Raspberry Pi family gains touchscreen display support

28th February 2018
Lanna Cooper

4D Systems has announced the gen4-4DPI series of LCD display modules that support the Raspberry Pi family of single board computers. Available in three different screen sizes, 4.3, 5.0 and 7", the display modules connect to a Raspberry Pi through a 30 pin FPC cable and an adapter board that conforms to both the Raspberry Pi expansion header pin-out and Pi’s HAT device identification standard.

Designed to be the primary graphical display, replacing the use of an HDMI or composite display, the display modules are available with resistive or capacitive touch control options. A cover lens bezel option is available for the capacitive touch display, this providing an easy way to mount the display within a suitable enclosure resulting in a sleek, slim, robust, and aesthetically pleasing look. The display is powered directly from the Raspberry Pi, making for simplicity of operation.

The gen4-4DPI series can be used for the Raspberry Pi A+, B+, 3, Zero and Zero W. The gen4-4DPI-70CT, for example, is a 7" 800 x 480 pixel display with capacitive touch and a cover glass bezel. The smallest screen size is the gen4-4DPI-43T, a 4.3" 480 x 272 pixel display with a resistive touch capability.

The low cost community supported Raspberry Pi family is a popular SBC that has found widespread adoption from makers to professional embedded developers. Its extensive peripheral features, open-source operating system and comprehensive programming language support makes it the suitable candidate for use in a wide variety of industrial and commercial designs.

The gen4-4DPI series enhances the Pi’s attractiveness even further by providing a compact and elegant HMI display solution.

The product development was made at the recent embedded world exhibition where 4D Systems also announced the opening of a brand new factory in the Philippines in response to the ramp in demand from global customers for its intelligent display solutions, as well as an increasing requirement for custom designs. The new facility will have capacity for contract manufacturing which will allow the company to build turnkey solutions for the assembly or sub-assembly of customers’ end products.

The new plant covers an area of over 2,000 square metres and will initially have two full surface mount technology lines with capacity for four million components daily, as well as handling PCB assembly, final assembly, testing and packaging. To accommodate future growth, space for two additional lines is available for quick extension of capacity.

“We are very excited to be opening this new facility as a result of the high demand for our display solutions that is driving exceptional growth,” said Atilla Aknar, CEO at 4D Systems. “We see many of our customers looking for bespoke designs and turnkey solutions for assembly, as well as our portfolio of display solutions and we can now offer a complete, tailored service that guarantees quality and reduced cost of manufacture. We are meeting an entirely new set of criteria that positions us as ideal partners for our global customers ahead of the competition.”

The new factory will have ISO9001 and other standard quality certifications and will be officially opened and in production from 2nd March 2018.

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