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TFT Designer Kit - dsPIC33: mikromedia Board, GUI Software US$181.00

TFT Designer Kit - dsPIC33: mikromedia Board, GUI Software

With the TFT Designer Kit for dsPIC33, you can focus on the design of a TFT GUI on a multimedia board with a dsPIC33FJ digital signal processor.

It bundles the mikromedia for dsPIC33 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 dsPIC33 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 MIKROE-888 MIKROE-890 MIKROE-1222 This kit 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
(backlight on)
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 320240 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 dsPIC33FJ Package Contents

    • mikromedia for dsPIC33
    • 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
    Li-Polymer Battery, 3.7V, 2000mAh, Molex 5264-2P+ US$19.90
    mikromedia workStation v7 Board for PIC-based mikromedia Boards+ US$129.00
    2x AAA Battery Adapter and Prototype Area (Battery Boost Shield)+ US$14.00
    Screw Terminal & Prototype Board for mikromedia (Connect Shield)+ US$16.00
    Prototype Board Shield for mikromedia (mikromedia PROTO Shield)+ US$6.90
    mikroBUS Shield for mikromedia+ US$7.50
    Gaming Shield for mikromedia: Control Buttons, Speakers, LEDs+ US$18.00

    This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 04 February, 2014.


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