FTDI Chip NEW TECHNOLOGY RELEASE 26th February 2013
Launched at Embedded World 2013, FTDI Chip has taken its first steps into another vital application sector, addressing the need for easy to design, advanced forms of human-machine interaction; with the technology release of EVE, Embedded Video Engine series and the initial chip offering the FT800.
The FT800 combines display, audio, and touch into a single chip, providing an optimized solution that reduces power, board area, BOM costs, and much more. EVE provides a high quality graphic solution, check out this new technology in action (3.3 minute video).
Check out numerous videos on EVE’s capability.
EVE - Embedded Video Engine, LCD Controller
FTDI Chip is redefining the cost and quality paradigm for graphic user interface (GUI) development with the introduction of the FT800, Embedded Video Engine (EVE). 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. Targeted at QVGA and WQVGA TFT display panels, EVE’s object orientated approach eliminates the traditional frame buffer memory as it renders an image, on a line by line basis, to 1/16th pixel resolution. Simply, initialize the object memory, then control the objects and their attributes by creating and manipulating a small display list buffer, which can be done even with a low-end 8-bit CPU. The embedded audio controller allows midi-like sounds or PCM audio playback. Packaged in a space-saving 48LD QFN package, the FT800 comes preloaded with a useful set of fonts and sounds in ROM, making it suitable for many applications.
Targeted at QVGA and WQVGA resolution TFT displays with parallel RGB interface
Dithering hardware provides 24-bit (true colour) support on an 18-bit interface
Low-power - 35mA typical in active mode down, and 25uA in sleep mode
Widgets (innovation mechanisms) allow easy creation of complex objects (e.g analog clocks)
Integrated audio output - play beeps, tones or recorded audio
SPI or I2C interface to system microcontroller
Space saving 48LD QFN package
EVE’s Development Support
An extensive programming guide with source code and application notes have been created so that experienced developers can create their own unique displays list and incorporate with microcontroller tool environments to produce complete graphics systems.
GUI based tool (Visual TFT)
FTDI Chip has collaborated with MikroElektronika to provide libraries to access their easy to use GUI based too, Visual TFT, for developing display images that can be compiled for numerous system microcontrollers.
The tools allow for users to drag and drop objects onto a palette to create the image that the processor must display. The Visual TFT tool will convert this graphical input to text code which may be compiled by the many compilers supported by MikroElektronika. Code may be further edited in the text editor to alter the objects placed on the palette (e.g. colour, location, attributes, etc).
MikroElektronika are further supporting EVE with the release of affordable development tools, the ConnectEVE and EVE Click boards, both exclusively designed to support the revolutionary FT800 display controller IC, bringing fast and visually stunning user interfaces to your devices.
MikroElektronika's affordable development tools and Visual TFT are now available to purchase from the MikroElektronika website.
EVE Information Request
Discover how easy display development can be with EVE, the Embedded Video Engine from FTDI Chip. The FT800 is currently sampling and completing the production release process. At this time, FTDI Chip is focussing on strategic opportunities, with plans to support mass market release later in 2013.