Slashing development time for Cortex-M4 applications using displays

Inelco Hunter has announced the availability of a Powertip Development Board for Cortex-M4 processor applications where a display screen interface is required.

The board is tailor-made for Cortex-M4 STM32F429IGT6 processors and can provide huge cost-savings by cutting development time.

The Development Board features a built-in 22pin GPIO interface which is compatible with Powertip 4 in 1 Series TFT 3.5”, 4.3”, 5” and 7” Displays. The board also supports any display with a resolution of up to RGB 1024×768 using the same industry-standard GPIO interface. Simply plug-in the display, connect the power and the development engineer can start development work straight away.

There are twelve Powertip 4 in 1 Series Displays that are compatible with the Development Board, some with CTP/RTP Touch options. Options include TFT only; TFT plus resistive touch panel; TFT plus OGS PCAP; TFT plus GG PCAP; and TFT plus borderless GG PCAP. Capacitive touch panels have a multi-touch ability and are extremely durable in most environments. They can be operated using with a finger touch or a stylus and allow for Zoom, Rotate, Flick and Swipe actions. Resistive Touch Panels are common in medical, media, domestic, leisure and workspace applications.

The potential uses of Cortex-M4 processors in conjunction with displays are enormous and encompass a very wide range of applications.

Specifications for the Development Board include a 180MHz Cortex-M4 STM32F429IGT6 processor; 8MB SDRAM; 16MB SPI Flash; and 1x Micro SD (under 32G). Interfaces include: 1x USB2.0 Host; 1x RS485 or RS232; CAN BUS 2.0B Active; and Ethernet IEEE 1588v2. The power input is DC 7V ~ 36V. EMI/EMS protection is provided and V-com, B/L drivers are included as standard.

In addition, Inelco Hunter can supply complementary components such as surge protection devices, connectors, relays, displays, fans and thermal printers. A wide product range is also backed by an in-house engineering support team, offering design, consultancy and project management services.

Neil Tyler