Hey folks, if you read our daily “Maker Business” newsletter we mentioned that we were trying to interview Fred Dart the CEO of FTDI, it happened! We sent over a lot of questions last night, Fred is replying back to them in the next day or so and we’ll post them up here and our newsletter ADAFRUITDAILY.COM (spam/ad free, separate site, we value privacy).
Here’s a bit about FTDI – From Wikipedia–
Future Technology Devices International, commonly known by its abbreviation FTDI, is a Scottish privately held semiconductor device company, specializing in Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology.
It develops, manufactures, and supports devices and their related software drivers for converting RS-232 or TTL serial transmissions to USB signals, in order to allow support for legacy devices with modern computers.
FTDI provides application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design services. They also provide consultancy services for product design, specifically in the realm of electronic devices.
FTDI was founded on 13 March 1992 by its current CEO Fred Dart. The company is an indirect descendant of Computer Design Concepts Ltd, a former semiconductor technology startup, founded by Dart.
FTDI’s initial products were chipsets for personal computer motherboards, the primary customer of which was IBM, which used them in its AMBRA and PS/1 personal computers. It later expanded its product line to include interface translators, such as the MM232R and the USB-COM232-PLUS1, along with other devices for converting between USB and other communication protocols.
Currently, the headquarters for FTDI is located in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, while it also has offices in Singapore, Taipei, Taiwan, and Portland, Oregon. The company’s manufacturing division is handled by subcontractors in the Asia Pacific region.
We’ll post and tweet and all that once the questions & answers are posted!