EVE Device Development Modules foster HMI implementation.

Press Release Summary:

While VM810C50A-D features 5.0 in. TFT display with WVGA resolution and resistive touchscreen, VM810C50A-N features 40-pin FFC interface. Latter is used to connect 4.3/5.0 in. LCD and 4-wire resistive touchscreen interface. Both models act as SPI slaves connecting to specified system MCU through SPI interface and support  FT810 series Embedded Video Engine (EVE) ICs. Features include micro speaker, audio power amp, 3-stage audio filter, audio line out option, and LCD backlight control.

Original Press Release:

FTDI Chip Introduces Development Modules for High Resolution EVE Devices

FTDI Chip continues to enlarge the development ecosystem surrounding its award-winning Embedded Video Engine (EVE) platform for advanced human machine interface (HMI) implementation. The latest additions concern the FT810 series of high resolution EVE ICs, which are now in full scale production. In order to support these devices, the company has announced the VM810C50 family of compact development modules. They extend the functionality offered by the VM800C family that accompanies the FT800 series, so that large higher clarity imagery can be rendered and faster data transfer rates benefitted from.

The VM810C50A-D features a 5.0-inch TFT display with WVGA (800x480 pixel) resolution and a resistive touchscreen. Conversely, for the VM810C50A-N, the display is not included. Instead, through use of its 40-pin FFC interface, a suitable 4.3/5.0-inch LCD (with SVGA, WVGA, VGA, WQVGA or QVGA resolutions and a 4-wire resistive touch screen interface) may be attached. This means that the appropriate display can be chosen and subsequently connected.

Both of these credit card sized units act as SPI slaves connecting to the specified system microcontroller through their single SPI interfaces. They each have a built-in micro speaker, audio power amplifier, 3-stage audio filter, an audio line out option and LCD backlight control. Power can be drawn for these modules via either the 2.0mm power jack, the USB Micro-B port or SPI interface. The SPI interface supports 5V tolerant buffers when using a 5V SPI supply.

The FT810 EVE devices from FTDI Chip combine touch, display and audio functionality on a single chip and employ the innovative approach to HMI implementation that has been pioneered by the company. Here images, templates, overlays, fonts and sounds are treated as objects. Using this object-orientated methodology, graphics can be rendered line-by-line at 1/16th pixel resolution, as opposed to pixel-by-pixel. This streamlines implementation, allowing marked reductions in cost, board real estate and system complexity. The FT810 and other members of the FT81x series are able to work with displays of up to 800x600 pixels. They have 18-bit or 24-bit RGB interfacing options, plus 1Mbytes of RAM capacity for storing graphics data. A built-in JPEG decompression engine provides better graphics data usage and enables more effective HMI implementation. These devices support multiple colour palettes of 16-bits and 32-bits with transparency. Their SPI interfaces support 30MHz operation.

For more information on the VM810C50 modules visit: www.ftdichip.com/ft81x.

About FTDI Chip

FTDI Chip develops innovative silicon solutions that enhance interaction with the latest in global technology. The major objective from the company is to ‘bridge technologies’ in order to support engineers with highly sophisticated, feature-rich, robust and simple-to-use product platforms. These platforms enable creation of electronic designs with high performance, low peripheral component requirements, low power budgets and minimal board real estate.

FTDI Chip’s long-established, continuously expanding Universal Serial Bus (USB) product line boasts such universally recognized product brands as the ubiquitous R-Chip, X-Chip, Hi-Speed and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 series. In addition to both host and bridge chips, it includes highly-integrated system solutions with built-in microcontroller functionality. The company’s Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controllers each pack display, audio and touch functionality onto a single chip. The unique, streamlined approach utilised by these ICs allow dramatic reductions in the development time and bill-of-materials costs involved in next generation Human Machine Interface (HMI) implementation. FTDI Chip also provides families of highly-differentiated, speed-optimised microcontroller units (MCUs) with augmented connectivity features, specifically designed with compatibility to its USB and Display product lines in mind. These MCUs are targeted for key applications where they can add value with their superior processing performance and high levels of operational efficiency.

FTDI Chip is a fab-less semiconductor company, partnered with the world’s leading foundries. The headquarter is located in Glasgow, UK and is supported with research and development facilities in Glasgow, Singapore and Taipei (Taiwan) plus regional sales and technical support sites in Glasgow, Taipei, Tigard (Oregon, USA) and Shanghai (China).

For more information go to http://www.ftdichip.com.

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