4D launches shiny display modules

4D Systems has launched two new 1.44 inch LCD TFT display modules.

The uLCD-144(SGC) and uLCD-144(GFX) are based on the 4D Labs’ GOLDELOX-SGC and GOLDELOX-GFX2 graphics processors. They are designed to work straight out-of-the-box, simplify development, and reduce development cost and time-to-market. Both modules have a high quality and low cost 1.44”, 128 x 128 pixel, 65k colour TFT-LCD panel with a LED back light with greater than 150 degree viewing angle.

The uLCD-144(SGC) and uLCD-144(GFX) include an embedded GOLDELOX-SGC serial graphics processor and GOLDELOX-GFX2 graphics processor respectively. Both modules support external SD/µSD memory cards for storing images, video clips, fonts and general purpose data logging. The uLCD-144(GFX) also includes 10K bytes of flash memory for user code storage and 510 bytes of RAM for user variables.

The GOLDELOX-GFX2 chip, which is embedded in the uLCD-144(GFX) lets users  write applications using 4DGL. This is claimed by the company to be a high level 4D Graphics Language, which is said to be similar to popular languages such as BASIC, C and Pascal.

Other features of the 4DGL is said to enable users to create apps that run stand-alone on the display and give access to additional I/O on the GOLDELOX-GFX2 chip.

The uLCD-144(GFX) also has two GPIO ports, which support digital I/O, A/D converter with 8/10 bit resolution, complex sound generation, dedicated RTTTL tune engine, multi-switch joystick and Dallas1-Wire. 4DGL-Workshop3.  People wishing to develop 4DGL apps can also use the 4DGL-Workshop3, which includes an editor, compiler, linker and downloader and is offered for free.

4D tells us the iD-144-SGC gives users a serial interface to any host micro-controller that can communicate via a serial port. It also allows users to develop their application using micro-controller and software development tools.

TechEye asked 4D whether it had been talking to any customers yet. A representative told us: “We cannot reveal information on what specific customers have purchased. However, our customer base for the display modules from 4D Systems includes companies like Siemens, Continental Europe, Vitek and Sony Ericsson.

“There are many uses for these modules, but we expect the most popular to be general purpose embedded graphics, electronic gauges and metres, test and measurement instruments, medical instruments and home automation systems.”