Format Arduino-Compatible Touch-Enabled Display Shield Delivers Abundance of Added Value

Having already seen strong market uptake of the initial CleO smart display solution for rapid development of human machine interfaces (HMIs), Bridgetek and FTDI are now expanding this product family to include a higher end version. Based on the widely-praised Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology, the new CleO50 shield has a larger 5.0” diagonal 800 x 480 pixel resolution TFT with built-in resistive touch screen, plus enhanced audio capabilities. As with the previous CleO solution, the CleO50 relies on advanced semiconductor devices.

To take care of processing tasks, as well as bridging between connected hardware and fast interface accessories (such as the camera module option), it incorporates an FT900 low power, performance-optimised 32-bit microcontroller with 8MBytes of on-board Flash memory. For this latest display solution, the graphics controller element has also been upgraded to an FT812 EVE IC, in order to support the larger, higher resolution screen and furthermore so that the CleO50 can benefit from 24-bit colour depth and video playback capabilities.

Another important new feature is the mikroBUS™ interface, via which the shield can connect to a vast array of different plug-and-play ‘click boards’ from MikroElektronika and thereby add extra functionality as required (such as heart rate monitors, rotary switches, communication modules, real-time clocks, accelerometers, GPS transceivers, etc.), without the inconvenience of having to alter the hardware settings. The shield’s Micro SD card slot can accommodate both standard SD (up to 2GByte) and high capacity SD (4GByte to 32GByte) memory cards. A PWM audio output with in-built speaker amplifier ensures elevated audio quality.

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