FT81X - EVE 2, the next generation - available NOW
FTDI Chip is pleased to announce that it's award winning HMI
Display series, EVE, has been further extended to include an additional four devices
in the FT81X family. Available now, all of the new
products within this range of HMI LCD solutions boast
a number of new 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.
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.
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.
Point of Sale Machines
Home Security Systems
Graphic Touch Pad e.g. Remote, Dial Pad
Tele/Video Conferencing Systems
Phones and Switchboards
Blood Pressure Displays
Glucose Level Displays
Home Appliance Devices
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
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.
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.
TFT module manufacturer
Riverdi’s Revelation board is an evaluation tool which is designed to help
with development when working with Riverdi TFT panels featuring an FT800/FT801 controller. It can also be used as a platform
for engineers to build their own application. The board is based upon a
Evaluation of display brightness and quality of colours
Provides the ability to becomg familiarised with the FT800/FT801 controller and embedded widgets
Resistive and capacitive touch panel options
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.
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.
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).
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.