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  BREAKING NEWS: Capacitive touch FT801 added to EVE portfolio

FTDI Chip is proud to announce the expansion of the award-winning Embedded Video Engine (EVE) series with the addition of the FT801, which supports intelligent display implementations with capacitive touch screens.

The FT800 and FT801 both simplify the system architecture for advanced human machine interfaces (HMIs) by providing functionality for display, audio, and touch as well as an object oriented architecture approach that extends from display creation to the rendering of the graphics. The FT800 does this for resistive touchscreens, and the FT801 brings together the functionality and system benefits of EVE together with the increased brightness, interactivity and vividness associated with capacitive touchscreen technology.

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EVE Block Diagram
 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 FT800 and FT801 series:

  • Targets QVGA/WQVGA displays with 1/16th resolution, maximum 512x512 resolution
  • 18-bit interface with 2-bit colour dither offering 262k colour palette with 24-bit quality
  • Store up to 2000 objects/commands in 8k byte display list
  • FT800 with Integrated touch controller; FT801 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

Key features of the FT801 include:

  • Capacitive touch screen support with up to 5 touches and gesture detection
  • Hardware engine to recognise touch tracks and track touch movement, which can provide notification for up to 255 touch tags
  • Enhanced sketch processing
  • Programmable interrupt controller providing interrupts to host MPU/MCU
  • Full functionality without the requirement of frame buffer RAM
  • Advanced object oriented architecture, enabling use of low cost MPU/MCU as system host, using I2C (clocking up to 3.4MHz) and SPI (up to 30MHz) interfaces
  • Support for both Mutual and Projected Capacitive Touch display controller

 Designing with EVE

The FT800 readily integrates into systems via either SPI or I2C interface, and connects directly to the display panel and audio speakers. The design flow is outlined below and is similar to incorporating a peripheral into an embedded, microcontroller architecture. The FT800 uses an object oriented approach in creating a display list for visual, touch, and audio playback. This allows for rapid creation of complex images over a low bandwidth interface from a lower cost, standard/current host CPU (eg; 8 bit micro-controller).

The FT801 can be easily interfaced to a capacitive touch controller via an I2C interface. The capacitive touch panel module (CTPM) asserts an interrupt when a touch is detected, when the FT801 will read via I2C. The FT801 supports a Compatibility mode, where existing FT800 application code can be run, and Extended Mode, which supports multi-touch sensing (up to 5) and gesturing.

 Design Development Support

Modules are provided in a variety of form factors from FTDI Chip as well as key third parties to assist with design and development. Click on the images below to access more information.

VM800P - Plus Modules VM800B - Basic Modules VM800BU - Basic USB Modules   VM800C - Credit Card Modules

Modules are provided in a variety of form factors from FTDI Chip as well as key third parties to assist with design and development. Click on the images below to access more information.

VM801P - Capacitive Touch Plus Modules VM801B - Capacitive Touch Basic 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. To download sample applications, click on the links below.

  • Example 1 - FT_App_Clocks  
  • Example 2 - FT_App_FTclock*  
  • Example 3 - FT_App_Gauges  
  • Example 4 - FT_App_Gradient*  
  • Example 5 - FT_App_Imageviewer*  
  • Example 6 - FT_App_Keyboard*  
  • Example 7 - FT_App_MainMenu  
  • Example 8 - FT_App_Metaballs*  
  • Example 9 - FT_App_Music*  
  • Example 10 - FT_App_Player*  
  • Example 11 - FT_App_RotaryDial*  
  • Example 12 - FT_App_Signals*  
  • Example 13 - FT_App_Signature  
  • Example 14 - FT_App_Sketch  
  • Example 15 - FT_App_Logos*  
  • Example 16 - Jackpot*  
  • Example 17 - Restaurant*  
  • Example 18 - Washing Machine*  
  • Example 19 - Refrigerator*  
  • Example 20 - FT_Dials*  
  • Example 21 - FT_Chinese Font*  
  • Example 22 - FT_Lift*  
  • Example 23 FT_Graph**  
  • Example 24- FT_Polygon**  
  • EVE utilities for Image, Font and Audio Conversion  
  • * Support for FT800 only

    **Support for FT801 only

    FTDI Chip has partnered with MikroElectronika (ME) who specialise in the manufacture and sale of microcontroller development boards, accessory boards, compilers, additional software and books. The EVE library integrated into Visual TFT, offering a drag and drop tool flow, consists of many new components which support a number of EVE features and assist in GUI design, including; EVEClock, EVEGradient, EVEScrollbar and EVEProgressBar. Visit www.mikroe.com for detailed information on EVE support from ME.

    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 makes, offers no warranties or guarantees for these products, but provides the data for your information.


    Following Gameduino, which brought vintage gaming to Arduino, a second edition of the shield has been released. This new version completely converts the Arduino into a comprehensive portable modern gaming system through the incorporation of the FT800 device with EVE technology.

    Utilising the FT800, 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 information 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 Glyn EVB-EVE-FT800-V1 contains everything that is necessary for development with EVE:
    • Development board with Eve graphics controller, voltage regulator and audio amplifier.
    • Direct connection for Glyn MCU boards and Glyn / EDT display family.
    • Glyn software package, compatible with FTDI Programming Guide.
    For more information or to order, please click here.

    TFT module manufacturer RIVERDI utilises the FT800 and FT801 controllers in a number of their products – with 12 models currently available.
    These displays are ideal for use in industrial applications, and include the following features:

    • On-board FT800 or FT801 controller and LED converter
    • No touch/resistive/projected capacitive touch model options
    • One of the first displays in the world that fully use FT801 potential with capacitive touch panel
    • Mounting frames for easy home/office integration available
    • 20pin all-in-one connector provides communication with the FT800/FT801, backlight inverter power
    • Two popular screen sizes available: 3.5” (320x240px) and 4.3” (480x272px)

    For more information, 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.


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