Development platform supports FTDI’s microcontroller architecture

March 05, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
MikroElektronika, in partnership with FTDI Chip, has produced a complete development package to support the FT90X series of 32-bit application-optimised microcontroller units (MCUs).

FTDI Chip developed the FT90X 32-bit architecture as an efficient and minimum-footprint processor architecture that is focussed on on the connectivity and HMI-related tasks that the company specialises in. The MCUs in the series have ample headroom, FTDI executives have commented, to run users’ application code in addition, or to be used as a stand-alone MCU platform.

MikroElektronika’s FT90X ecosystem consists of:

· The 266 x 220mm format EasyFT90X development board, which has an FT900 MCU, on-board CMOS camera, 3.5-inch 320 x 240 pixel resolution TFT display with touch screen, a microSD card slot and an array of I/O options, allowing it to interface with a variety of different external sensors and other items of hardware. Also included on this board are a mikroProg Fast USB 2.0 programmer and an in-circuit debugger, plus a range of simple MikroElektronika compiler examples. The board has a power consumption of less than 80 mA if peripheral modules are not connected.

· The credit card-sized Clicker 2 board which can connect to an ever-expanding variety of different add-on modules called click boards (with over 100 to choose from currently) via its two mikroBUS sockets. As well as an FT90X MCU (preprogrammed with a USB-HID bootloader), a USB Mini-B connector, 2 LED indicators, 2 configurable pushbuttons, plus 32kHz and 12MHz oscillators are featured.

· Covering all three main programming languages, the mikroC, mikroBasic and mikroPascal compilers fully support the FT90X and are suitable for use with both the EasyFT90X and Clicker 2 boards, as well as for standalone FT90X system designs. These are the first dedicated FT90X compilers on the market. They support more than 500 functions and have more than 150 examples “out of the box”, making them easy to use.

mikroProg for FT90X is a fast programmer and hardware debugger for FT90X devices, and it is especially well suited for use together with the compilers.

FTDI Chip; www.ftdichip.com

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