[hackerspaces] Getting some USB Product IDs

Martin Ling martin-hackerspaces at earth.li
Fri Sep 6 11:16:55 CEST 2013

Update: it appears one company is still selling PIDs under their own VID
for 9.95 EUR each, noting that there were no such conditions when they
bought their VID and the USB-IF can't change the contract after the sale
under Netherlands law. :-)


Go forth and make USB widgets!


On Fri, Sep 06, 2013 at 10:10:41AM +0100, Martin Ling wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 06, 2013 at 10:38:57AM +0200, Alexander Dahl wrote:
> > 
> > while playing around with USB on ATtiny85 I had a look how USB Vendor
> > IDs are assigned and found them to be really expensive, enough you
> > wouldn't get one for your hackerspace, it's simply too much money. Are
> > there institutions already having a Vendor ID which would give you some
> > (few) PIDs for your own devices for a lower price?
> There used to be - voti.nl bought a VID and sold PIDs for a small price,
> but was forced to stop after the USB-IF threatened legal action.
> http://www.voti.nl/docs/usb-pid.html
> It does seem to be de facto accepted by the USB-IF for manufacturers of
> USB-capable chips to resell PIDs under their own VID - just not for a
> VID holder to sell PIDs without accompanying hardware.
> This is exceptionally stupid given that there are only 64K VIDs, they
> are reportedly running low already, and most do not have more than a
> handful of PIDs used.
> Since you are using Atmel chips I would contact Atmel and see what
> arrangements they have for registering a PID under the Atmel VID. If
> they are not helpful, there are other manufacturers who are.
> Martin
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