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28 Jan 2014

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Company 4D Systems launches on the market a powerful graphic processor Diablo 16, suitable even for larger displays and powerful embedded applications.

After a success of Goldelox and Picaso processors, company 4D Systems decided to design a processor which would be powerful enough for demanding graphic applications and also usable on larger displays. Processors Goldelox and mainly Picaso are still perspective everywhere, where they´re sufficient by their power and memory , but for example they´re not suitable for 7“ displays. That´s why the 16 bit processor Diablo16 comes on the market. What does it bring? It could be said, that increase of computing power and functionality in almost all ways. More possibilities, substantially more Flash and RAM,…

A good news is, that also the Diablo 16 has a core designed for execution of programs in the 4DGL language, similarly like processors Picaso or Goldelox. The 4DGL language (4D graphic language) is a powerful, high-level language, which however maintains user friendliness and it´s easy to learn. A big advantage is, that a powerful software package for development of graphic applications – Workshop4 IDE is usable also for the Diablo 16 and it´s completely for free.

Together with a new processors, there´s also available a ready-made graphic module uLCD70DT (7“, 800×480), ready for immediate usage.

Further information will provide you the attached pictures Diablo16 and uLCD70, as well as documents Diablo16 datasheet, Diablo16 internal functions and uLCD70DT datasheet.

2,3,4 … 7 inches will display more - [Link]

28 Jan 2014

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Software simulator for Electronic Assembly display EA DOG series will bring you a clear image about possibilities of this favorite series.

Usually, when we start working with some monochromatic display with a color backlight, we have to imagine which combination of display/ backlight would suit us the best. It isn´t hard but for sure even here is valid, that “it´s better to see once than to hear three times”.

For this purpose will serve well a simple application StartDog, in which you can “try” for free various EA DOG series displays in combination with various color backlight (including RGB). This application will simplify you choice of a display without useless expenses. Besides a possibility to choice types themselves (with various resolution), it´s also possible to choose 4 basic kinds of “glasses”: STN positive Y/G, STN negative blue, FSTN positive and FSTN negative.

Application StartDog also cooperates with the EA9780-2USB development board and so the text or image displayed on your PC can be seen also on the EA DOG series display.

Detailed information will provide you the EA DOG flyer and the EA9780 user manual.

Start with the EA DOG displays for free - [Link]

22 Jan 2014

raspberry_pi_pi-camMake your own digital camera using Raspberry Pi

This learning project from Adafruit describes how to make your own point-and-shoot digital camera using the Raspberry Pi board. In addition, you will also need the Raspberry Pi Camera Board, a TFT touchscreen, a battery pack and a Wifi adapter to automatically transfer pictures to another PC for editing.

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Make your own digital camera using Raspberry Pi - [Link]

22 Dec 2013

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Flat displays of the EA DOG series are now available even with a bigger resolution or with more characters.

EADOG series is familiar to many of you and probably it´s your favorite one from these main reasons:

  • displays are unusually flat (thin)
  • the have a very low power consumption of 100-s uA (without backlight)
  • wide possibilities of backlight, monochrome and also RGB
  • some types are well legible even without backlight
  • simple communication through 4/8 bit or SPI interface and newly even I2C

So far, types with up to 128x64px or 3×16 characters were available. The most recent additions to the EADOG family are bigger types with resolution of 160x104px (EADOGXL160), 240x64px (EADOGM240), 240x128px (EADOGXL240) and 4×20 characters (EADOGM204) and appropriate backlight modules EALED66x40, EALED94x40 and EALED94x67. Also these new types maintain a low profile – only 5.8 or 6.5mm with backlighting. A positivity is that even these new types are based on standard LCD controllers.

A guide at a choice of a suitable combination of display +backlight will provide you the application described in our article - Start with the EA DOG displays for free.

EA DOG displays with a minimal power consumption now available in bigger sizes - [Link]


19 Dec 2013

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Software simulator for Electronic Assembly display EA DOG series will bring you a clear image about possibilities of this favorite series. 

Usually, when we start working with some monochromatic display with a color backlight, we have to imagine which combination of display/ backlight would suit us the best. It isn´t hard but for sure even here is valid, that “it´s better to see once than to hear three times”.

For this purpose will serve well a simple application StartDog, in which you can “try” for free various EA DOG series displays in combination with various color backlight (including RGB). This application will simplify you choice of a display without useless expenses. Besides a possibility to choice types themselves (with various resolution), it´s also possible to choose 4 basic kinds of “glasses”: STN positive Y/G, STN negative blue,  FSTN positive and FSTN negative.
Application StartDog also cooperates with the EA9780-2USB development board and so the text or image displayed on your PC can be seen also on the EA DOG series display.

Detailed information will provide you the EA DOG flyer and the EA9780 user manual.
In case of interest in the EA9780 development board abd the EA DOG series displays, please contact us at info@soselectronic.com.

Start with the EA DOG displays for free – [Link]

4 Dec 2013

Tutorial on how to make your own custom LCD at home!

