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Tigard Easy-to-Use Open Source Hardware Hacking Tool Now Available from Crowd Supply

January 21, 2021 – Crowd Supply, the leading product development platform connecting hardware creators with early adopters and enthusiastic backers, announces the successful launch of Tigard, an open source, multi-protocol, multi-voltage tool for hardware hacking. Tigard is versatile and easy to use, combining support for the most-used interfaces and most-needed features in a single device. Specifically, the FT2232H-based serial converter board is designed to attach to, and communicate with, low-speed interfaces on reverse-engineered hardware targets. And it’s accessible enough to make an ideal first tool for newcomers to hardware hacking.

Tigard was developed by, who raised nearly $80,000 USD in their successful Crowd Supply campaign. Backers were impressed with Tigard’s labelled wiring harness, commonly used pin-outs, onboard level shifting, and logic analyzer connection. Backers also appreciated Tigard’s native support for hardware tools like FlashROM and OpenOCD, its USB Type C high-speed interface and the on-board FTDI FT2232HQ USB Hi-Speed–to–multipurpose UART/FIFO IC. The board features high-performance directional level-shifters to support operation from 1.8 to 5.5V and is designed to work as-is with multiple tools and software libraries, including USB-serial drivers for UART access, UrJTAG for JTAG, and LibMPSSE for SPI and I²C interfaces.

One of the latest hardware projects launched through Crowd Supply, Tigard was recently featured in Hackster, which lauded the device as the “do-it-all, USB-to-anything serial converter board of our dreams!”

To learn more about Tigard, visit

About Crowd Supply
Crowd Supply is the only product development platform offering engineers and companies a full suite of services to successfully launch their innovative products, including marketing, fulfillment, crowdfunding, 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 capitalize on high levels of interest from early adopters. With a commitment to user rights and a laser focus on successful delivery, Crowd Supply is the future of product development. For more information, visit

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