Good product over all. The GUI program is far from easy to get working and is impossible to use on windows 10. Once you do get it working on Linux it won't read or write to the device at all. Overall it's a good device but the lack of documentation is a little annoying.
We agree that getting the GUI working on windows 10 is far from easy, that's why we're rewritting it in C++ using libusb1.0. This allows us to provide an easy installer, you can follow the progress here: https://github.com/oyzzo/MemTypeTool/tree/rewrite/MemTypeManager
The documentation can be found here (we'll keep improving it): http://www.area0x33.com/documentation/memtype.html
Remember you can also reach us by a mail to info (at) area0x33 (dot) com, we're always happy to help and learn from your comments.
I got the product within a reasonable amount of time, although it got checked at the post office so it probably took more time than it should have, so ignore my rating for shipping.
I also didn't have to communicate with them about any problems or things like that, so ignore my rating for communication.
It works well, except for the fact that the MemTypeTool didn't work for me on Windows 10, and it only had a text file with the requirements, so I had to use an Ubuntu virtual machine to put passwords on the device and change the pin.
I currently only use it for my most important passwords, because it's a bit annoying to take out and use the joystick for the pin, but that's a thing you sacrifice for the pretty low price and the compactness.
Also, the product feels a bit unprotected as it is pretty much just a bare PCB, but I'm sure I'll be able to find a 3d printed case or even try to design one myself. Again, something that is sacrificed for the low price.
We are making a new GUI with newer libusb that allows us to provide an easy installer for windows users, you can follow the progress here: https://github.com/oyzzo/MemTypeTool/tree/rewrite/MemTypeManager
We're close to have an original solution to protect a little bit the MemType PCB. More news about it comming soon :)
The Memtype is a fantastic little device. Installing the MemtypeTool took a bit of research though. From what I could find, there doesn't seem to exist a version of libusb-win32 that is compatible with 64 bit Windows 10. As far as I can tell, this effectively makes putting credentials on the Memtype impossible on Windows 10. After installing the Memtype Tool on a Linux netbook with no issues, everything worked fine and I've very much enjoyed using it.
We're writting from scratch a GUI with newer version of libusb to support windows 8/10 without problems, this rewrite also allows us to provide an easy installer for windows users as well as new features.
You can follow the progress here: https://github.com/oyzzo/MemTypeTool/tree/rewrite/MemTypeManager
In order to use it in productive/work environment a backup option is needed. Thus the export button of memtypetool needs a way to encrypt the output. Reported in https://github.com/oyzzo/MemTypeTool/issues/12
Bought the AreaCPDL to see if a CPLD could be a cheaper/simpler solution to a problem that a FPGA was working in but had more capability then required to replace the hardwired logic chips that would have been need to do the job. One of the main reasons I decided to try a AreaCPDL was the CPLD used in it was a from a manufacture that looked like it was backing development with the CPLD with a very strong free version of software that should be fine for small projects and manageable for a newbie in FPGA/CPLD development. Also when I sent an email asking a question on a detail about the AreaCPDL I did get a response from Area0X33 and my questions after receiving the board have also been answered. Am having some things that need to be worked as I get up to speed on using the board but so far think it’s the right choice and not looking to change course. Gus_IA_USA