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QVGA solution adds GUI to any design

Posted: 19 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:QVGA graphics solution? GUI applications? TFT LCD module?

QVGA graphics solution

Microchip Technology Inc. has unveiled a QVGA graphics solution for implementing graphics display and control into cost-sensitive GUI applications. The offering comprises a free, highly optimized graphics library and source code, third-party library support, low-cost, full-featured development tools including the new Graphics PICtail Plus daughter board, as well as PIC24F 16bit MCUs.

The free graphics library and code provided by Microchip enable 2-D and 3-D objects, along with images, animation and touchscreen capabilities. The graphics features allow engineers to easily implement and customize GUIs with faster time to market, low risk development and lower total system cost. In addition, Microchip's third-party partners, Segger and Ramtex, offer compatible graphics libraries which reduce software development time.

The Graphics PICtail Plus daughter board provides a complete hardware and software development environment for concept, evaluation and low-risk product development. The daughter board includes the TFT LCD module that supports 320 x 240pixels (QVGA) resolution and 65,000 colors. The board is designed to plug into Microchip's Explorer 16 development board, a tool used to evaluate the features and performance of the 16-bit PIC24 MCUs, dsPIC33F digital signal controllers and the new 32bit PIC32 MCUs.

"With the new Graphics PICtail Plus daughter board, along with the free graphics library and application notes, Microchip makes it easy for engineers to take advantage of broad market trends by adding graphics displays or touch screens to their designs with minimal development time and cost," said Mitch Obolsky, VP of advanced MCU and architecture division at Microchip.

Applications include GUI systems for home appliances, consumer electronics, medical devices, and industrial including point-of-sale terminals, UPS/power supply displays and test and measurement equipment.

The Graphics PICtail Plus daughter board is available now. The graphics library, application notes and additional design resources are available today.

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