Press Release Summary:
Able to be programmed via Arduino IDE, VM800P series provides engineers with everything necessary to implement effective HMIs: FTDI Chip FT800 EVE graphic controller IC, FT232R USB interface IC, ATMEGA328P 8-bit RISC-based MCU (16 MHz), touch-enabled display LCD panel (3.5, 4.3, and 5.0 in.), backlight LED driver, audio PA, and micro speaker. Micro-SD socket is complemented by 4 GB SD card, which contains 50+ pre-loaded Embedded Video Engine (EVE) sample applications.
Original Press Release:
Feature-Packed Arduino-Compatible Display System Development Solutions
Integrating display, audio & touch capabilities coupled with microcontroller functionality to facilitate superior HMI construction
FTDI Chip further expands its range of products supporting those working with the company's award-winning Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology, by introducing a series of easy to use Arduino-compatible development platforms. The VM800P series (where P signifies PLUS) is a unique offering which furnishes engineers with everything necessary to implement more effective human machine interfaces (HMIs) – including not only display, audio and touch elements, but data processing aspects too. These units can be programmed via the Arduino IDE (using a pre-programmed Arduino-compatible bootloader), thereby taking advantage of the popularity that this open source development ecosystem now has amongst the global electronic engineering community. In addition, over 50 EVE sample applications are provided, categorised into basic, intermediate and advanced levels. These include straight forward gauges and keyboards through to white goods/industrial controls.
With comprehensive support for various Arduino libraries provided, every VM800P incorporates an FTDI Chip FT800 EVE graphic controller IC and its FT232R USB interface IC, as well as an ATMEGA328P 8-bit RISC-based microcontroller (running at 16MHz). Also featured are a touch-enabled display LCD panel, a backlight LED driver and an audio power amplifier along with a micro speaker. A choice of 3.5-inch, 4.3-inch and 5.0-inch display formats is available, replete with precision fitted bezels that help to ensure continued operation even in uncompromising industrial application settings.
On top of the array of other items included, all VM800P units have a USB serial port for firmware upload and application communication, a battery-backed real time clock (RTC) for carrying out system timing and a micro-SD socket which is complemented by a 4GByte SD card containing the pre-loaded sample applications. These Arduino-compatible display system development platforms run off a standard 5V which can be delivered via a micro-USB cable or directly from an external supply.
"The impact of the Arduino phenomenon has been far reaching. It presents engineers with a powerful and extremely flexible foundation on which to create exciting new design implementations and now we are harnessing this in relation to our EVE technology," states Paul Huang, Display Product Line Manager at FTDI Chip. "With the VM800P series, we are bringing to market something far more impressive than simple development boards. These PLUS boards are able to give engineers much more. They are complete stand-alone display sub-systems based on Arduino with all the attributes necessary to create game-changing HMIs - from the initial conception phase right through to final deployment. They can be utilised solely for development purposes or alternatively they will be easy for engineering teams to integrate into end product designs if this is preferred."
Unit pricing for the VM800P series begins at $89.00. Arduino libraries, software and support documentation are provided free of charge. For more information on these products visit: http://www.ftdichip.com/EVE.htm
About FTDI Chip
FTDI Chip specialises in the design and delivery of advanced silicon and software solutions. The company focuses on providing engineers with feature-rich, easy to use, robust products that will speed to market and reduce development costs. Widely recognised for its broad portfolio of Universal Serial Bus (USB) products, FTDI Chip can offer a simple route to USB migration by combining easy-to-implement ICs with proven, ready-to-use, royalty-free firmware and driver software. It has everything from simple bridge devices for converting USB from RS232, RS422, RS485, I2C, SPI, etc, to highly integrated system solutions with built in microcontrollers and sophisticated development platforms.
FTDI Chip has now further expanded its "made easy" philosophy, with the addition of simple to use display controllers that combine display, audio and touch functionality in a single compact package with accompanying development software, for creating Graphic User Interfaces (GUIs) suitable for a wide variety of low-power microcontrollers.
FTDI Chip is a fab-less semiconductor company, headquartered in Glasgow, UK, with research and development facilities located in Glasgow, Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan, plus regional sales and technical support sites in Glasgow; Portland, Oregon, USA; Shanghai, China; and Taipei.
More information is available at http://www.ftdichip.com
Regional sales offices and distributor lists are available at http://www.ftdichip.com/FTSalesNetwork.htm
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