Crowd Supply offers open source hardware hacking tool

An open source, multi-protocol, multi-voltage tool for hardware hacking, is available from SecuringHardware, via the product development platform, Crowd Supply.

Tigard is claimed to be versatile and easy to use, combining support for the most-used interfaces and most-needed features in a single device.

The FT2232H-based serial converter board is designed to attach to, and communicate with, low speed interfaces on reverse-engineered hardware targets. It is accessible enough to make it suitable for newcomers to hardware hacking, says Crowd Supply.

SecuringHardware has combined a labelled wiring harness, commonly used pin-outs, with on-board level shifting, and a logic analyser connection. There is also native support for hardware tools like FlashROM and OpenOCD. Other features of the Tigard are its USB Type C high-speed interface and on-board FTDI FT2232HQ USB Hi-Speed–to–multi-purpose UART/FIFO IC. The board features high-performance directional level-shifters to support operation from 1.8 to 5.5V.

It is designed to work with multiple tools and software libraries, including USB-serial drivers for UART access, UrJTAG for JTAG, and LibMPSSE for SPI and I²C interfaces.

Crowd Supply is a product development platform offering engineers and companies a full suite of services to launch innovative products. The company offers marketing, fulfillment, crowd funding, and ongoing sales through distributors.

The creator-focused platform connects backers with exciting projects that address a market need, allowing developers to quickly validate their ideas and capitalise on high levels of interest from early adopters.

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