New 3,2“ and 3,5“ displays from company 4D Systems intended for Raspberry Pi are able to make a complete standalone system from this microcomputer.
Graphic output is always beneficial, enabling to use embedded microcomputer as a user interface (HMI) or at least to display various variables etc. There are many ways to reach it, but probably the most desirable solution would be to connect a display and nothing to solve.
New graphic modules 4DPi-32 and 4DPi-35 belong right to this group of ideal solutions, as they´re directly designed for Raspberry Pi (A,B, B+) – electrically and mechanically, while the I/O connector remains still available.
Simplicity of usage is empowered by a fact, that they don´t require (external) power supply, as they´re powered from the computer itself. Communication is done through a high speed 48 MHz SPI connection. Speed of a built-in processor enables displaying of pictures and videos with up 25 fps speed (even more if images can be compressed). Resistive touch panel enables operation of the whole system without a mouse.
As for the size, there´s only a small difference between 4DPi-32 a 4DPi-35 modules – the biggest difference is in resolution 480 x 320 px (4DPI-35) vs. 320×240 px (4Dpi-32). Both displays display GUI (primary) output of the Raspberry Pi – the same as if we had a monitor connected.
Add the 4-th dimension to your Raspberry Pi – [Link]
3,5″ display with the processor Diablo16 from company 4D Systems can handle even applications, where processor Picaso is not sufficient.
So as to make it right – it´s still true, that processor Picaso is a relatively very powerful graphic processor able to manage demanding applications with graphics, animations, sound, video,… Naturally, like each processor, there are applications where its power is sufficient with a reserve and for someone already not. If you suppose, that processor Picaso wouldn´t suit to you by its features, or at least it wouldn´t enable eventual further enhancing of functionality, then the Diablo16 processor will meet even high requirements.
In behalf of processor Diablo16 says not only the computing power itself, but also the other functionality as a memory size, communication interfaces, analog inputs, GPIO and other. Until now, the power of Diablo 16 could be used in two ways – in the uLCD-70DT module (7“, 800×480), or in your own design using the processor itself. Now, company 4D Systems comes also with a 3,5“ module (480*320px) uLCD-35DT, „driven” by this powerful processor.
Another good news is availability of a new CMOS VGA camera module – uCAM-II with a serial output (UART TTL). As a standard, the camera is equipped with an optics with a 56° viewing angle. Also available is the exchangeable optics, with a 76° and 116° viewing angle.
Similarly like at all 4D Systems modules with Picaso and Diablo16 processors, also in case of uLCD-35DT module can be used for development of application a powerful software package – Workshop4 IDE.
Try the hell power boxed up in 3,5″ – [Link]
During SOS webinar with 4D Systems you could find out how graphic processor Diablo 16 can make our work easier and shorten time necessary for the development.
Get to know the performance and user-friendly graphic processor Diablo 16 – [Link]
4,3″ and 7,0″ LCD “Cape” connected to a BeagleBone module can transform this microcomputer to a standalone module with a graphic output.
Microcomputers BeagleBone have earned a global popularity and the community of Linux and Android OS users know them well. Accessories (options) to these modules further enhance and simplify their usage in praxis. To these accessories also belong two new LCD modules form company 4D Systems – 4DCAPE-43T and 4DCAPE-70T. LCD modules are suitable for a newer version – BeagleBone Black (BBB) and they are not suitable for the BeagleBone white.
Connecting these LCD modules we gain a complete computer suitable for control of various devices. Color displays provide a quality picture, well legible even at a relatively strong ambient light. 4DCape-43T, 4DCape-70T as well as BeagleBone Black are our standard stock items. 7,0“ type offers besides a bigger display area also an access to BeagleBone pins thanks to additional connectors on the rear side of the display.
4D Systems displays will give a cape to your BeagleBone – [Link]
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.
2,3,4 … 7 inches will display more – [Link]
86 participants saw the real demonstrations of fast 4D Systems displays programming live.
4D Systems displays are user-friendly so you don’t have to be an expert. You could learn more about them during SOS webinar, that was dedicated to 4D Systems displays. This webinar informed you about:
- advantages of modules and 4D Systems displays,
- development environment,
- unique development process.
Developers appreciated practical demonstrations of programming because it is better to see once than to hear 100 times. From among all participants who submitted short questionnaire, we have drawn a new owner of programming cable. ŠThe winner is Mr. Kamil Palčo from PALCO IT, s.r.o.
Congratulations to the winner. You already can register for next webinars which we prepare for you. More information about current webinars can be found at www.soselectronic.com/webinar.
You can watch the complete 4D systems presentation from the webinar online
Webinar 4D Systems impressed with practical demonstrations of programming – [Link]
Displays from 4D Systems can be used even if you don´t have experience with programming of graphic displays. Let´s look at how …
No doubt, that a graphic display significantly improves a user interface of practically every product. Maybe a little less obvious is the fact, that already a relatively small display with a touch panel is able to replace many buttons, switches, potentiometers and even a keyboard.
Many designers are discouraged by a fact, that for a successful usage of graphic display, it is usually necessary to study a large documentation and it lasts a considerable time till a man reaches usable results. Then, mainly at smaller projects is the development too much time consuming, thus unprofitable.
