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]
A new STM32F4 discovery board has been announced, featuring a 2.4″ QVGA TFT LCD (without touch sensor), 64Mbit of SDRAM, a Gyro and all pins available through pin headers. The data brief is available for download and the board lists for $24USD. [via]
New STM32F4 discovery board features TFT LCD - [Link]
herpderp @ dangerousprototypes.com forums build a nice PIC32 controller board for a 2.8″ TFT display. He writes:
In the beginning, I just wanted to play with these cheap TFT screens available on eBay (displaying some pictures & text, nothing more); step by step, I finally designed a PCB and a built a consequent software with many 2D basic functions and even a small GUI.
The board is based on a PIC32 and a 2.8′ TFT with touchscreen (ILI9320 controller, using 16bits PMP). The PCB is 4.9 x 4.9 cm, 2 layers (=> $15 / 10 units at seeedfusion).
PIC32 controller board for 2.8′ TFT touchscreen - [Link]
Qtechknow @ instructables.com
Have you ever heard of TFT LCD screens? They are great ways to display information from your Arduino, or display pictures. The Arduino team just released an official TFT LCD screen with their new Robot at Maker Faire 2013. It’s very easy to get started with!! This tutorial will show you how to get the LCD up and running, load information from the SD card, and make a few simple projects.
The TFT LCD screen is a great way to detach your computer, and have the Arduino relay information that you need to know onto the LCD. A great part of the LCD is that it has a built in microSD card socket. You can store images on the microSD card socket, and even some text!
Your Image on an Arduino! – TFT LCD Screen Guide - [Link]
Visual TFT is a standalone application used for rapid development of graphical user interfaces for TFT displays. Software generates code compatible with mikroElektronika compilers: mikroC, mikroBasic and mikroPascal, for all suported MCU architectures: PIC, dsPIC30/33, PIC24, PIC32, AVR and ARM. Software implements intuitive environment and many drag-and-drop components which can be used for building applications easily and fast.
Visual TFT – Rapid development of GUIs in TFT displays - [Link]
In a wide portfolio of development tools for displays from company Electronic Assembly can be found evaluation boards for development of applications with eDIP displays family, including a connectivity via all common industrial interfaces.
Everyone who already ever designed his own development board knows, that it takes a lot of time to design, construct and assemble such a board. That´s why a ready-made development board at an affordable price is always a big simplification. EA EVALeDIP320-TFT70 development kit is a beautiful example of such a set, as it provides an immediate access to a full display functionality and it comes rich-equipped. At the same time it meets a criterion of an acceptable price, because the difference in price of the development board and the display itself is approx. 50 Eur only.
EA EVALeDIP320-TFT70 enables to develop applications in an elegant way and to use all possibilities of 5.7“ and 7“ Electronic Assembly displays. The development kit contains an evaluation board (USB), 7″ display with a touch panel, CD with SW and drivers, 5 small PCBs enabling a communication through industrial interfaces (RS232, RS485, I2C, SPI and RS232-CMOS level), USB cable and a line adapter. The development kit enables to also develop applications, which use input/output pins of the display – 8 push-buttons and 2 trimmers enable to control I/O pins and simulate analog signals, while 8 LEDs indicate logic levels at the corresponding outputs. Another LEDs indicate data traffic and a beeper/ loudspeaker serves as a touch feedback. An advantage of Electronic Assembly displays is, that black-anodized aluminium frames (bezels) are available for many types.
Further information will provide you the EA EVALeDIP320-TFT70 and EA eDIPTFT70-A datasheets. A 5.7” display will be available in the nearest period. In case of interest in Electronic Assembly products, please contact us at email@example.com
Simulate, test, develop – Electronic Assembly evaluation tools will help you - [Link]
AKTAKOM’S ADS-2031 is a perfect starter oscilloscope; it represents the latest technology at affordable prices.
Miami Fl., October 10, 2012 – T&M Atlantic., distributer of the test and measurement equipment, today unveiled its newest Oscilloscope Aktakom ADS-2031 30MHz 250MSa/s Dual Channels + External Trigger. ADS-2031 comes as a replacement to popular ADS-2034 model and features slim body, light weight, 8” TFT screen and 20 automatic measurement functions.
One of the best features of this innovative and precise instrument is its built-in HELP option that allows users to learn how to use this devise without looking up the manual.
In addition to all the technological advances the main attraction of this oscilloscope remains its affordability. For $262 per unit a college can purchase the latest technology in oscilloscopes and offer it students training in all the functionality usually available on world leading devices. With free shipping and 3 year manufacturer’s warranty college professors and administrators are taking a much closer look at this previously unknown but increasingly popular brand.
Introductory prices start from $262. More info available at www.tmatlantic.com
ADS-2031 College Level Oscilloscope – [Link]
Karan Shah writes:
LG Display has announced a 5-inch, full HD LCD panel for smartphones – the highest resolution mobile panel to date, giving a clear indication that the 720p display on your current top-end smartphone won’t reign supreme for long. This new, 5-inch Full HD LCD panel is a step forward from the existing mobile display technology and is based on AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology. It features a 440ppi and 1920×1080 resolution, providing, for the first time, Full HDTV quality on a smartphone. We had first carried a story about AH-IPS displays, way back in May 2011 and LG had announced then that they were indeed developing AH-IPS panels for smartphones. Here’s how AH-IPS improves on the existing technology.
LG announces 5-inch – 1080p displays - [Link]
uLCD-14 replaces the previous model uLCD-144. The new type remains a full software compatibility, that’s why if you already have an application designed for uLCD-144, you can use them without any modification.
The only main change is the connector, instead of the original 1×9 THT pin header a new 2×5 SMD pin header is used with an added +5V output through a protection schottky diode. The new uLCD-14 module, also marked as uLCD-144-G2, features the same excellent properties like other members of uLCD family.
Properties of the module are mainly determined by the used Goldelox chip, able to work in a slave, as well as stand-alone mode. It is also possible to use the 4D-Visi graphic development environment, considerably simplifying and accelerating a development of graphic applications. A detailed description of features common to all 4D Systems modules you can find in our article. Detailed information will provide you the uLCD-144-G2 datasheet.
New 1.44“ intelligent displays from 4D Systems already in stock - [Link]
Samsung describe YOUM as thinner lighter and unbreakable! The flexible AMOLED features a TFT Film, Organic Layer Encap (Film) and a Polariser. Samsung Mobile display don´t use a glass substrat they use a special plastic material to reach the high resolution and the bending property. Samsung is ready to mass produce flexible AMOLEDs in Q2 2012!
Samsung introduce YOUM unbreakable Flexible AMOLED Display - [Link]