Wait States (0WS) up to 100MHz with 310 DMIPS performance.

In addition to the range of ICs, a number of development modules are available: the MM900EV series which provide full hardware feature support for the FT90x processor in a variety of form factors, in addition to the UMFTPD2A debugger/programmer module providing a USB bridge between the FT90x Eclipse IDE development tools running on a PC and the FT90x 1-wire debug pin.

For more information or to purchase an IC please click here, or click here for the development modules. A press release is available here.


Introducing the FT81x - EVE, the next generation

FTDI Chip’s highly-regarded Embedded Video Engine (EVE) portfolio for advanced human machine interface (HMI) implementation has been further strengthened with the introduction of a new series of ICs and corresponding modules - the FT81x series. These new EVE devices support higher maximum screen resolutions than previously possible - increasing from the 512x512 pixels of the company’s FT80x series and offering up to 800x600 pixels, in order to address larger displays (7-inches and above) used in point-of-sales units, information kiosks, etc. 

Now fully available in production quantities, the FT810, FT811, FT812 and FT813 ICs provide increased pixel resolution for sharper imagery, increased speed for faster data transfer and image/video loading, and larger memory capacity. In addition, the VM81x series currently includes the VM810C, a credit card sized development module to assist developing and demonstrating the functionality of the FT810 IC. This module behaves as an SPI slave, requiring an SPI Master for proper micro-controller interfacing and system integration. Two variants are available: the VM810C50A-D which is equipped with a 5.0” 800x480 pixel TFT LCD display panel preinstalled and the VM810C50A-N which comes without the display.

For more information or to purchase an IC please click here, or click here for the development modules. A press release is available here.


FTDI Chip release full SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Product Set

FTDI Chip is pleased to announce the full production release and availability of its FT60x series, a sophisticated USB3.0 to FIFO bridge in a choice of low count pin packages. In addition, four corresponding development modules are now available. The FT600 and FT601 are FTDI Chip's first generation USB3.0 products that function as SuperSpeed USB3.0 to FIFO bridges, providing data bursting rates of up to 3.2Gbps. Designed with simplicity in mind, the chips are simple to connect and control, with no firmware development required - just "fit and forget". 

The UMFT60xx range of evaluation/development modules with either FMC(LPC)/HSMC connectors have been designed to interface with the FT60x. The series allows for bridging a FIFO bus to a USB3.0 host and evaluating the functionality of the FT60x. As a daughter card, the UMFT60xx must work with a FIFO master board which has either a FMC or HSMC connector. There are 4 models which provide different FIFO bus interfaces and data bit widths, and they are designed to plug in to most FPGA development platforms supplied by vendors such as Xilinx or Altera.

For more information or to purchase an IC please click here, or click here for the development modules. A press release is available here.

 



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