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Development Board: EasyFT90x v7 for FTDI FT900 Series US$169.00

Development Board: EasyFT90x v7 for FTDI FT900 Series

This EasyFT90x v7 board is a development board for FTDI's FT900 series of 32-bit microcontrollers. It comes with an FT900Q on a plug-in CPU module.

The FT90x family of microcontrollers can execute instructions from Shadow RAM, which enables them to operate with zero wait states at up to 100MHz. This translates into a processing speed of 310 DMIPS. The FT900 series takes advantage of that speed with an integrated camera interface. This board has a camera built in so you can experiment with that, along with many other modules and connectors, such as Ethernet, USB, CAN, audio, TFT touch screen, microSD, navigation switch, etc.

Two mikroBUS sockets enable you to add Click boards easily. There are more than 100 different Click boards available, so if the EasyFT90x board doesn't have the interface or peripheral you want to work with, there's a good chance that you'll find a Click board that can add what you need.

The board features nine Input/Output PORT groups with IDC10 headers, buttons and LEDs.

No external programming hardware is required, for the board contains a built-in mikroProg fast USB 2.0 programmer and hardware debugger.

FT900 Series Development Board Features

CPU Module FT900Q 32-bit RISC microcontroller operating at 100 MHz with True Zero Wait States (up to 3.1 DMIPS per MHz performance) from 256KB of shadow memory. CPU also has 64KB on-chip data memory, an Ethernet interface, a parallel camera interface, USB2.0 High-Speed (480Mbps) host controller with BCD emulation, I2S master/slave interface (24.57/22.57MHz), 65 general-purpose I/O pins, four 16-bit timers with prescale and watchdog function, two 10-bit DACs, two programmable UARTs, seven PWM, master/slave I2C, one master and two slave SPI, and two CAN controllers. This CPU Module can be removed and placed into your own final project.
3.3V power supply Board can be powered over USB cable or via an external power supply (barrel connector or screw terminals) at 9-32V DC or 7-23V AC.
mikroProg The on-board mikroProg in-circuit debugger/programmer supports all of the FT90x microcontrollers from FTDI. It allows you to program the microcontroller on the board via USB cable. The board also allows for eFUSE programming which can be used when you're ready to deploy a final product and want to ensure the chip cannot be reprogrammed.
Ethernet connector RJ45 connector gives you access to the on-chip Ethernet controller.
Audio connectors 3.5mm jacks enable you to connect headphones and a microphone to the on-board audio codec chip.
mikroBUS sockets Two mikroBUS sockets allow you to use plug-and-play Click Boards to add peripheral functions.
Serial Flash You can store up to 8 Mbits of data in the on-board M25P80 SPI Flash memory.
I2C EEPROM You can store up to 8x256 bytes of configuration or other data into the on-board 24AA01 Serial EEPROM.
Stereo MP3 codec The VS1053 MPEG audio codec with SPI interface is available for audio input and output. It supports many formats.
Temperature sensor support The board has sockets for installing a DS1820 digital temperature sensor and an LM35 analog temperature sensor. Neither is included.
microSD card slot You can store large amounts of data externally on a microSD card using SPI communication. microSD card not included.
ADC potentiometers You can simulate analog inputs using two provided analog potentiometers which can be connected to each of the 10 supported microcontroller analog input pins. Jumpers allow you to set which input pins they are connected to.
USB-UART connector A USB connector with FTDI USB-UART chip allows you to connect the board to a PC or other devices via virtual serial ports.
USB Host connector You can connect USB devices as a slave to the board, e.g. Flash drives, cameras, MP3 players, etc., via USB 2.0 communication.
USB Device connector You can connect this board as a slave to a PC or other USB Host via fast USB2.0 interface.
LCD with Touch Panel The board includes a 320240-pixel TFT color LCD with touch screen. A touch panel controller and a backlight controller are on board also. The TFT display can be replaced with a 12864-pixel monochromatic GLCD (sold separately), for which a potentiometer is provided to set contrast level.
Camera OVA767 CMOS sensor can record 30fps at VGA resolution (640480). It's connected to the MCU through an 8-bit Parallel Camera Interface.
Navigation switch This small joystick can be used for navigating on-screen menus or as a generic input device.
CAN controller The board has an MCP2551 CAN controller and screw terminals.
Piezo buzzer The piezo buzzer can be connected to two digital output pins, one of which is the PWM output.
Reset button High-quality reset button and circuit ensures stable reset operation.
Tri-state DIP switches Three-position DIP switches allow you to enable a 4K7 pull-up or pull-down resistor on any desired port pin.
Push buttons & LEDs Buttons and LEDs in each input/output group enable you to have digital inputs on each port pin. That's 66 buttons & LEDs in total.
Button press level Three-position DIP switches allow you to pull up or pull down the buttons in each input/output group.
Port headers Two male IDC10 port headers are available for each input/output group one row of headers on the bottom edge, one row on the right edge of the board. The exception is the I/O group to which the navigation switch is connected. Headers for that are available only on the right edge of the board.
Oscilloscope GND pins Three GND pins are available on the board for easy connection to GND reference when using oscilloscope probes.

