FTDI Dust up and Alternate Chips

Submitted by Royce on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 21:15

Over the past couple of days or so there has been a pretty entertaining dust up regarding a new official FTDI USB to Serial Windows driver that was distributed via the official Microsoft automatic driver update system. The new driver appears to deliberately attack clone and counterfeit FT232R chips. The attack renders the fake chips essentially unusable even if moved to another machine or OS. (There is a somewhat exotic recovery procedure.)

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