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  Press Releases

This page contains press releases relating to FTDI Chip and our products.  For press inquiries please contact  marketing@ftdichip.com.

May 2019

Mouser Receives Distribution Accolade from FTDI Chip

22nd May 2019 – USB connectivity IC manufacturer FTDI Chip has bestowed this year’s global distribution award on Mouser Electronics for being the global distributor with the most significant sales revenue growth in 2018. As a longstanding and highly valued supply chain partner, Mouser has been successful in accentuating the effectiveness of FTDI Chip’s worldwide commercial operations - thereby complementing the company’s own direct sales network.

For press release click here. For photo click  here.



October 2017

FTDI Chip unveils Engineering Community to encourage worldwide customer engagement

We are continuously striving to facilitate our engineers with the tools to make design easy, and with this in mind we are pleased to announce the launch of our multifaceted online community, www.ftdicommunity.com.

Created with the intention of strengthening our existing array of technical support capabilities, this valuable new engineering resource aims to encourage ongoing interaction between members, which will in turn provide a valuable knowledge base via which the sharing of ideas and project information can be facilitated. Through such activities, it will become possible to expedite system developments using our broad portfolio of industry-leading USB related products.  

Please click here to view and join the forum, and click here for a press release providing full information.


June 2017

Bridgetek launches two new development modules

Bridgetek is pleased to announce the launch of two development modules – the CleO35-WIFI and MM930LITE, designed to work with the CleO35 and FT93x series respectively. The CleO35-WIFI is an accessory for the CleO series – the smart TFT display for Arduino, and is designed with an ESP-12S Wi-Fi module from Ai-thinker using core processor ESP8266 which is among the most integrated Wi-Fi chips in the industry.

The MM930Lite is a development module for Bridgetek’s 32-bit high performance FT93x Microcontroller family, which is used to develop and demonstrate the functionality of the FT930 Embedded Microcontroller, and is ideal for applications including home security systems, home automation systems, USB capability products, embedded multimedia application and other industrial control systems.  

For more information on the CleO35-WIFI please click here, and for more on the MM930 please click here. Click here for the press release.


FT602 UVC Class SuperSpeed USB3.1 IC and development modules now available!

We are pleased to announce the full scale production of our FT602 USB 3.1 (Gen 1) video class FIFO IC and two accompanying hardware modules. The FT602 supports the streaming of video content from high definition camera equipment, meaning that imaging systems which would have previously only been capable of delivering relatively low resolution material can gain substantially elevated video quality but still run at 60fps frame rates. The UMFT602A and UMFT602X units enable bridging of a FIFO bus to a USB3.0/1 host and are equipped with either HSMC or FMC (LPC) connectors. They provide engineers with a simple and straight forward platform on which to evaluate the functionality of the 32-bit FT602 devices, which can deliver up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at frame rates of 60fps, with up to 4 video input channels being made available.

For more information on the FT602 IC please click here, and click here for the UMFT602x modules. Finally, please click here for the press release.


March 2017

New Cables & Modules extend the FT-X series to facilitate more effective Bridging to USB

To reinforce our  position as the acknowledged industry leader in USB bridging technology, we have added to the breadth of supporting products within our X-Chip portfolio. The LC231X and LC234X modules provide a low cost USB to UART bridge using the FT231X and FT234X ICs respectively to transfer data at up to 3M Baud, and the TTL-234X series is a range of USB to serial converter cables which provide connectivity between USB and serial UART interfaces.

Please click here for the press release.


February 2017

EVE Screen Designer (ESD) 3.X

To further increase the degree of support available for the FT81x Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controllers, we have now released Version 3.0 of the popular EVE Screen Designer. 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 the press release.


December 2016

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.

Please click here for the press release.


November 2016

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.

Please click here for the press release.


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


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.


July 2016

CleO now available in full production quantities! 

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


June 2016

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.


June 2016

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.


