Data Centre Server

Typical applications in Data Center Servers are listed below and FTDI ICs play a crucial role in these applications.


    • Serial Console Management

FTDI ICs can be used to manage multiple serial console ports for monitoring and configuring servers.


    • JTAG Debugging

Useful for debugging server hardware using the JTAG interface, which is critical for diagnosing and resolving hardware issues and can be provided with FTDI ICs.


    • Firmware Updates

Facilitates the process of updating firmware for various components within the server.


    • Peripheral Interfacing

Allows servers to communicate with various peripherals through SPI, I2C or UART interfaces.


    • KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) Over IP

Can be part of a KVM over IP solution to manage servers remotely.


    • Sensor Integration

Connects to various sensors (e.g., temperature, humidity) within the server to monitor environmental conditions.


    • Network Equipment Management

Manages network switches and routers that are often part of a data center infrastructure.


Integration Considerations for this type of application are listed below.

    • Driver Support

Ensure that the server operating system supports the drivers. FTDI provides drivers for Windows, Linux and macOS as standard.


    • Power Requirements

Verify the power requirements and ensure they are met by the server’s power supply.


    • Physical Connectivity

Plan for the physical connections needed for the USB interface and any other interfaces the FTDI IC will connect to.


    • Software Integration

Develop or integrate software that can communicate with the FTDI IC for data transfer and management tasks.


    • Security

Implement necessary security measures to protect the communication channels facilitated by the FTDI IC.



The FT4232H is a USB 2.0 high-speed (480Mb/s) to UART / MPSSE solution, offering four independent channels. It is a versatile and robust solution, widely used in various applications, including data center servers. Here’s a detailed look at how the FT4232H can be integrated into a data center server environment:


    • Four Independent Channels

Each channel can be individually configured as UART, JTAG, SPI, I2C or bit-bang mode.


    • High-Speed USB 2.0

Provides data transfer rates up to 480Mb/s, ensuring efficient communication.


    • Flexible Interface Options

Supports UART, JTAG, SPI, I2C and bit-bang modes, making it adaptable to various protocols.


    • Integrated Clock Generation

Reduces the need for external clock components.


    • MPSSE Engine

The Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE) can be used to emulate synchronous serial protocols such as JTAG, SPI and I2C.


    • GPIO Support

Provides additional general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins.


    • Power Management

Includes a range of power management features to optimize energy consumption.


The FT4232H is a highly capable IC for managing and interfacing various components within a data center server environment. Its versatility and robust feature set make it an ideal choice for handling multiple serial communications, debugging and peripheral management tasks. When integrating the FT4232H into a server setup, consider the driver support, power requirements, physical connectivity, software integration and security to ensure a smooth and effective deployment.


The below block diagram shows multiple network ports with multiple UART ports and remote control.


Recommended ICs:

FT232H / FT2232H / FT4232H