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


  News - 18th December 2009
FTDI customer survey now closed
Thanks again to all who participated in our customer survey.

The information we received has been invaluable, congratulations once again to Peter Zhou from Shanghai who won the 8GB iPod Nano.



  News - 11th December 2009
FTDI Utilities News - FT_INF released, FT_PROG updated
FT_INF is a free application allowing users to create custom inf files that can be used in conjunction with FTDI’s proprietary drivers. Altering inf files gives users the flexibility to install FTDI devices that do not use FTDI’s default Vendor ID / Product ID as well as fine tune some of the more advanced driver settings.

FT_PROG has now been updated to version 1.3.1

Full details of both FT_INF and FT_PROG can be found on our Utilities page.



  News - 27th November 2009
FTDI Survey - iPod Nano Prize draw has ended
Thanks to everybody so far who has taken the time to complete our company survey.

The competition to win a free iPod Nano has now ended, congratulations to the winner Peter Zhou from Shanghai.
If you haven't already done so, please feel free to fill in our survey here to let us know what you think of FTDI and our products.




  News - 11th November 2009
CDM Uninstaller utility released
CDM Uninstaller is a free application that can selectively remove Windows device drivers from the user’s system as specified by the device Vendor ID and Product ID.

Full details can be found on our Utilities page.

Download CDM Uninstaller (command line version)

Download CDM Uninstaller (GUI executable version)



New FTDI Documents available
We have recently added some new documents to our Application Notes and Technical Notes areas.

New Application Notes:
AN_120 - Aliasing VCP Baud Rates
AN_132 - Re-Assigning COM Port Numbers Using the Windows Registry
AN_133 - D2XX Access Using PERL Interface PERL 5.0 Programmers Guide
AN_134 - FTDI Drivers Installation guide for MAC OSX

New Technical Note:
TN_116 - USB Data Packet Structure



  News - 4th November 2009
Windows 7 compatible D2XX/VCP drivers available
New versions of our D2XX and VCP drivers have now been released, which include compatibility for Windows 7.  Please visit our Drivers pages for further information, or click below for direct download.

D2XX and VCP Driver (ver.2.06.00)



  News - 30th October 2009
We are pleased to announce the release of several new FTDI documents:

PCB Data
A new PCB Data page has been added to our Documents area, this contains PCB design information for FTDI ICs.  Click here to view PCB Data.

New Application Notes
AN_114 - Interfacing FT2232H Hi-Speed Devices To SPI Bus
AN_119 - FTDI Drivers Installation guide for Windows 7
AN_126 - User Guide For FT232B/R Factory Test Utility
AN_127 - User Guide For FT2232H/D Factory Test Utility
AN_128 - User Guide For FT4232H Factory Test Utility
AN_129 - Interfacing FT2232H Hi-Speed Devices to a JTAG TAP
AN_130 - FT2232H Used In An FT245 Style Synchronous FIFO Mode
AN_131 - FT2232D/H Fast Opto-Isolated Serial Interface Mode

The factory test utilities detailed in AN_126, AN_127 and AN_128 can be downloaded from our Utilities page here.
Example code for AN_114 can be downloaded from our MPSSE Projects page here.

New Technical Notes
TN_113 - Simplified Description of USB Device Enumeration

TTN_114 - USB Device Testing and Marking



  News - 16th September 2009
Product Announcement: USB powered Hi-Speed 2.0 USB to single/dual-port RS232, RS422 or RS485 modules
Future Technology Devices International (FTDI) announces its USB-COM-PLUS family of multi-port serial to USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Interface Modules. The USB-COM-PLUS modules are a simple method of adapting legacy serial devices with RS232 (EIA-232), RS422 (EIA-422) or RS485 (EIA-485) interfaces to a USB host. The complete USB protocol and all level shifting is handled by the modules. Royalty-free drivers are available for all popular operating system platforms for an easy plug and play installation.



  News - 15th September 2009
Win a brand new fourth generation iPod nano, featuring 8GB (2000 songs / 8 hours of video) with FM radio and video camera and a iTunes Gift Card worth £15 to download your own music.
Simply complete FTDI's customer survey to participate in our iPod free prize draw. The survey will be only take about 3 minutes. Please enter your e-mail details to participate in the prize draw. br>
Many thanks and good luck!

Click here to complete the survey and for full details.



FTDI announces a new FT_PROG utility
FT_PROG provides a user interface to access any EEPROM used with FTDI devices, replacing the previous utility for this purpose, MPROG.  FT_PROG adds new functionality such as the capability to program Vinculum VNC1L devices, and a command line interface.

Click here to download the FT_PROG utility.
Users should refer to the Readme file and User Guide for further information.


  News - 28th August 2009
Mac OS X Snow Leopard drivers now available
Our Virtual Com Port drivers for Mac OS X have been updated to include compatibility for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.  Please visit our VCP Drivers page for further information, or click here to download.


  News - 14th August 2009
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface ICs and evaluation modules are now available in FTDI’s web shop.
FTDI’s latest USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ICs FT2232H (dual USB to multipurpose UART/ FIFO IC) and FT4232H (quad USB to multipurpose UART/ MPSSE IC) are now available in our web shop.

Both Hi-Speed ICs provide a flexible interface configuration by using Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engines (MPSSE), to configure I2C, SPI, JTAG or other clocked serial interfaces. Capable of speeds up 30Mbits/s, the entire USB protocol is handled on the IC.

The FT2232H and FT4232H ICs are supported by the USB 2.0 evaluation modules FT2232H and FT4232H Hi-Speed Mini-Modules which enables an easy migration of Hi-Speed USB to your target design.

Free support and drivers are offered for most industry standard operating systems such as Windows, Linux and MAC OSX.