April 2016

FTDI Introduces Compact Dual & Quad Channel Hi-Speed USB Interface ICs with Accompanying Hardware

To provide engineers with a greater breadth of IO options and also address de-mands to conserve board real estate, FTDI has announced new versions of its highly popular FT2232H and FT4232H devices. These configurable USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (supporting 480Mbit/s operation) ICs are now available in 56-pin VQFN packages, which complement the 64-pin LQFP package format. As a re-sult they are now easier to place and route on to PCBs, as well as being better suited to space-constrained electronic designs.
For the full press release, click here.


March 2016

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.


February 2016

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. For the full press release, click here.

FTDI Chip launches Project CleO on Indiegogo

Following the success of its previous crowdfunding project, NerO, FTDI Chip has just announced a new Arduino-related product for which it is once again using Indiegogo to promote to the global engineering fraternity. The objective of CleO is to bring to market a family of intelligent, simple to program TFT display boards through which engineers can develop imaginative, compelling human machine interfaces (HMIs) regardless of their experience level. Using Arduino as a foundation, this hardware is able to leverage FTDI Chip’s high speed bridging and display technology so that improved performance and greater functionality can be benefitted from. Please click here to view the Press Release in English or in German or in Chinese.


January 2016

New FT51A 8 bit MCU with integrated USB hub port available now

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. Please click here for the press release.


December 2015

FTDI Chip Kickstarts NerO Project on 10 December

FTDI Chip has always looked for imaginative ways to solve today’s electronics engineering problems. Now it is also experimenting with how to bring new solutions to market - with it latest product, NerO, being introduced on KickStarter. The objective of NerO is to deal with the fundamental drawbacks of the widely-used Arduino UNO R3 and, by utilizing a crowdfunding platform, get the engineering community involved right from the very beginning. Please click here to view the Press Release.


October 2015

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

FTDI Chip is pleased to announce the launch of it''s 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 MM900EVxA 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. Please click here to view the Press Release in English or in German or in Chinese.


September 2015

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 512 x 512 pixels of the company’s FT80x series and offering up to 800 x 600 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 a 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. Please click here to view the Press Release in English or in German.

FTDI Chip releases full SuperSpeed USB3.0 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 pin count 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 UMFT60xA and UMFT60xX range of evaluation/development modules with either HSMC/FMC(LPC) 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 Altera (UMFT60xA) or Xilinx (UMFT60xX). Please click here to view the Press Release in English or in German.


June 2015

Special Offer – free FT900 MikroE Clicker 2 board and free worldwide shipping with any direct FT90x MikroE Compiler purchase

FTDI Chip has taken further steps to help engineers implement better embedded systems using its cutting-edge microcontroller technology. Working in conjunction with MikroElektronika (MikroE), the company is now marketing a cost effective development package based on the ground-breaking FT90x MCU series. The Clicker 2 for the FT90x, powered by the FT900 IC from the series, is a compact development kit with two mikroBUS™ sockets for click™ board connectivity. This comes coupled with a full feature compiler licence for FT90x devices, with a choice of three available - Basic, Pascal or C Compiler. As an exclusive launch offer, FTDI Chip is providing customers with a free MikroE Clicker 2 board worth $39.95 with every FT90x Compiler licence purchase and furthermore offering free worldwide shipping on the package! Please click here for the press release.

March 2015

FTDI Chip Adds Graphic Toolchain Package to existing EVE Offering

FTDI Chip has introduced an EVE screen designer, built to offer more comprehensive support to its Embedded Video Engine (EVE) product offering. Suitable for use with Windows operating systems (Windows 7 and above), this highly sophisticated yet still easy-to-operate development suite enables the creation of advanced human machine interfaces (HMIs), via EVE’s innovative object-oriented approach, without any understanding of EVE display lists. This means that it is far more accessible to graphic designers who are concerned primarily with the look and feel of the HMI. Please click here for the press release.

