The TFT Plus Professional Kit 3 for Stellaris* offers a complete solution for creating graphical user interfaces on TFT displays using an ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller programmed in C.
* Note: The LX4F232H5QD in this kit is 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 has decided that the release version of this MCU will in fact be called TM4C123GH6PGE and 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 mikroProg for Tiva, a 2GB microSD card with adapter, a license of the Visual TFT design software, and the mikroC compiler & IDE for ARM (with USB license dongle).
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 is included, and code examples are available for free download. The board comes pre-programmed with a USB bootloader so you can program the board without any extra hardware. For development, pins and pads are available for installing a JTAG header compatible with the included mikroProg-Tiva programmer/debugger.
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.
mikroProg for Tiva Overview mikroProg for Tiva (formerly called mikroProg for Stellaris) is a fast programmer and hardware debugger. It is supported in most ARM compilers for programming. When used with the this kit's included mikroC compiler, it also operates as an in-circuit debugger.
Please see the mikroProg for Tiva 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.
Overview of Compiler and IDE for ARM Cortex mikroC for ARM is a full-featured compiler for Texas Instruments Stellaris/Tiva and STMicroelectronics STM32 ARM Cortex-M0/M3/M4 devices. It features an intuitive IDE, a powerful compiler, lots of hardware and software libraries, and additional tools that will help you in your work. It also comes with a comprehensive Help file (700 pages) and lots of ready-to-use examples designed to get you started in no time.
Each compiler license includes free upgrades and tech support for the lifetime of the product. The software features a Live Update service so you can get new features and improvements instantly.
This compiler is designed to be smart and efficient, so you can rely on it to do the hard work. It has advanced SSA optimizations that can reduce your code size up to 40 percent. Standard header files are included that make it easy to port your code from other C compilers.
Please see the mikroC for ARM page for a detailed list of features, documentation, and a downloadable demo version.
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