Watch That Windows Update: FTDI Drivers Are Killing Fake Chips

From Brian Benchoff at Hack A Day: The FTDI FT232 chip is found in thousands of electronic baubles, from Arduinos to test equipment, and more than a few bits of consumer electronics. It’s a simple chip, converting USB to a serial port, but very useful and probably one of the most cloned pieces of silicon on Earth. Thanks to a recent Windows update,  all those fake FTDI chips are at risk of being bricked.  This isn’t a case where fake FTDI chips won’t work if plugged into a machine running the newest FTDI driver; the latest driver bricks the fake chips, rendering them inoperable with any computer. Reports of problems with FTDI chips  surfaced early this month , with an explanation of the behavior showing up in  an EEVblog forum thread . The new driver for these chips from FTDI, delivered through a recent Windows update, reprograms the USB PID to 0, something Windows, Linux, and OS X don’t like. This renders the chip inaccessible from any OS, effectively bricking any device that happens to have one of these fake FTDI serial chips... ( full story with workaround solution )

PRECISION HAWK JOINS SMALL UAV COALITION TO ADVANCE THE COMMERCIAL USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Chief among the organization's goals is to advance a regulatory environment that will support safe, reliable, and timely operation of small UAVs.

iRobot receives $7.6 million order from the U.S. Navy

Company also awarded contract for future robot upgrades

Current Transducer Implementation Phenomena

Implementation of a current transducer is typically a straightforward affair. In the event that the output is not as expected, it must be understood that the source of the challenge may be rooted in the mechanical, magnetic or electric nature of the device.

New API Technologies RF/Microwave Engineering Online Design Tool Now Available

New tool helps engineers modify standard API Technologies' RF/Microwave products

Phoenix Aerial Introduces Low Cost UAV LiDAR System

Phoenix Aerial Systems introduces two game changing UAV LiDAR products: the Scout, a lightweight low-cost mapping system, and the Ranger, a survey grade long range system featuring the Riegl VUX-1 sensor.

At Japan Robot Week, Mechanical Barista Treats Visitors to Coffee

From  Japan Times :

Midwest Engineering Systems Announces Relocation of Corporate Headquarters

Due to increased customer demand and the need for more manufacturing space, we've doubled the size of our corporate headquarters.

iRobot Unveils Its First Multi-Robot Tablet Controller for First Responders, Defense Forces and Industrial Customers

From iRobot: The uPoint MRC system runs an Android-based app that standardizes the control of any robot within the iRobot family of unmanned vehicles. Utilizing the same intuitive touchscreen technology in use today on millions of digital devices, the uPoint MRC system simplifies robot operations including driving, manipulation and inspection, allowing operators to focus more on the mission at hand... ( full press release )

TURCK Extends RFID Capabilities with Compact UHF Read/Write Head

Paired with TURCK's BL ident platform, the new Q120 product creates an all-in-one RFID solution

Schunk - Standardized RCC axes for high-speed assembly

The linear modules of SCHUNK's LCx series set a new benchmark.

Neah Power Partners with Silent Falcon to Integrate Fuel Cells into Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Formira hydrogen-on-demand technology expected to increase mission endurance and enable heavier payloads.

The fuel cell could significantly increase the mission endurance by between two times to three times the current duration, as well as enable heavier payloads.

LumaSense Introduces the World's First Industrial Grade Infrared Pyrometer with Thermal Imaging Capabilities

The ISR 6-TI Advanced pyrometer uses a built-in video camera with infrared filter to improve manufacturing processes in metals, glass, and other heat-dependent manufacturing industries

CLEARPATH ROBOTICS WINS 2014 GAME CHANGER AWARD

Clearpath's Kingfisher Unmanned Surface Vessel recognized as "remarkable technical accomplishment."

ALTA DEVICES ANNOUNCES COOPERATION WITH AIRWARE TO ENABLE SEAMLESS INTEGRATION OF SOLAR POWER IN SMALL UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Longer Flight Endurance Is Critical For Precision Agriculture, Search and Rescue, Land Surveying, and Many Other Commercial UAV Applications

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Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new lightweight versions of select gearhead products. The new gearheads are ideal for designs where weight is a critical factor. Building on the success of Harmonic Drive LLCs current gear units, new lightweight versions were the next logical evolution of the CS/ SH product lines. With weight reductions of 20-30% without any reduction in torque ratings, the Lightweight (LW) gear units provide exceptional torque density.