The full range of board-level ICs from FTDI Chip is now available for Altium's design software, Altium Designer, through the AltiumLive portal. Electronics designers using Altium Designer will now have direct access to new components that include a comprehensive range of FTDI Chip devices to meet their USB connectivity needs.

FTDI Chip specialises in total solutions for converting legacy peripherals to the USB connectivity standard. The company offers 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.

In close 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.

The board-level components for FTDI Chip devices are available through Altium's ‘Hobart Vault', one of Altium's managed component repositories of ready-to-use design elements accessible through the AltiumLive portal. Altium Designer 10 users can access these components by connecting to the Hobart Vault directly from within their Altium Designer software using their AltiumLive credentials, or by browsing to the AltiumLive Content Store.