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


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.


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