MikroElektronika & FTDI Chip Introduce Multi-Faceted FT90X MCU Development Platform

FTDI Chip technology partner MikroElektronika has announced the release of a complete ecosystem of development products to support the FT90X series of 32-bit application-optimized microcontroller units (MCUs). Through these products, which incorporate both hardware and software elements, engineers will be able to harness the full potential of FT90X MCU devices and make more inspiring embedded system designs.Please click here for the press release.

February 2015

FTDI Chip Unveils High Resolution EVE Devices

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 4 new ICs - the FT81xQ series. These new EVE devices support higher maximum screen resolutions than previously possible - increasing from the 512x512 pixels of the company’s FT800Q/801Q offering up to 800x600 pixels, in order to address larger displays (7-inches and above) used in point-of-sales units, information kiosks, etc.Please click here for the press release.

January 2015

FT4222H Programming Modules now available

FTDI Chip is please to announce the availability of two programming modules for the FT4222H Hi-Speed USB to Quad SPI/I2C bridge IC, the UMFT4222PROG and UMFT4222PROG-IC. In addition, Android D2XX drivers and a sample application to extend the support for the FT4222H are now available. Please click here for more information.

December 2014

FTDI Chip Introduces EVE Platforms Supporting Development of HMIs with Capacitive Touch

FTDI Chip has further enlarged the portfolio of development modules accompanying its award-winning Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology - which has helped revolutionise how human machine interfaces (HMIs) are implemented thanks to its innovative object-oriented approach. These latest EVE platforms are targeted at the creation of intelligent display systems using capacitive touch and are based on the FT801 EVE chip released earlier this year. Please click here for the press release.

November 2014

FTDI Chip Launches Sophisticated USB 3.0 Interface Solution in Low Pin Count Package

The FT600Q and FT601Q are FTDI Chip’s first generation USB 3.0 products that function as SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to FIFO bridges, providing data bursting rates of up to 3.2Gbps. The FT600Q comes in 56-pin QFN package and has a 16-bit wide FIFO bus interface, while FT601Q comes in 76-pin QFN package and has a 32-bit wide FIFO bus interface. Both these chips support up to 8 endpoints, other than the management endpoints. The endpoints are linked to a configurable endpoint buffers of 16kByte length for IN and 16kByte for OUT. Please click here for the press release.


FTDI Chip Unveils Daughter Cards Supporting its Arduino-Compatible EVE Development Boards

Following on from the release of its VM800P development platforms, which facilitate more advanced human machine interface (HMI) implementation using its innovative Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology, FTDI Chip has introduced a series of accompanying daughter cards (or shields). To find out more please click here.

October 2014

MikroElektronika & FTDI Chip Embark on Construction of Comprehensive FT90X Development Environment

Belgrade-headquartered development tool chain supplier MikroElektronika has signed a formal agreement with FTDI Chip to create mikroC, mikroBasic and mikroPascal compilers for the FT90X 32-bit microcontroller offering. The FT90X utilises a proprietary 32-bit RISC architecture - allowing it to set performance benchmarks beyond 2.93DMIPS/MHz, with true zero wait-states operation up to 100MHz frequencies, as well as capacious memory and an array of advanced connectivity resources. For full details please click here.  

September 2014

FTDI Chip adds FT4222H Hi-Speed bridge to existing flagship USB portfolio

FTDI Chip is pleased to announce the release of the FT4222H, a Hi-Speed USB to SPI/I2C Bridge Chip. For more information, please click here to access the press release or visit the FT4222H product page for details including the datasheet and how to buy.

August 2014

BEEA & Elektra Shortlists Announced

The British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) shortlist for 2014 has just been confirmed and FTDI Chip has been cited in 2 categories. It is in running for the highly coveted Design Team of the Year award. The company is also a contender for Electronic Product of the Year, for its FT900 MCU, and has furthermore been included within those nominated for the prestigious Elektra European Elextronics Awards, under the Best Design Team category. For more information please visit: www.beeas.co.uk/shortlist.

