Mouser to stock Arduino HMI shield from FTDI Chip
Distributor Mouser Electronics now stocks the CleO, touch-enabled display shield from FTDI Chip.
The colour, TFT display board is easy to program, says the company, for engineers to develop human machine interfaces (HMIs), taking advantage of tutorials with over 80 programming topics and 20 example projects.
An HVGA 320 × 480 pixel resolution, 3.5inch TFT display with resistive touchscreen enables smooth animation of anti-aliased graphics, or video playback at rates of up to 60frame/s, says the company. An FT810 embedded video engine (EVE) IC powers the HMI, while a low-power, 3.1DMIPs/MHz FT903 Super Bridge microcontroller offers access to an Arduino Uno over SPI and a central hub for fast interface accessories, such as a camera.
The board incorporates 8Mbyte of eFlash memory for embedded data storage of display or audio objects, with a Micro-SD card socket for external storage up to 32Gbyte. Connectivity options include an SPI to the main system’s processing resource, a parallel camera interface, FT903 I/O expansion, and USB DFU port for firmware updates. The shield’s PWM audio output and built-in speaker amplifier mean that sounds can be implemented.
To drive the CleO, FTDI Chip’s NerO, is an energy-efficient, Arduino Uno R3-compatible module, which can provide 1A at 5V without over-heating. It can be used to power the board’s display simultaneously with accessories like a speaker or the 5M camera. The long pin version allows engineers to mount it directly to the board, leaving the shield headers exposed for further I/O expansion. For boards other than NerO, engineers can use the CleO-RIO module, which provides pins and reverse-I/O capabilities necessary to connect an Arduino Uno-compatible board.