4D Systems launches two new display modules – uLCD-32PT(SGC) and uLCD-32PT(GFX) – offering new, cost effective and versatile embedded graphics display solutions

27th July 2010
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4D Systems launched today two new display modules: uLCD-32PT(SGC) and uLCD-32PT(GFX). The new modules include a 3.2-inch, true to life colours LCD TFT display with touch screen and are based on 4D Labs’ PICASO-SGC and PICASO-GFX2 graphics processors. Their rich set of features, low cost, and ease-of-use make them one of the most flexible graphics touch screen solutions available.
They are designed to work straight out-of-the-box, simplify development, and significantly reduce development cost and time-to-market. Both modules provide a cost effective LCD display addition to the existing range of 4D Systems’ OLED display modules with the embedded PICASO graphics processor. The modules will begin shipping in July this year.

The display on the modules is a high quality and low cost 3.2-inch, 240 x 320 pixel, 65k colour TFT-LCD panel with an integrated 4-Wire resistive Touch Panel. The uLCD-32PT(SGC) and uLCD-32PT(GFX) are powered by the embedded PICASO-SGC and PICASO-GFX2 graphics processors respectively. Both modules provide an easy 5 pin interface to any host device and support external SD/µSD memory cards for storing images, video clips, fonts and general purpose data logging. Additionally the modules include a dedicated PWM Audio pin that supports FAT16 audio WAV files and complex sound generation, on board audio amplifier and speaker, 2 x 30 pin headers for future I/O expansion, 4.0V to 5.0V range operation and support for all available Windows fonts and characters.

The uLCD-32PT(SGC) offers a simple and effective serial interface to any host micro-controller that can communicate via a serial port and 16 GPIO pins. All screen related functions are sent using a simple protocol via the serial interface. The serial platform allows users to develop their application using their favourite micro-controller and software development tools. 4D Systems also provides handy software tools for testing and development.

The PICASO-GFX2 chip embedded in the uLCD-32PT(GFX) display allows users to write applications using 4DGL (a high level 4D Graphics Language) that has syntax similar to popular languages such as BASIC, C and Pascal. 4DGL enables users to develop applications that run stand-alone on the display and gives access to additional features of the PICASO-GFX2 chip. The uLCD-32PT(GFX) includes 15K bytes of flash memory for user code storage and 14K bytes of SRAM for user variables, 13 GPIO pins as well as a master I2C interface and 8 x 16 bit timers with 1 millisecond resolution. 4DGL-Workshop3 - A comprehensive IDE that includes editor, compiler, linker and downloader is provided free of charge for developing complete 4DGL applications.

“The uLCD-32PT is the second new display module we have launched that is manufactured at our new in-house production line from the very beginning. The uLCD-32032-P1T that is the predecessor of the uLCD-32PT has been one of our most popular display modules yet. Hence, we are very pleased to be able to pass on the cost benefit from in house production to our customers and offer the uLCD-32PT at less than half the price with and enhanced feature set and improved quality. We are always looking for better ways to help our users simplify their application development process, reduce costs, development time and above all time-to-market, and the uLCD-32PT is an excellent addition to our line of products in helping us help our customers.” – Markku Riihonen, EMEA Marketing and Sales, 4D Systems Europe

The uLCD-32PT(SGC) and uLCD-32PT(GFX) are available for purchase from your local distributors or resellers, or directly from 4D Systems. Single unit prices for the modules start at 79USD/63EUR. All software tools are available as a free download from 4D Systems’ website at www.4dsystems.com.au.

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