FTDI Chip announces collaboration with MCCI for advanced embedded SoC products

FTDI Chip is pleased to announce that a partnership with MCCI® Corporation, a leading developer of USB drivers and firmware for embedded SoC has resulted in the availability of TrueTask® USB, an embedded USB host stack designed for use with the FT900 MCU product family. Please click here to access the press release.

FTDI Chip display offering expanded with release of FT801 and EVE support suite

Looking to further expand its global reach, FTDI Chip has announced that it will, with immediate effect, be represented in Thailand by local distributor Electronics Source Co. Ltd. The company, which is headquartered in Bangkok, will forthwith supply the full gamut of FTDI Chip’s product range, spanning across its USB, MCU and display offerings. Click here to access the press release.

FTDI Chip Announces Appointment of New Distributor in Thailand

FTDI Chip is proud to announce a significant expansion of it's display product line, to include the production release of the FT801 graphics controller with capacitive touch support alongside a suite of new EVE software support including a screen editor tool and emulator library, available free of charge. The eagerly-awaited FT801 is now in full production and readily available in volume quantities. Like the FT800, this chip is based on Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology and builds on the award-winning FT800 design by providing all of the same attributes with the added benefit of capacitive touch support, which provides multi-touch capability. Moreover, additional support is now available in both the EVE emulator library and screen editor tools, designed to provide further assistance to engineers using FTDIs Chip's object oriented Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology. A full press release can be downloaded here.

May 2014

FTDI Chip Announces Appointment of New Distributor in China

FTDI Chip is pleased to confirm Shanghai Jing Xi Electronics Information System Company Ltd as its latest distribution partner in China. It will forthwith market FTDI Chip’s Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controller and Microcontroller (MCU) products in the region, as well as offering comprehensive technical support.
For more information, please click here to view the Press Release in English or in Chinese.


April 2014

FTDI Chip releases new Advanced Drivers to promote more efficient System Operation

FTDI Chip has updated its current, highly expansive USB driver portfolio in order to include a selective suspend feature. The revised drivers have now passed Microsoft certification and are available to download free of charge from the FTDI Chip website here.

FTDI Chip latest in series of EVE development modules

FTDI Chip has further expanded its range of products supporting those working with the company's award-winning Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology, by introducting a series of easy t use Arduino-compatible development platforms. The VM800P series (where P signifies PLUS) is a unique offering which furnishes engineers with everything necessary to implement more effective human machine interfaces (HMIs) - including not only display, audio and touch elements, but data processing aspects too. Please click here for the press release.

February 2014

FTDI Chip announces new Highly Integrated, Application-Focused 32-bit RISC Microcontroller

FTDI Chip continues to explore new areas where its innovative silicon solutiosn can add significant value, with the release of the FT900. This 32-bit microcontroller unit (MCU) is one of two initial devices in the company's new application oriented controller product lines and has been developed for high speed interfacie bridging. Please click here for the press release.

FTDI Chip announces new 48MIPs MCU to bring distinct advantages to Control System Implementations

FTDI Chip has further cemented its expansion into the MCU market by announcing the second of its ground-breaking application oriented controller devices. Possessing a comprehensive feature set, a vast array of I/Os and extensive data conversion capabilities, this 8-bit microcontroller unit (MCU) incorporates one of the highest performance 8051 compatible processor cores on the market. Operating at a 48MHz clock speed, it has a 48MIPS processing capacity (1 clock cycle per instruction). Please click here for the press release.

FTDI Chip announces new FT801 to support Intelligent Displays with Capacitive Touchscreens

 FTDI Chip has expanded its award-winning EVE series with the announcement of the FT801, a capacitive touch enabled Embedded Video Engine (EVE) offering. The FT801 possesses the same key elements found on the initial EVE product, the FT800. It supports display, audio and touch functionality, with the capacitive touch element provided through an I2Cninterfact which is connected to a standard capacitivey touch controller. The FT801 brings together the functionality and system benefits of EVE with the increased brightness, interactivity and vividness that both users and developers have come to recognise in capacitive touchscreen technology. Please click here for the press release.


