Computer/Embedded Technology


Touch-enabled Arduino display shield

10 August 2016 Computer/Embedded Technology

After the positive response to its crowdfunding project earlier this year, which raised 3,25 times the original target, FTDI Chip now announces the full availability of CleO – a simple to program, intelligent TFT display solution that allows the construction of human machine interfaces (HMIs) with much higher performance than conventional Arduino display shields are able to deliver.

FTDI Chip will also give engineers complete access to a comprehensive development resource, which has step-by-step tutorials and projects, plus a series of software tools. In addition, a new forum has been set up ( www.CleOstuff.com) on which design tips, application ideas and other information can be shared.

The initial offering comprises an HVGA resolution, 3,5” TFT display incorporating a resistive touchscreen and supporting both portrait and landscape implementations. An FTDI Chip FT810 high-resolution embedded video engine (EVE) graphic controller executes the HMI operation, while one of the company’s 310 DMIPs FT903 microcontrollers addresses all additional processing tasks.

This highly advanced display shield provides smooth animation of graphical content, even at 60 fps frame rates. Furthermore, its anti-aliased graphics capabilities render images in finer detail, eliminating the unwanted presence of jagged edges.

When CleO is combined with FTDI Chip’s NerO – an energy efficient Arduino design capable of operating down to 1 W – it offers a far more powerful solution than a normal Arduino UNO/display shield package. However, its Arduino compatibility means it can also connect with the wide variety of different shields (sensors, motors, switches, etc.) available for this platform.

CleO has an array of useful accessories to further assist engineers. With dimensions of 57,15 x 54,35 mm, the CleO-RIO module provides a mechanism for stacking the CleO shield and an Arduino board together. The CleO-Speaker module (which measures 63 x 63 x 23,8 mm) facilitates the playback of music/tones for HMIs where audio functionality has been incorporated. There is also an audio line for input of audio from external sources. The CleO-Camera module has an OV5640 1/4”, 5 Mpixel CMOS image sensor plus flash LEDs and a 24-pin, 0,5 mm pitch FFC cable. There is also a 9 V power adaptor which provides the NerO/CleO solution with up to 1 A of current.

For more information contact MB Silicon Systems, +27 (0)11 728 4757, info@mbsiliconsystems.co.za, www.mbsiliconsystems.co.za



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