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 FT81X - EVE 2, the next generation

The award winning HMI Display series, EVE, has been further extended to include an additional four devices in the FT81X family. All of the new products within this range of HMI LCD solutions boast a number of additional features and performance improvements, including increased maximum screen resolution (800 x 600 pixels), faster data transfer (QSPI), and expanded main memory capacity (1 Mbyte)

The FT810Q has 18-bit RGB interfacing and resistive touch functionality, while the FT811Q has 18-bit RGB interfacing and is designed for capacitive touchscreen implementation (with provision for 5-point touch detection). These are complemented by the FT812Q and FT813Q for use respectively with resistive and capacitive touchscreens, but each with 24-bit RGB.

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Check out numerous videos on EVE’s capability.

Click here for a video showcasing EVE's abilities with demo applications.

 EVE - Display Controller

With 3 in 1 functionality including display, audio, and touch operations, engineers now have an advanced solution to easily create and output state-of-the-art interactive display systems.

EVE technology incorporates a wealth of advanced features found in both the FT80X and FT81X series:

  • Targets QVGA/WQVGA displays with 1/16th resolution
  • Maximum screen resolution 800x600 pixels (FT81X), 512x512 pixels (FT80X)
  • 18-bit (FT800, FT801, FT810, FT811) or 24-bit (FT812, FT13)RGB interfaces
  • Multiple palettes supported in 16-bit and 32-bit colours, with transparency
  • Store up to 2000 objects/commands in 8k byte display list
  • Main memory 256K (FT80X) to 1MB (FT81X)
  • FT800/FT810/FT812 with Integrated Resistive Touch Controller; FT801/FT811/FT813 with I2C capacitive touch interface
  • PWM output for programmable display brightness
  • Anti-aliasing algorithms improve display perception
  • Low-power - 24mA typical in active mode
  • Integrated audio synthesizer outputs beeps, tones or recorded audio
  • Support audio playback for PCM, 4bit ADPCM and u-Law coding formats
  • Extended temperature range: -40°C to +85°C

 Designing with EVE

The FT80x and FT81x series both offer easy to implement SPI peripherals to a main system host controller. Performing all the complex graphic rendering on a line by line basis from an object oriented display list programmed into the system MCU the FT80x and FT81x offer rich and dynamic graphic outputs with a lower cost, lower specification, 8, 16 or 32 bit MCU. Additionally the integrated touch controller for both capacitive or resistive displays may be used to enhance any HMI solution with simple touch, tracking and gesture controls, while the internal audio provides a quick and easy route to add chirps and tones to the system.

The FT81X series features 18-bit RGB interfacing in the FT810 and FT811 devices, with resistive and capacitive touch functionality respectively. The FT812 with resistive touch and FT813 with capacitive touch provide 24-bit colour interfacing. Additionally, all devices extend the host interface to include dual and quad SPI for faster data transfer.

 Design Development Support

Modules are provided in a variety of form factors for both FT80x and FT81x series devices.

FT80x Modules

FT81x Modules

A range of sample applications are available to demonstrate how to initialise the FT800/FT801 and develop display lists of primitive objects. These can be used as building blocks to create vibrant and dynamic images. Projects can be realised from a variety of tool and programming techniques, supporting anything from very basic EVE functions to sophisticated and animated, interactive demos. Click here for samples.

 EVE Applications
  • Point of Sale Machines
  • Multi-function Printers
  • Instrumentation
  • Home Security Systems
  • Graphic Touch Pad e.g. Remote, Dial Pad
  • Tele/Video Conferencing Systems
  • Phones and Switchboards
  • Medical Appliances
  • Blood Pressure Displays
  • Heart Monitors
  • Glucose Level Displays
  • Gas Chromatographs
  • Power Meter
  • Home Appliance Devices
  • Set-top boxes
  • Thermostats
  • Sprinkler System Displays
  • GPS/Satelite Navigation Systems
  • Vending Machine Control Panels
  • Elevator Controls
    ...and much more!
 EVE Third Party Support

FTDI Chip is working in partnership with MikroElektronika (MikroE), specialists in the manufacture and sale of microcontroller (MCU) development boards, accessory boards, compilers, additional software and books, to provide libraries to access the easy to use GUI based tool, Visual TFT. This tool allows users to develop display images that can be compiled for numerous system MCUs. The EVE library from MikroE consists of 12 components which support a wide range of EVE features and assist in GUI design, including EVEClock, EVEGradient, EVEScrollbar and EVEProgressBar.

The tool allows engineers to create imagery for the processor by simply dragging and dropping objects into a palette, which is then converted automatically to code. Thisis then assembled by the extensive list of compilers supported by MikroE and further edited if required.