December 2013

FTDI Shield Facilitates Exciting New Gaming Deployments through Arduino Platform

FTDI Chip has added to the array of hardware solutions it offers professional engineers and hobbyist working with the extremely prevalent Arduino open-source electronics development platform. The company’s FT121 G-Sensor shield focusses on the implementation of Arduino-based gaming systems, enabling such projects to be conceived and subsequently executed simply and rapidly through its USB human interface device (HID) class support.

Press release in English and Chinese


November 2013

Elektra Awards

The 2013 Elektra awards, held on the 27th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, are now in their 11th year. The awards celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals throughout the European electronics industry. FTDI Chip is fortunate enough to have been nominated yet again this year - with the innovative FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) device making the shortlist in the highly coveted Digital Semiconductor Product category. Press release in English

Digi-Key Presents FTDI Chip with Product of the Year at BEEAs

Glasgow, Scotland-based, fabless semiconductor supplier FTDI Chip has been bestowed with Electronic Product of the Year at the 2013 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs). This highly-coveted award category was sponsored by Digi-Key, with President Mark Larson presenting the prize to FTDI Chip Vice-President Graeme Cook, in recognition of the company’s innovative FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) device. Press release in English

Intelligent Display System Provides Unmatched Ease of Integration

4D Systems has announced a partnership with FTDI Chip that has resulted in the development of a highly advanced intelligent SPI display offering, based on FTDI Chip’s FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE). The new 4DLCD-FT843 product enables system designers to rapidly create high quality human machine interfaces (HMIs). It includes a 4.3” TFT display (with 480 x 272 pixel resolution), PWM audio output (with amplifier enable), a 64 voice polyphonic sound synthesizer, a 4-wire resistive touch screen, all integrated on a flexible ribbon connector. The product was designed so that it can be easily incorporated into current systems via an SPI interface, where the FT800 acts like an SPI peripheral.
Press release in English, Chinese, German, French, Korean, Italian and Spanish


October 2013

New Gameduino Hits the Market - Driven by FTDI Chip’s FT800 Graphic Controller Technology

FTDI Chip has confirmed that its ground-breaking FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) is a key component in an exciting new Kickstarter project - the Gameduino2 game adaptor shield from Excamera. In 2011, the Kickstarter-funded Gameduino made major industry impact by successfully bringing vintage gaming to the popular Arduino platform. Now, with the introduction of Gameduino 2, users will be able to transform their Arduino units into modern handheld gaming systems that feature touch control, 3-axis accelerometers, headphone audio outputs and microSD data storage for game assets. In addition, they will benefit from the shield’s support of next generation graphics via its built-in 4.3-inch display.
Press release in English


September 2013

FTDI Introduces USB GPS Module

FTDI Chip continues to find innovative ways by which to employ its advanced USB technology into next generation electronic designs. Its latest product release, the FT-X-GPS, allows precision positioning data to be derived - so that a computing platform (such as a laptop, tablet, or embedded PC) to which it has been connected, via its USB port, can benefit from this precise data to enable location-based services and applications that continue to emerge as mobility increases.
Press release in English, Chinese and German


July 2013

Development Modules for Intelligent Display Systems Introduced by FTDI Chip

FTDI Chip has announced the release of the VM800C – a family of credit card sized (85.6mm x 54.1mm) development module, and the VM800B – an elegantly encased version of this module in a fitted, plastic bezel. The portfolio is comprised of 11 specific part types in total, all based on the company’s Embedded Video Engine (EVE) platform - which provides display, audio and touch.