Also now in stock is the new DLP-USB1232H Hi-Speed single channel adapter module.. It is DLP Design’s premier USB-to-UART/FIFO interface module based on FTDI’s new FT2232H USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480Mb/s) silicon. The DLP-USB1232H is available in a lead-free, RoHS-compliant, compact 18-pin, 0.1-inch spaced standard DIP footprint.



Hi Speed ICs 

  News - 17th July 2009
FTDI To Exhibit at/span> ESC Farnborough, UK
FTDI would like to invite you to visit our stand 330 at the ESC Farnborough, at the FIVE International Show Centre from the 7th – 8th October 2009.


ESC UK 09 logo 

New Distribution Agreement – Transfer Multisort Electronik sp. Zoo. (TME)
FTDI has signed a distribution agreement with the Polish based catalogue company Transfer Multisort Electronik sp. Zoo. FTDI products are now available from TME throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Contact details can be found on FTDI’s Sales Network page.


FTDI To Exhibit at ESC Boston, US
FTDI would like to invite you to visit our stand 621 at the ESC Boston, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, USA from the 22nd – 24th September 2009.


ESC US 09 logo 

  News - 4th June 2009
New Distribution Agreement – Glyn and Electrocomp
FTDI are pleased to announce new distribution agreements with Glyn GmbH & Co.KG and Electrocomp (PTY) Ltd.
Glyn have expanded their existing FTDI sales regions to include the following European countries: (Germany, Austria, Benelux, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland).
Electrocomp will join MB Silicon as official distributor of FTDI products in South Africa. All contact details can be found on FTDI’s Sales Network page.


  News - 26th May 2009
FTDI to exhibit at National Electronics Week 2009
FTDI will be exhibiting at Electronics Weekly live 2009 which is part of the National Electronics Week, where we will showcase our recently launched range of USB 2.0 Hi-Speed devices and development modules at stand G44 from the 16th - 18th June 2009 at Earls Court 2, London.

FTDI would like to welcome you to USB IN THE FAST LANE workshop as part of the design conference, which is running alongside the National Electronics Week. FTDI will present USB IN THE FAST LANE on Tuesday 16th June 2009 at 12.30pm at the Electronics Weekly Live event.


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FTDI to exhibit at FTDI to exhibit at ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2009
FTDI will present their recent launched USB 2.0 Hi-Speed devices and modules at booth 211, at the Austin Convention Center from the 15th - 17th June 2009, in Austin, TX, USA. FTDI sales and engineering staff present at the stand will be able to assist with any enquiries.


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  News - 26th February 2009
FT2232H/ FT4232H USB 2.0 High Speed interface ICs and evaluation modules
FT2232H - Dual USB to multipurpose UART/ FIFO IC (4k buffers).
FT4232H - Quad USB to multipurpose UART/ MPSSE IC (2k buffers).
Flexible interface configurations using Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engines (MPSSE), USB to I2C, SPI, JTAG or other clocked serial interfaces.
Speeds up to 30Mbits/s, entire USB protocol on IC integrated LDO regulator and PLL, extended temperature (-40ºC to +85º).

The FT2232H Hi-Speed Mini-Module and the FT4232H Mini-Module use these new ICs. Each module has one Hi-Speed IC with a USB mini connector and two 26 way (2 rows 0.1” pitch) male header pins to allow access to all pins of the devices. They are ideal for development proposes to quickly prove the concept of adding Hi-Speed USB to a target design.

Free driver support is offered for most industry standard operating systems such as Windows, Linux and MAC OSX.


Microsoft WHQL Certified Driver Released
FTDI are pleased to announce the availability of a Microsoft WHQL certified driver to support the new FT2232H and FT4232H hi-speed devices.  The driver is compatible with all current versions of Windows (2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008), for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and supports the full range of FTDI ICs (FT2232H, FT4232H, FT232R, FT245R, FT2232, FT232BM, FT245BM, FT8U232AM, FT8U245AM).

CDM driver version 2.04.16 is available as a free download from our drivers page.


  News - 25th February 2009
FTDI To Exhibit at IIC China
Please feel free to visit our sales and engineering team our stands at IIC China. They will be pleased to introduce you to FTDI's new product portfolio.
  • Shenzhen - 26th Feb - 27th Feb 2009
  • Beijing - 5th March - 6th March 2009
  • Shanghai - 9th March - 10th March 2009


FTDI To Exhibit at Embedded World 2009
FTDI are pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting at Embedded World 2009 in Nuremberg, Germany from 3rd - 5th March 2009.  FTDI sales and engineering staff present at the stand (Hall 12 Stand 442) will be able to assist with any enquiries.


FTDI To Exhibit at ESC-Silicon Valley
FTDI would like to invite you to visit our stand 1729 in the Main Hall at the ESC Silicon Valley, in San Jose, USA from the 30th March - 4th April 2009.


  News - 1st February 2009
New Vacancies at FTDI UK
FTDI have two new engineering vacancies at their UK office.  To view full job descriptions and apply on-line, visit our employment page.


  News - 28th January 2009
New Documents Available
Several new documents have been made available in the documents section of this site, including data sheets for the FT2232H and FT4232H, application notes for using the hi-speed MPSSE DLLs and a technical note detailing how to add support for a custom VID and PID combination to the Mac OS X VCP driver.


  News - 7th January 2009
FTDI Opens New Branch Office in China
FTDI are pleased to announce the opening of a new branch office in ShangHai, China.  The new office will be handling sales and technical support enquiries.  The contact details for FTDI China are:

Future Technology Devices International Limited (China)
Room 408, 317 Xianxia Road,
ChangNing District,
ShangHai, P.R. China

Tel: +86 (21) 62351596
Fax: +86 (21) 62351595

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