MANHASSET, NY Advanced graphics and touch sensing in portable electronics are putting the onus on designers to bring these interfaces to a vast array of embedded products.
Microchip Technology thinks it has got the answer.
The company has come out with a eight-member PIC24FJ256DA microcontroller family, which integrates three graphics acceleration units and a display controller, along with 96 Kbytes of RAM.
"Until now, the latest graphics interfaces were beyond the reach of most embedded applications, in terms of both cost and complexity," said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division, in a statement.
Microchip provides a complete development platform including a free and performance-optimized Graphics Library, which comes with the full source code, supports multiple fonts and languages, and includes a host of pre-made graphics objects.
Complementing this Library is the free Graphics Display Designer software, which enables first-time users with a visual wizard for designing user interfaces.
The Graphics Library also comes with pre-configured interfaces for capacitive-touch pads and sliders, and resistive touch screens.
Microchip's PIC24FJ256DA210 development kit is available today for $399.99 and includes:
PIC24FJ256DA210 development board, with capacitive-touch pads, USB Host and Device connectors, extra Flash and RAM to store more objects and fonts, an expansion slot for PICtail Plus daughter boards, and a display connector
Microchip’s 3.2-in. QVGA and prototype graphics display boards
MPLAB ICD 3 for programming and debugging.
The PIC24FJ256DA210 development board can also be purchased separately for $89.99.