Press Release in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, German, Portugese and Italian

FTDI Introduces Multi-Chip Solution for Developing USB-to-RS232 Systems

USB solutions specialist FTDI Chip, through its highly acclaimed X-Chip series, has now added to its portfolio of semiconductor solutions for USB-to RS232 interfacing. FTDI Chip’s USB-DUO offering bundles together one of the company’s new high performance USB bridge controller ICs with its RS232 transceiver IC, in order to furnish engineers with a platform on which they can create their own USB-to-RS232 converter cabling systems - supporting speeds of up to 250 kbits/s. The company’s FT231XS provides the USB-to-UART conversion operation while the FT3243S transceiver provides the digital-toRS232 conversion, translating the 3.3 V level UART signal from the FT231XS to RS232 voltage levels.

Press Release in English or in Chinese.


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. The Arrow company, Chip One Stop, will henceforth supply FTDI’s complete portfolio of USB interface products, plus its new EVE graphic controller products, to design engineers and purchasers in the region.

Press Release in English or in Japanese.


April 2013

FTDI Chip Introduces Compact, Android Open Accessory USB Host to UART Bridge

FTDI Chip are delighted to announce the second USB Host IC to their portfolio of Android Support. The FT312D is a full speed (12 Mbit/s), USB host to UART bridge IC, specifically designed to bridge the USB port to a UART interface via the Android Open Accessory protocol.

General product information and availability is available in the press release with detailed datasheets, programming guide, and development support documentation found in the Android section of the website.

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February 2013

FTDI Chip Introduces New Smaller USB to UART Bridge IC

FTDI Chip 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 signaling.

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.

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FTDI Chip Announces Free Java Driver for Android OS

FTDI Chip has expanded its portfolio of USB Android solutions with the release of the J2XX Java driver for USB peripheral implementations.

By utilising the J2XX driver and compiling it with the user’s application, the driver is automatically loaded onto the Android platform without any need for user intervention. The combination of this driver structure and FTDI’s world-class USB bridge chips provides system designers a quick and easy methodology to create a USB link between Android platforms and their end products.

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November 2012

FTDI Chip Introduces New Hi-Speed, 480 Mbps, USB Host Controller

FTDI Chip 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 to enable these operations. So check out the FT313H and see how FTDI Chip facilitates USB MADE EASY for a USB2.0 Hi-Speed Host function.

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October 2012

FTDI Chip Introduces New USB Controller Series, Optimising Designers' Implementation Choices – FT12

FTDI Chip 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.

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July 2012

FTDI Chip Release FT311D Android Host

FTDI Chip 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.

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June 2012

FTDI Chip announces USB Support for Raspberry Pi

FTDI Chip 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-HUB-MODULE,  is designed to connect to an RPi unit and expand the number of interfaces that can be accessed downstream from a host.

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May 2012

FTDI Chip and Arrow Electronics Announce World-Wide Distribution Partnership

This partnership extends the level of access and support for FTDI Chip 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.”

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March 2012

FTDI Chip Unveils USB-to-RS232 Cabling Solution

FTDI Chip has expanded its portfolio of converter cabling solutions with the introduction of Chipi-X. Measuring a length of 10 cm, this is a USB-to-RS232 level full-handshake UART cable with a male DB9 connector. The DB9 provides the connectivity for RS232 communications and a USB-A plug deals with USB communications.

For more details please see the press release and link to datasheet.

FTDI Chip adds Ethernet-to-USB, MP3 audio codec & real-time clock functionality to Vinco platform  

Furthering market progression of the widely praised Vinco platform, FTDI Chip is delighted to announce the introduction of its new multi-function application board (shield). By combining the Vinco development platform, with targeted application support, such as MP3 audio codec, Ethernet-to-USB bridge and real-time clock (RTC), engineers can jump-start their development.

This latest shield offering incorporates a VLSI VS1053b codec for the decoding of various audio files (Ogg Vorbis, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, WAV and MIDI), Ethernet connectivity, plus an RTC feature using NXP Semiconductors’ PCF32123 timing device.

