Working in close cooperation 4D Systems and FTDI Chip have added to the recently announced 4DLCD-FT843 intelligent display solution – which incorporates the FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE), where display, audio and touch functionality are integrated onto a single chip – with the introduction of two further products.
Building on the object-oriented approach employed by EVE, this combined product is able to offer design engineers a foundation on which to construct new and compelling human machine interfaces (HMIs) quickly and efficiently.
The first of these new products is a compact Arduino-compatible shield named ADAM (Arduino Display Adaptor Module), which has been developed 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 significantly more data storage capacity. 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 integration of advanced display technology,” said Fred Dart, CEO and founder of FTDI Chip.
“Thanks to these two new additional items of hardware, plus the accompanying software support, we can now furnish the Arduino development environment with a way in which to accomplish next generation HMI implementation while minimising the associated expense and allocated engineering resource,” explained Atilla Aknar, 4D Systems’ CEO.