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February 5, 2013
about 7 years ago
You could design an ESP8288 with FDTI on board. If the ESP8266 sells for $4 on average and the FTDI basic is $15, thats $19. A good value.
The ESP8266 can run as a server-side solution, albeit a very limit one.
Wow that's pricey - How does this compare to the ESP8266 Wifi Serial Module (w/SOC) you can get for around $4 USD? You can create an ATmega328 + the ESP8266 Wifi Serial Module with Voltage regulator for about $15 and get all the happiness of the AtMega Pins. Also the ESP8266 has 2 or 3 GPIO pins (cant remember if its 2 or 3)
News - FTDI Drivers and Counterf…
about 7 years ago
What I’m really interested in is if anyone is going to mount a class action suit against FTDI, since they intentionally damaged the users' property
I can confirm the following: If you have a counterfeit chip and plug it into windows with the updated driver, your counterfeit chip will be bricked. Once bricked, you can NOT use it on OSX or Linux boxes. However, if you manually install the drivers on Windows, you can use it on that windows box. However, the chip is still bricked. You can un-brick the device with the MProg3.5 Programmer on the FTDi site. Once un-bricked, it will work again on OSX and Linux :) But if you plug it into the Windows box....BRICKED again.
For the FTDI boards I have purchased from Sparkfun; these are not affected. Yah!
Update Looks like MS is getting involved. According to this article http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/10/windows-update-drivers-bricking-usb-serial-chips-beloved-of-hardware-hackers/
"Microsoft has given us a statement: Yesterday FTDI removed two driver versions from Windows Update. Our engineering team is engaging with FTDI to prevent these problems with their future driver updates via Windows Update."