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  • I have had the opposite experience. Using the Arduino UNO R3 with the 16U2 worked right from the beginning, where as the Arduino’s using the FTDI chip did not always work, were not always recognized by the computer, or the drivers would just not load. I had this experience on many (around 12 boards) with over a dozen different computers. In addition you had to track down the folder where the FTDI driver was located and install that before you could download code in to the Arduino. When I downloaded the IDE and plugged in the UNO, I was ready to go without any problems. So I would not say the FTDI is more reliable than the xxU2 chips. It really just depends on a users experience.

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