For more details please see the press release and https://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Modules/DevelopmentModules.htm

February 2012

FTDI Chip and Altium Collaborate on new board- level components

FTDI Chip is delighted to announce that Altium, developer of next-generation electronics design software and services, is making available the full range of board-level IC component solutions from FTDI on its electronics design software, Altium Designer, through the AltiumLive portal. Electronics designers using Altium Designer will now have direct access to new components that include a comprehensive range of FTDI Chip devices to meet their USB connectivity needs.

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FTDI Chip Introduce the X-Chip Series of Next Generation USB Interface ICs

FTDI Chip is delighted to announce the launch of its new X-Chip series. Made up of 13 devices, with an exception feature set, the X-Chip series offers full speed USB 2.0 bridging solutions to UART, SPI/FT1248, I2C and FIFO interfaces complementing the company’s existing R chip, and Hi-Speed solutions. “By specifying the X-Chip into their designs, engineers will reduce their overall bill of materials and optimise PCB real estate,” states Fred Dart, CEO and founder of FTDI. “With its comprehensive feature set, the benefits of lower power, smaller device footprint and NEW enhanced battery charger detection can all be realised, as well as the robust USB functionality that FTDI has always provided in its connectivity solutions”. In addition to the ICs, FTDI Chip has released a wide-selection of development modules, enabling instant access to the different functions for each chip type, and thus allowing for easy device evaluation and prototyping development.

For more details please see the press release and www.ftdichip.com\FT-X.htm

January 2012

FTDI adds advanced user interface mechanism to Arduino-inspired Vinco platform

Dave Sroka, Global Product Director at FTDI Chip commented, “The new Touch Key shield demonstrates the Vinco platform’s ability to utilise the Android Open Accessory initiative, so that devices using the Android operating system, such as tablet PCs, can control items of external hardware through a human machine interface (HMI), over USB.”

The application note AN_196 gives an example of using the Vinco Touch Key Shield in an Android environment.

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December 2011

FTDI Chip expands Vinculum – II Precompiled Firmware and Source Code Offering

FTDI Chip has new additions to the portfolio of application – led ROM files

These files can be loaded directly into a VNC2 IC and utilised by its 16-bit microcontroller core in order to perform basic data transfer operations between common interfaces. Interface options include SPI, UART, USB host and USB device, with data operations such as mass storage, human interface devices, and communication device class.

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October 2011

New USB Hi-Speed to Digital Level Interface UART Cabling Solutions

FTDI Chip have added 2 new cables to its range of USB 2.0 Hi-Speed to Digital Level cables. The USB-UART cables provide a USB Hi-Speed interface to RS232 UART – at 3.3V signal levels. For more information please refer to the datasheet

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September 2011

Allied Electronics and Yosun Announced as Distributors

FTDI Chip is pleased to announce that Allied Electronics and Yosun are now distributors of our products. These new distribution partners will give engineers and procurement staff in North America (Allied) and Asia Pacific (Yosun) better access to FTDI’s chips, cables and development modules, for quick and cost effective implementation of USB enabled systems.

Press release Allied Electronics
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New Product Announcement: DB9 USB to Digital Modules

FTDI Chip has added a series of USB to digital level interface modules, in DB9 form factors, to its product portfolio. These modules all utilise FTDI’s FT232R USB to serial UART bridge chip, which is capable of supporting data rates of 12 Mbits/s (USB Full Speed). They allow for the quick and easy upgrading of pieces of hardware to today’s most widely used serial interface standard in a highly convenient and cost effective manner. Drivers for the modules are available to download direct from the FTDI website.

