Easy-to-use open-source hardware hacking tool now available

27-01-2021 | Crowd Supply | Design & Manufacture

Crowd Supply has successfully launched Tigard, an open-source, multi-protocol, multi-voltage tool for hardware hacking. Tigard is versatile and simple to use, consolidating support for the most-used interfaces and most-needed features in a single device. Particularly, the FT2232H-based serial converter board is created to attach to, and communicate with, low-speed interfaces on reverse-engineered hardware targets. And it’s accessible enough to make an excellent first tool for newcomers to hardware hacking.


The tool was developed by SecuringHardware.com, who raised nearly USD 80,000 in their successful Crowd Supply campaign. Backers were impressed with the company's labelled wiring harness, onboard level shifting, commonly used pin-outs, and logic analyser connection. Backers also appreciated the company'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 highlights high-performance directional level-shifters to support operation from 1.8V to 5.5V and is created 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.

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