Anyhow it may sound unbelievably, but for a successful usage of 4D Systems graphic displays, it´s not necessary to know virtually anything about the given graphic processor, about commands, …
For many applications, it´s sufficient to use the VisiGenie graphic editor, which is a part of the Workshop IDE software package (freeware). We already brought you a brief description of this editor in the article – Genially simple and fast programming of 4D Systems displays. The keystone of VisiGenie is, that literally within few minutes it enables to create menu with various buttons, potentiometers, switches, „7-segment displays“, various panel meters, pictures, video, sound, geometric shapes, …
The second basic feature of the program created in Visi Genie is, that many objects can be “binded” to each other through so called events – for example – by sliding a potentiometer, a value of a display or a panel meter can increase. At the same time it is possible to (very simply) define an event „report message“, when for example at switching on a switch (on a display), the uLCD module sends a message through a serial port. This message can then be used in a microcontroller of your device. Output of the VisiGenie is a short service program, which will be loaded to EPROM of the graphic module and the main program with data, which will be saved to a uSD card (through a reader of your PC). Inserting a uSD card into the display module we get a fully operating display in such a way as we designed it in the Visi Genie.
Graphic interface, designed by this procedure, is able to send data through a serial port into your microcontroller and also many objects can be controlled by sending simple commands into the module. Neither these commands aren´t necessary to be searched in a documentation, because the 4D Workshop contains a tool GTX – Genie Test eXecutor, able to simulate and test functionality of the programu created in VisiGenie. A great advantage is, that the GTX tool directly shows commands responding to a given activity (for example if we want to set a panel meter to a certain value, or we want to read the displayed value). Note – as the GTX tool communicates directly with a display, it is operating only if a display is connected to a PC.
The best idea about this powerful graphic SW will provide you the attached video. 4D Worshop4 IDE and user guides are free to download from the 4D Systems website. Already now, we can promise you to publish a short presentation of the graphic program creation soon.
Displays suitable even for applications, where you´d not count with a display – part 1 – [Link]
www.4dsystems.com.au introduces a new solution for intergrating the PICASO processor on your design:
The PICASO-OGM lets you incorporate the full capabilities of the PICASO Graphics Processor and our TFT-LCD displays into your own custom design. The PICASO-OGM is ideal for high-volume applications that require a custom design.
Development with the PICASO-OGM is as easy as with our standard display modules. Simply choose your preferred display size, incorporate the PICASO-OGM into your hardware design, and use the 4D Workshop4 IDE to design your Graphical User Interface.
The OGM Module can be utilised to provide a display solution with 2.4″, 2.8″, 3.2″ and 3.2″ Wide 4D Displays. At a PCB size of only 34.8 x 34.8 x 4.3 mm, the module can easily be integrated into your designs.
The OGM Module breaks out all of the General Purpose I/O of the PICASO Processor.
Additionally, the module hosts an on-board micro-SD Card connector for storing images/videos/files used by the PICASO, and a 40-way FPC connector to connect to existing 4D Systems’ displays. All displays are also available for purchase separately.
PICASO-OGM OEM Graphics module – [Link]
Graphic programming environment 4D ViSi-Genie enables an unbelievably simple programming without necessity to write a single line of code!
4D ViSi-Genie is a part of the Workshp4 IDE software package, intended for intelligent graphic displays from company 4D Systems. When we mentioned in the article “Focus at the main subject – application itself and the 4D ViSi will take care about its look” that “programming of a graphic interface perhaps cannot be any simpler “, we didn´t guess that it can be…
Company 4D Systems released a new version of the program 4D Workshop4 IDE with a new fully graphic editor Visi Genie. Visi Genie means a real break-through in programming of graphic displays. To create a simple graphic interface (GUI), literally a few seconds are sufficient and the user doesn´t need to write a single line of code. The 4D Workshop4 IDE tool contains 4 main parts: Designer, Visi, ViSi-Genie and Serial enabling programming and setting of 4D Systems display. The Visi-Genie tool itself supports all 4D Systems displays with the Picaso processor.
Genially simple and fast programming of 4D Systems displays – [Link]
Programming of a graphic interface perhaps cannot be any simpler. Company 4D Systems brings to developers a new powerful graphic editor, which further shifts borders of simplicity and speed at a creation of a graphic output.
4D ViSi tool enables to very easily and intuitively arrange graphic control and displaying elements into the layout which we wish to achieve on the 4D Systems display modules. As a result, this way you will create the graphic interface very quickly and you can fully focus on the main – the application itself. In other words – you can put your effort to what the application “has to do” and not “how it should look”.
4D ViSi tool is a part of the 4D Workshop3 IDE – Alpha program, which is free to download. 4D ViSi is a powerful SW tool, which enables an immediate overview of your desired graphic layout for 4D Systems display modules. 4D ViSi contains a set of various dials, gauges and meters, which can be simply dragged and dropped onto the desired place. Every item has wide possibilities of adjustment. Without necessity to always reload the source code to a display module, you have a possibility to see every change on a monitor of your computer and all relevant code is inserted into the program at one click. In the enclosed video you can gain a closer view of the work in this program.
Focus on application itself and the 4D ViSi will take care about its look – [Link]