With the TFT Plus Designer Kit for Stellaris* M4, you can focus on the design of a TFT GUI for an LX4F232H5QD-based multimedia board.
* Note: The LX4F232H5QD was a pre-release version of what originally was going to be called LM4F232H5QD, so the documentation refers to it by that name. However, Texas Instruments decided that the release version of this MCU would in fact be called TM4C123GH6PGE and is considered part of the new Tiva family rather than Stellaris.
This kit bundles the mikromedia+ for Stellaris, a stylus for its touchscreen, a mikromedia+ for Stellaris Shield, a 2GB microSD card with adapter, and a license of the Visual TFT design software.
mikromedia+ for Stellaris Overview The mikromedia+ for Stellaris is a compact development system with lots of on-board peripherals which allows development of hand-held devices with multimedia content. The central part of the system is the 32-bit LX4F232H5QD ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller. The mikromedia+ for Stellaris features integrated modules such as stereo MP3 codec, 4.3-inch TFT 480×272 touch screen display, accelerometer, microSD card slot, buzzer, IR receiver, RGB LED, PIN photodiode, temperature sensor, 2.4GHz RF transceiver, 8Mbit Flash memory, RTC battery, Li-Poly battery charger, etc. The board also contains a mini-B USB OTG connector, power screw terminals, On/Off switch, and more.
The board measures 119.54 × 78 mm (4.71 } 3.07 inches). All unused microcontroller pins are available via pads along the sides of the board (header pins are provided loose). These allow you to add the mikromedia+ shield that is included in this kit.
A color user manual and code examples are included. The board comes pre-programmed with a USB bootloader, so no external programming hardware is required. If you do want to, pins and pads are available for installing a JTAG header compatible with the mikroProg for Tiva programmer/debugger (formerly called mikroProg for Stellaris).
The system is powered by your PC via USB. Simply plug in the USB cable and the TFT display will turn on automatically. It also can be battery powered.
Please see the mikromedia+ for Stellaris page for more details and to download its user manual.
mikromedia+ for Stellaris Shield Overview This shield allows you to expand the base functionality of the mikromedia+ for Stellaris. It provides four sockets for connecting mikroBUS add-on modules, plus a physical layer for CAN interface (with screw terminal connectors), and a USB-UART module (with mini-USB connector). The kit comes with headers for you to solder onto the mikromedia+ board and sockets for you to solder onto the shield.
The shield also provides screw terminals for an external power source (5-12V DC), and two additional grounding points. The notch cutout on the PCB maintains access to the JTAG header on the host mikromedia+ board.
Please see the mikromedia+ for Stellaris Shield page for more details and to download its user manual.
Visual TFT Overview Visual TFT is a standalone application used for rapid development of graphical user interfaces for TFT displays. The software generates code compatible with mikroElektronika compilers for all supported MCU architectures. Visual TFT implements an intuitive environment and many drag-and-drop components which can be used for building applications easily and fast. Upgrades to the Visual TFT software are free for life.
Please see the Visual TFT page for details, documentation, videos and a downloadable demo version.
Bundle with Compiler and IDE Available If you want to be able to develop software for the mikromedia+ board as well, you should instead purchase one of the TFT Plus Developer Kits which are available with a BASIC, Pascal or C compiler and IDE as well as an in-circuit debugger.
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