Riverdi is an innovative company which uses cutting-edge technologies to provide solutions  meeting today's end user demands. Within its first few years on the market, Riverdi has managed to develop its own process of TFT modules production in Shezhen and Poland which guarantees the highest quality whilst remaining cost efficient.

 Riverdi offers a wide range of TFT modules with distinguishing high-tech features and modern designs. Amongst the products, customers can find displays with different diagonals (e.g. 3.5", 4.3", 5.0" and 7.0"), controllers (FT8xx, SSD1963), with or without touchscreens (resistive or capacitive), with or without montage frames, and much more. Riverdi also offers customised versions of their products and professional technical support. In addition, they provide clients with various development tools such as the Riverdi Revelation Board, Hermes Board and MikroE Riverdi Click, to facilitate work with their TFT modules. All of the products utilise industrial grade materials and components, thus can be used in both consumer and industrial projects. To find out more, please visit http://www.riverdi.com/.

4D Systems, a global leader in the research, development and manufacture of intelligent graphic solutions, has utilised the FT800 in a number of their products to produce unique display systems. The 4DLCD-FT843 product connects to any system with an SPI interface to bring state-of-the-art display, audio and touch capabilities into the end product which enables engineers to rapidly create high quality Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs).

In addition, an Arduino shield aptly named 'ADAM' (Arduino Display Adapter Module) provides users with the capability to interface with the 4DLCD-FT832 intelligent SPI display.

4D Systems EVE development platform

For information on EVE support from 4D systems please visit www.4dsystems.com.au

 EVE in the Marketplace

In this section, design applications are highlighted for the user's reference, so that designers can see how EVE technology is being utilized. FTDI Chip offers no warranties or guarantees for these products, but provides the data for your information.


Following from the huge success of the original Gameduino, which brought vintage gaming to Arduino, a second edition of the shield has been released. The Gameduino 2 completely converts the Arduino into a comprehensive portable modern gaming system through the incorporation of the FT800 device with EVE technology.

Utilising the FT800, the device's graphics engine becomes more sophisticated and advanced, whilst still maintaining ease of use. This system allows simplified JPEG loading, can support alpha transparency and boasts a complete 32-bit colour portfolio. An SPI peripheral like its predecessor, developers can build onto the platform that includes a comprehensive feature set: touch control; a 3-axis accelerometer; microSD storage; headphone audio output and clear graphics on a sleek 4.3" display.

Please click here to access an article providing a detailed analysis and commentary on the Gameduino 2 and EVE.

A Gameduino 2 Tutorial, Reference and Cookbook is also available. This comprehensive guide to Gameduino 2 explains how to use the hardware's powerful features to create interactive graphical games. For more information or to order please click here.

For full detail on the Gameduino 2, please visit http://excamera.com/sphinx/gameduino2/

Leading distributor GLYN GmbH & Co. KG have compiled a quick start EVE kit in the EVB-EVE-FT800-V1, a simple kit which requires no previous knowledge or experience and allows users to create attractive graphic solutions in minutes.

The full Glyn kit contains:
• Development board with EVE graphics controller, voltage regulator and audio amplifier
• A direct connection for use with Glyn MCU boards and GlYN / EDT display families
• A GLYN software package, completely compatible with the FTDI Chip Programming Guide for the FT800
For more information or to order, please click here.

Svet Electronike magazine has featured a series of articles around EVE programming. To access the series please click here. For more information on Svet Electronike please visit http://www.svet-el.si/o-reviji/programiranje

BASCOM-AVR is a BASIC Programming Compiler (not an Interpreter) for the AVR microcontroller family including Development tools and Integrated support for hardware such as UART, I2C, 1WIRE, TCP/IP, DMX, IR, Keyboards and a number of LCD displays along with a Powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Bascom-AVR has added support for the excellent FT800 Graphics chip, which has a rich library of high and low level command support. It includes over 70 demos for the user to play and experiment with and has a comprehensive help file. You can view the Online Help file at http://avrhelp.mcselec.com/index.html?ft800.htm  (click on the FT800 label on the left to expand titles).

Visit the BASCOM-AVR website at http://www.mcselec.com/.

All over the world, engineers are using EVE in their system design.

MLX90620 with FT800 Display controller and MBED - Demonstration of the FTDI Chip’s EVE technology with the Melexis MLX90620 thermopile array(16x4 pixel thermal sensor). The data is read out of the sensor via I2C using an MBED KL25Z board. The LCD display is driven over SPI using the FT800 EVE controller.

Click here to access a blog from a user working with EVE to create a programming library for hobbyists.

Click here to view a user video illustrating widget use and control menus.


Additional application notes available here.

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