MikroElektronika to build development environment for FTDI Chip's FT90X MCU

October 02, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Belgrade-headquartered development tool chain supplier MikroElektronika has entered an agreement with FTDI Chip to create mikroC, mikroBasic and mikroPascal compilers for the FT90X 32-bit microcontroller.

FT90X is FTDI's own microcontroller architecture; it uses a proprietary 32-bit RISC structure - allowing it to set performance benchmarks beyond 2.93 DMIPS/MHz, with true zero wait-states operation up to 100 MHz frequencies, as well as large memory and an array of advanced connectivity resources. Its creators position it as a very “clean” and efficient 32-bit design.

The two companies previously cooperated to bring a graphic development software solution to market, based on Visual TFT, which supported the FT800 embedded video engine (EVE) graphic controller. This allowed more rapid implementation of next generation human machine interfaces (HMIs) via EVE's innovative object-oriented approach and Visual TFT's simple to use drag-and-drop functionality. MikroElektronika's CEO, Nebojsa Matic, comments, “Through this partnership, MikroElektronika will build an entire FT90X ecosystem, including not just the compiler products but also development boards, useful examples for click boards and Visual TFT software support.”

Fred Dart, FTDI Chip's CEO and Founder, adds, “MikroElektronika was instrumental in furnishing our customers with the development tools needed to support their FT800 EVE-based design projects. Now with the FT90X we are looking to work with its team of imaginative and highly experienced engineers again in order to accomplish the same goal for our advanced microcontroller product lines.”

MikroElektronika produces development tools and compilers for various microcontroller families. In addition to the announced FT900 tool-chain, the company designs and manufactures complete solutions for PIC, dsPIC30/33, PIC24, PIC32, AVR, 8051, PSoC, as well as TIVA and STM32 ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers.

FTDI Chip; www.ftdichip.com

MikroElektronika; www.mikroe.com