FTDI joins ADAM with EVE

Arduino Display Adaptor Module

Arduino Display Adaptor Module

FTDI and 4D Systems have brought out to new additions to their recent 4DLCD-FT843 intelligent display solution with FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE), where display, audio and touch functionality are integrated onto a single chip.

Profiting from the novel object-oriented approach employed by EVE, this combined product offering presents design engineers with a foundation on which to construct human machine interfaces (HMIs) in a quick and trouble-free manner.

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The first of these new products is a compact Arduino-compatible shield named ADAM (Arduino Display Adaptor Module), which has been developed specifically to interface with the 4DLCD-FT843 – permitting communication between it and the Arduino via the SPI interface. With dimensions of just 47.5mm x 53.4mm, the shield is suitable for use with Arduino Uno, Due, Duemilanove, Leonardo, Mega 1280/2560 and Pro 5V, as well as variety of popular Arduino clones. It has a micro-SD card that provides the Arduino-based display system with capacious data storage.

Through this the 4DLCD-FT843 can retrieve objects (such as images, sounds, fonts, etc.). Drawing power from the Arduino’s 5V bus, ADAM regulates the 4DLCD-FT843’s supply to 3.3V. The FT800 EVE controller can deal with many of the graphics functions that would otherwise need to be undertaken by the Arduino.

ADAM is complemented by the 4DLCD-FT843-Breakout. With a footprint of 26.5mm x 12mm, this is a simple breakout module that allows the 4DLCD-FT843 to be attached to a general host or breadboard for prototyping purposes. It features a 10-way FPC connection for attachment with the 4DLCD-FT843, along with a 10-way, 2.54mm pitch male pin header for connection directly to the host board. An operational temperature range of -10°C to +70°C is supported by both these new products.

The EVE-driven 4DLCD-FT843, which was released last month, has a 4.3” TFT QWVGA display with a 4-wire resistive touch screen. It features a 64 voice polyphonic sound synthesizer, a mono PWM audio output, a programmable interrupt controller, a PWM dimming controller for the display’s backlight, plus a convenient flexible ribbon connector.

“The on-going collaboration between 4D Systems’ and FTDI Chip’s engineering teams is enabling the EVE platform to gain ever greater market traction. The comprehensive product offering that has resulted brings all the pieces of the jigsaw together, empowering engineers in the seamless integration of advanced display technology,” says Fred Dart, CEO and founder of FTDI Chip.

FTDI develops innovative silicon and software solutions capable of enhancing the way that people interact with today’s technology.

Through application of its “made easy” principle, FTDI supports engineers with simple-to-use and robust product platforms which enable the creation of electronic designs that have higher performance, fewer peripheral components and lower power budgets, as well as utilising less board space.

These products are focussed on making advancements two fundamental areas; the transferring of data between electronic devices via Universal Serial Bus (USB) interconnects and Graphic User Interface (GUI) implementation.

Its long-established and ever expanding USB portfolio, which comes with proven, ready-to-use, royalty-free firmware and driver support for all major operating systems, includes peripheral, host and bridge chips, as well as highly integrated system solutions with built-in microcontroller functionality.

These are complemented by its graphic controllers which, which by taking a unique, more streamlined approach, allow engineers to dramatically reduce the development time and bill-of-materials costs involved in implementing next generation GUIs. They combine display, audio and touch functionality in a single compact package and are offered along with an array of development modules and software.

FTDI Chip, a fabless semiconductor company, is headquartered in Glasgow with R& D facilities in Glasgow, Singapore and Taipei and regional sales and technical support sites in Glasgow, Taipei, Portland (Oregon, USA) and Shanghai (China).

4D Systems develops and manufactures intelligent graphics solutions, specialising in OLED and LCD technology with embedded custom graphics processors that deliver standalone functionality to suit the application needs of customers, from large scale companies requiring an embedded design to electronics hobbyists.

Tags: 4D Systems, FTDI

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