With the TFT Designer Kit for PIC, you can focus on the design of a TFT GUI on a multimedia board with a PIC18FJ 8-bit processor.
It bundles the mikromedia for PIC module with a license for the Visual TFT design software, plus a stylus for the mikromedia touchscreen and a 2GB microSD card with adapter. Purchasing this bundle affords you a discount over purchasing the items separately.
If you know how to program in BASIC, Pascal or C and want to do more serious development, consider one of the TFT Developer Kits for PIC18FJ which also include a full compiler and IDE plus a development board with plenty of peripherals and an on-board in-system programmer.
There are six versions of this kit, made from six different mikromedia boards. The following table provides a breakdown of the differences between the mikromedia boards, so you can decide which one is right for you. Use the links on the top row to visit each mikromedia board's page for detailed information and user manuals for each one. Use the links in the second row to switch to the order page for a different version of this kit if you decide upon a different mikromedia board.
|mikromedia ||PIC18FJ ||PIC24 ||PIC24EP ||dsPIC33 ||dsPIC33EP ||PIC32 |
|TFT Designer Kit || This kit || MIKROE-890 || MIKROE-1222 || MIKROE-889 || MIKROE-1218 || MIKROE-894 |
|Microcontroller ||PIC18F87J150 ||PIC24FJ256GB110 ||PIC24EP512GU810 ||dsPIC33FJ256GP710A ||dsPIC33EP512MU810 ||PIC32MX460F512L |
|Architecture ||8-bit ||16-bit ||16-bit ||16-bit ||16-bit ||32-bit |
|CPU speed ||12 MIPS ||16 MIPS ||70 MIPS ||40 MIPS ||70 MIPS ||120 MIPS |
|Flash memory ||128 KB ||256 KB || 512 KB ||256 KB ||512 KB ||512 KB |
|RAM (bytes) ||3904 ||16384 ||53248 ||30720 ||53248 ||32768 |
|MCU Operating Voltage ||2V to 3.6V ||2V to 3.6V ||3V to 3.6V ||2V to 3.6V ||3V to 3.6V ||2.3V to 3.6V |
|USB Device ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||No ||Yes ||Yes |
|USB-UART ||No ||No ||No ||Yes ||No ||No |
|51.7 mA ||56.2 mA ||57 mA ||59.7 mA ||56.2 mA ||113 mA |
|Backlight current ||42 mA ||42 mA ||42 mA ||42 mA ||42 mA ||42 mA |
|Max. I2C speed ||400 kHz ||400 kHz ||400 kHz ||400 kHz ||400 kHz ||400 kHz |
|Max. microSD SPI speed ||12 MHz ||16 MHz ||35 MHz ||16 MHz ||35 MHz ||20 MHz |
|Max. Serial Flash SPI speed ||12 MHz ||16 MHz ||35 MHz ||16 MHz ||35 MHz ||40 MHz |
|Max. Audio codec SPI speed ||3 MHz ||2 MHz ||2.1 MHz ||4 MHz ||2.1 MHz ||3.33 MHz |
If you love 8-bit programming, use mikromedia for PIC18FJ. If you need a 16-bit microcontroller with peripheral pin select and loads of modules, choose mikromedia for PIC24 or PIC24EP. If you need motor control, FFT or DSP, choose mikromedia for dsPIC33 or dsPIC33EP. If you want top performance and high processing power, choose mikromedia for PIC32.
Each mikromedia board is a compact development system with lots of on-board peripherals which provides a convenient platform for development of devices with multimedia content. The microcontroller on each board comes with a fast USB HID bootloader installed so that you can program from your PC without any extra hardware. It also can be programmed with a Microchip ICD2, ICD3 or compatible external programmer (header pins are provided loose). The mikromedia features integrated modules such as audio module, TFT 320×240 touch screen display, USB connector for communication with the microcontroller, accelerometer, Flash memory, and microSD card connector.
The system can be powered by a lithium-polymer battery, or by your PC via USB. When you plug in the USB cable, the TFT display will turn on automatically.
The mikromedia board measures 8 × 6 cm (3.14 × 2.36 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 on mikromedia shields (see options below), or to add the board to the mikromedia WorkStation development board.
mikromedia Shields Once you've developed your application, the mikromedia module can become a hand-held device. Among the Optional Recommended Products listed at the bottom of this page are mikromedia Shields that provide interfaces so you can connect peripherals, or prototyping space where you can build your own circuitry for the hand-held mikromedia module.
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.
mikromedia Designer Kit for PIC18FJ Package Contents
- mikromedia for PIC18FJ
- Visual TFT software license (key sent in email or provided on a card in the package)
- 2GB microSD card with adapter
- Plastic stylus for mikromedia touchscreen
- USB cable
- Printed user manuals and schematics
Optional Recommended Products for this Item