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August 2011

New USB to Digital Level Interface Cabling Solutions

Press image:     C232HM MPSSE Cable

April 2011

FTDI commits to supporting Android Open Accessories Initiative

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March 2011

Single Channel Hi-Speed USB to UART/FIFO Interface IC for Next Generation Peripheral Design

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November 2010

FTDI unveils VINCO, a powerful development platform for embedded systems requiring USB 2.0 connectivity

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New USB Hi-Speed Serial/Hub Module from FTDI brings higher level of connectivity to system designs

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Press image:     USB Hi-Speed Serial/Hub Module

September 2010

Powerful FPGA platform simplifies USB 2.0 integration, reduces LSI development time and supports sub-100ms hardware reconfiguration.

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Press image:     Morph-IC-II

June 2010

FTDI offer enhanced range of USB 2.0 to serial UART converter cables.

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Press image:     TTL-232RG

May 2010

FTDI launches USB 2.0 Module to Replace DB9 RS232 Connector on Legacy Boards.

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Press image:     DB9-USB-RS232

April 2010

Vinculum-II VNC2 evaluation modules speeds up USB 2.0 Host/ Slave development

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Press images:     V2-EVAL     V2DIP1/V2DIP2

March 2010

Vinculum 2 - Programmable dual USB 2.0 host/slave SOC assists in lowering design component count and reduces costs.

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December 2009

FTDI’s USB 2.0 ICs, evaluation and legacy serial modules make Hi-Speed USB 2.0 development easy

June 2009

FTDI showcases USB 2.0 Hi-Speed devices and modules at National Electronics Week 2009 (Ref FTD0037)

March 2009

USB cables provide RS-422 and RS-485 interface support (Ref FTD0036)

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February 2009

USB module, USB-COM232-PLUS1, aids connectivity for RS232-based applications (Ref: FTD0034)

Compact evaluation modules ease integration and development of USB 2.0 High Speed interfaces (Ref: FTD0035)

November 2008

FTDI Electronica Press Pack

Single chip Hi-speed USB 2.0 solutions ease serial and (Ref: FTD0030)

FTDI extends operating temperature of Vinculum embedded USB host controller (Ref: FTD0031)

USB to RS232 converter cable aids interfacing to legacy applications (Ref: FTD0032)

May 2008

FTDI and Daito Electron present USB IC line-up at ESEC (Ref: FTD0023)

April 2008

FTDI first vendor to release Microsoft certified USB-UART driver for Windows Server 2008 (Ref: FTD0021)

USB Null Modem cable eases connectivity between PCs (Ref: FTD0022)

February 2008

Evaluation board provides complete development platform for Vinculum embedded USB host designs (Ref: FTD0020)

October 2007

FTDI strengthens distribution of USB connectivity semiconductor devices in Korea (Ref: FTD0016)

ActiveX control enables asymmetric cryptography on FTDI USB ICs (Ref: FTD0018)

September 2007

FTDI’s virtual COM port drivers gain Microsoft Windows Vista certification (Ref: FTD0014)

Parallax selects Vinculum embedded USB host controller for datalogger application (Ref: FTD0015)

FTDI appoints first Indian distributor (Ref: FTD0017)

August 2007

Future Technology Devices International signs Future Electronics as distribution partner for the Americas (Ref: FTD0012)

April 2007

Vinculum reference design allows rapid USB mass storage interface development (Ref: FTD0008)

Future Technology signs distribution agreement with Galaxy Far East Corporation (GFEC) Increases product availability across China and Taiwan (Ref: FTD0009)

March 2007

Compact USB evaluation module provides quick and simple integration into finished products (Ref: FTD0007)

February 2007

USB host controller module gives flash disk interface to industrial and commercial products (Ref: FTD0002)

FTDI USB silicon and software solutions now available through Mouser Electronics (Ref: FTD0003)

Parallax strengthens distribution agreement with FTDI Adds Vinculum USB host controller to product line-up (Ref: FTD0004)

FTDI expands North American operations (Ref: FTD0005)

Host powered eight channel USB data acquisition module aids rapid control and monitoring application deployment (Ref: FTD0006)

January 2007

Microcontroller USB flash drive interface design simplified by development platform (Ref: FTD0001)









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