DIY Custom LCD - [Link]

19 Nov 2013
Atmel’s Core-A5-based MPU handles displays up to 2048 × 2048

Atmel’s Core-A5-based MPU handles displays up to 2048 × 2048

By Jim Harrison:

The human-machine interface, once simply known as an “operator panel” or “terminal”, is changing rapidly, due to the graphical, visual way operators now interact with an industrial machine or process. At one time, designers of these systems could get by with a three-line segmented LCD display. Today, LCD interfaces are quickly replacing traditional LED and segment LCD displays as designers take advantage of the aesthetic, flexibility, and cost benefits they provide.

MCUs with High-Resolution Graphics Control - [Link]

31 Oct 2013

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I2C, SPI, RS232, all these are interfaces, through which eDIP series intelligent display are able to communicate.

Display with a good legibility even in non-optimal light conditions is always an advantage. When we add to it a significant simplification thanks to built-in character sets and graphic functions, we get a display of the eDIP a eDIP TFT series from company Electronic Assembly. Powerful command, touch panel and a high flexibility enable to shorten a development time to a minimum. To an easy usability als contribute very compact dimensions with a maximized screen area. Seven built-in character sets can be displayed up to 4-times scale and by one command they can be rotated in 90° for a vertical display. All character sets can be modified by a „Font tool“ utility and similarly it´s also possible to add your own sets. Commands like menu, clipboard, bargraph, draw, … enable to relatively easily create a graphic output in a combination of text+graphics.

Various versions of displays feature various inner memory sized depending on a display size, sufficient for placing of many pictures and macros. The newest member of the eDIP/eDIPTFT family is the type eDIPTFT5.7 (640x480px). Natural helpers of development are evaluation boards, which we also keep in stock.

The fastest overview about various versions will provide you an attached table, eDIP and eDIPTFT flyer, as well as datasheets at particular types beneath the article. Several types are also available with a touch panel – their ordering code contains an “ATP” suffix.

eDIP and eDIPTFT displays speak many languages - [Link]

29 Sep 2013

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Zak Kemble build a digital wristwatch with a 1.3″ 128×64 OLED display & AVR ATmega328P microcontroller:

The main incentive behind this project was to see how much I could cram, in terms of both hardware and software, into a wristwatch-like device that is no larger than the display itself. An OLED display was chosen for being only 1.5mm thick and not requiring a backlight (each pixel produces its own light), but mostly because they look cool. The watch was originally going to have a 0.96″ display, but this proved too difficult to get all the things I wanted underneath it. Going up a size to 1.3″ was perfect.

DIY OLED digital wristwatch - [Link]

26 Sep 2013

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FTDI introduces on the market technology EVE – complete graphic solution suitable also for slower microcontrollers.

Paraphrase with the woman´s name is very near to a name of a new technology of display control – EVE – embedded video engine. Company FTDI as a well known producer of USB solutions with a slogan USB-made-easy, decided to bring this philosophy even to a field of graphic solutions. The first representative of a new family is the FT800 graphic chip, containing all necessary to create a powerful graphic output. Perhaps the biggest advantage of this solution is, that „EVE“ puts only minimal requirements on the speed (and resources) of a Host processor, that´s it can cooperate even with smaller „low-end“ microcontrollers (Atmega, PIC, 8051,….) with a very small power consumption.
The essence of small requirements for a Host processor resides in a fact, that FT800 contains al functional blocks necessary for graphic operations and control of the display itself like:

● graphic controller with a clock (timing) generator
● touch panel controller
● frame buffer
● memory (registers, ROM, RAM)
● graphic processor and co-processor
● MCU interface (I2C, SPI) and other blocks.
Moreover FT800 also contains an audio module (synthesizer and a DSP sound processor with DAC) thus FT800 also provides a sound output (mono).

Besides a significant simplification of a graphic output is the idea of „EVE“ also based on a fact, that it has to enable a cheap production of a graphic output for a target device. According to an example from FTDI (displayed on an attached picture), it´s possible to simply build a powerful „display“ for the price of under 19 USD (at a volume production). At the same time this solution lowers requirement for a count of components (BOM) and also for a PCB space. Graphic capabilities of a new chip are really impressive as it features even such properties like anti-aliasing (subjectively sharper image even on a low resolution display), alpha blending (shading, 3D,…) and built-in complex pre-defined shapes and tools. All programming of FT800 is object-oriented, so for example drawing of a simple bargraph takes only 5 commands. To create a graphic user interface (GUI), the user initializes an object memory (up to do 256 kB) and then controls specified objects and their attributes. The result is the above-mentioned low load on a Host processor.

Only a brief description of all technical features would take a few pages, that´s why we rather recommend you to look at the attached video, FTDI EVE presentation,  and to study FT800 datasheet. Further information will provide you documents FT800_Programmer_guide, AN_240_FT800_From_the_Ground_Up and AN_252_FT800_Audio_Primer. For a development support, there are also available various evaluation boards of the VM800 series. Guide price of the FT800 is 2,75 USD (100 000 pcs).
For a detailed information about prices, availability and further support, please contact us at info@soselectronic.com.

Is a display design difficult? Leave it to „Eve“! – [Link]



 
 
 

 

 

 

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