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Embedded Video Engine Combines Display, Audio and Touch

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A high-quality graphics chip offers 3-in-1 functionality for graphical user interface (GUI) development. The FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) from Future Technology Devices International combines display, audio and touch operations into a single chip, providing an optimized solution that reduces power, board area, bill of material (BOM) costs and much more. Engineers now have a complete solution to easily create state-of-the-art interactive displays. Targeting intelligent QVGA and WQVGA TFT display panels, EVE's object-oriented approach renders display images in a line-by-line manner with resolution of 1/16th of a pixel, eliminating the expense of traditional frame buffer memory.

The FT800 interfaces to the system microcontroller via a low-bandwidth serial interface, allowing for lower cost microcontrollers to be used in the design. The controller's functionality supports 4-wire resistive touch sensing with built-in intelligent touch detection and an embedded audio processor that allows midi-like sounds, combined with pulse code modulation (PCM) for audio playback. The combination of display, audio and touch on a single-chip solution enables engineers to produce GUIs that deliver compelling user experiences.

To further support and enhance FTDI's Embedded Video Engine, a range of complementary development boards is available for use with the FT800, including the credit-card sized VM800C board series that comes in a 3.5", 4.3", or 5" LCD display with a 4-wire resistive touch screen. The VM800B series is similar and is designed for easy mounting inside a bezel. Both boast a USB micro-B port that can also power the board.

Future Technology Devices International,
Tigard, OR
(503) 547-0988
www.ftdichip.com