Anglia Designs launches quartet of graphics interface modules

From: Anglia
Published: Wed Mar 03 2010


Anglia Designs has released a family of four graphics interface modules and reference designs that interface Hitachi graphical TFT displays to ST Microelectronics STM32 and 16 and 32 bit Microchip PIC processors. The modules were developed by an in-house Anglia Design engineering team to give customers an out of the box solution for driving one of the world’s most extensive ranges of graphical TFT and STN panels from two of the most popular embedded processor architectures.

The Anglia Designs graphics interface modules support Hitachi TX07, TX09, TX14, TX18 and SP14 families of TFT and STN displays and are supplied as daughterboards to standard STMicroelectronics STM3210E-EVAL and Microchip Explorer16 development boards. Anglia ships the modules with all the drivers and software required to drive the target display from these boards. This includes a graphics library and touch screen control software where appropriate. Using these modules, the software team can start writing and proving their code ahead of the availability of prototype hardware, whilst the hardware team can evaluate their design concept and demonstrate it to end-users of the system. Customers using the module as a reference design are supplied with CAD files, a Bill of Materials (BoM) and the relevant source code to use as a starting point for their development.

Anglia offers customers a complete package including the evaluation board for their chosen processor, the appropriate graphics interface module, a display adaptor and their choice of target display at a cost of £100 – £200 depending on the target display. It has released modules to interface each of Hitachi’s four major different industrial TFT display families to both the STM32 and the PIC evaluation boards.

Commenting, John Bowman, Divisional Marketing Manager, Anglia said, "Anglia Design engineers took the initiative to create this interface with the specific desire to help our customers get to market more quickly. We have validated our work with many customers who had varied requirements, and have received extremely positive feedback. This is a proven and working display interface design that will facilitate rapid implementation, development and testing of graphics TFT based systems."

Anglia’s graphics interface modules and reference designs are supplied as daughterboards for STM and Microchip evaluation platforms. The STMicroelectronics STM3210E-EVAL platform supports the ARM Cortex-M3 based STM32F103Z microcontroller. The Microchip Explorer 16 is a low cost, efficient development board for 32-bit PIC32MX and the 16-bit PIC24F, PIC24H and dsPIC devices. The Anglia graphics interface module is compatible with all of these processors. Anglia supplies the module with the PIC32 starter kit and PIM adapter to create a ready to use package.

The display adaptor is based on the Solomon-Systech SSD1906 graphics controller, a very flexible graphics controller supporting 1,2,4,8, and 16bpp. This controller supports most of the common resolutions for portable applications and features hardware display rotation, covering various form factor requirements. The controller also features Virtual Display, Floating Window (variable size Overlay Window) and two Cursors to reduce the software manipulation. The 32-bit internal data path provides high bandwidth display memory for fast screen updates. Anglia expects to release two further display adaptors based on the Solomon-Systech SSD1963 shortly.

Anglia Designs is based on the expertise of Anglia’s in-house team of Field Application Engineers, and aims to help customers to market faster by developing and proving reference designs and evaluation boards in house. In addition to the Hitachi display adaptor modules, Anglia Designs has also released power designs, audio designs and wireless connectivity modules.

About Anglia
Anglia is the UK’s leading independent authorised distributor of semiconductors, optoelectronics, interconnect, and passive and electromechanical components. The company is a member of SC21 and holds AS9120 and ISO9001 approvals. Anglia’s exceptional technical support spans a fast sampling service, telephone advice from product specialists, on-site visits from field applications engineers and, ultimately, electronics design. An in-house team of designers adds expert resources to customers' design teams, helps reduce final product costs and accelerates development times. Anglia stocks over 700 million components from 500,000 product lines in the UK, and streamlines its customer’s logistics and reduces costs through KAN-BAN, EDI, and customer-dedicated inventory.

For further details please contact:
Michelene Hircock at Anglia, Sandall Road, Wisbech, PE13 2PS, UK.
Phone: +44 (0)1945 47 47 47; Web: www.anglia.com; Email: mh@anglia.com

Peter van der Sluijs
Neesham PR
peterv@neesham.co.uk
+44 (0) 1296 628180

Photo caption: Anglia Design has developed a new family of graphic interface modules and reference designs providing an out-of-the-box solution to drive one of the world’s most extensive ranges of graphical TFT and STN panels.

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Company: Anglia
Contact Name: Michelene Hircock
Contact Email: mh@anglia.com
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1945 47 47 47

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