FTDI Chip specialises in solutions for converting legacy peripherals to the USB connectivity standard. For designers, this means an easy route for the addition of a USB port into their system design or the migration from serial interfaces, such as RS232 or FIFO, to USB. FTDI solutions are a combination of hardware and royalty free USB drivers, that have been validated with USB host class drivers, so that engineers can be assured of a robust design.
Working in collaboration with FTDI Chip, Altium has developed and released a full set of board-level components for FTDI Chip”s current IC catalogue that is ready to use within Altium Designer. All components in the FTDI Chip product families include models for schematic symbol and PCB component with 3D body information.
“Altium is moving into a new model of industry partnerships to provide third party libraries, templates, reference designs and other ready-to-use IP for our Altium Designer users,” said Rowland Washington for Altium. “I believe this close collaboration between Altium and parts manufacturers produces design IP that our customers can trust ‘out-of-the-box’, and adds significant value to being a member of the Altium design community.”
The board-level components for FTDI Chip devices are available through Altium’s ‘Hobart Vault’, one of the company”s managed component repositories of ready-to-use design elements accessible through the AltiumLive portal.
“The partnership with Altium is a natural progression for FTDI Chip, in our continuing strategy to allow for simple end to end USB implementation,” said Fred Dart, founder and CEO of FTDI Chip. “As a long term advocate of Altium design software, we are delighted that this partnership will allow our customers to easily access and re-use quality models for our devices in their design process.”
The released board-level components provide access to the full FTDI Chip product line, consisting of the FT Series family of USB device bridges and the Vinculum family of USB Host / Device controllers.