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Windows Bricking Fake FTDI Chips? (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-October-2014  14:14:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A recent Windows Update driver is bricking certain USB serial chips, affecting Arduino users and others, thanks mpot. It's not immediately clear how or why the drivers are acting this way. It's possible that they're somehow detecting counterfeits and deliberately reprogramming them. It's also possible that the drivers are sending the same commands to both good and bad parts, and these commands just happen to cause bad things in counterfeit parts while being harmless on the real ones. We've asked FTDI for comment but received nothing as yet.

Here's some more info: real vs fake chips on zeptobars, some early coverage on Hackaday and adafruit, discussion on EEVblog's forums and slashdot. There's also a telling twitter conversation with the manufacturer.



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