FTDI Embedded Video Engine (EVE) available in distribution

January 02, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
For engineers who need to quickly implement a sophisticated user interface with minimum investment of time and effort, Mouser Electronics is now stocking FDTI’s FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) integrated circuit.

The FTDI FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) is a high quality graphics chip with 3-in-1 functionality for graphical user interface (GUI) development. The FT800 combines display, audio, and touch operations into a single chip, providing an optimised solution that reduces power, board area, and bill of material (BOM) costs; a complete solution to create 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 by a low bandwidth serial interface, allowing for lower cost MCUs to be used in the design. The controller 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.

Mouser is also stocking complementary development boards for use with the FT800, including the credit-card sized VM800C board series that comes in 3.5, 4.3, or 5-in. LCD display with a 4-wire resistive touch screen. The VM800B series is similar and is designed for easy mounting inside a bezel. Both have a USB micro-B port which can also power the board.

Mouser; www.mouser.com/new/ftdi/ftdi-FT800EVE/