Software Examples

The downloadable software examples ZIP file (see below) contains the following software, both as ready-to-load compiled code and as source code written in C, BASIC and Pascal. The source codes provide detailed explanatory comments.
  • ADC demo, displaying results on PORT 08-15 and 16-23.
  • Button press demo, toggles LEDs on PORT 16-23 when button on PORT 08-15 is pressed.
  • Simple calculator demo for touchscreen.
  • Camera demo
  • CAN demos
  • Simple I2C demo, writing one byte on 24C02 EEPROM then reading it and displaying on PORT 16-23.
  • Advanced I2C demo, initializing, writing to and reading 24C02 EEPROM, displaying via UART.
  • Ethernet demo
  • GLCD demo, shows pattern fill, image display, geometric shapes, and text handling (GLCD sold separately)
  • Joystick demo
  • LED curtain effect demo
  • Blinking LED demo
  • Demonstration of LM35 analog temperature sensor. Displays temperature on the TFT. (LM35 sold separately.)
  • Map application demo. Displays a world map. Touching continents opens up an information display.
  • Demonstrations of MMC/SD functions and library for reading/writing files and observing results through USART terminal.
  • Demonstration of communicating with VS1053B codec. Reads MP3 file from MMC and sends it to VS1053B for decoding and playback.
  • Demonstration of DS18x20 digital temperature sensor, prints results on TFT. (DS18x20 sold separately.)
  • Demonstration of Serial Flash usage (chip erase, read Flash ID, read/write a byte, read/write an array).
  • Demonstration of game graphic interfaces. Use a touch-joypad to move a ball through a maze with obstacles.
  • Demonstration of using sound library to play tones on the piezo buzzer.
  • Demonstration of TFT display elements.
  • Demonstration of Touch Panel calibration and writing for GLCD (optional GLCD sold separately)
  • Demonstrations of UART libraries via loopback interface. Data sent to MCU through UART are sent back.
  • HID demos (Interrupt and Polling methods), establishes connection with HID terminal on PC. Characters typed on the PC are echoed back.

Package Contents

  • EasyFT90x v7 Board
  • USB cable
  • Printed documentation

FT900 Series Development Board Resources

Expansion Modules

There are more than 120 add-on boards you can find in the mikroElektronika Accessory Boards category, some of which connect directly to the IDC10 port expansion headers, and some which must be wired up. See also the mikroBUS Category for plug-and-play expansion modules that utilize the mikroBUS sockets on this board.

Changing the CPU

You can get an extra MCU card module using the add-on option below.

Optional Recommended Products for this Item
Plastic Pen Stylus for Touch Screens+ US$2.00
DS18S20+ Digital Temperature Sensor, TO-92 Package+ US$5.13
Temperature Sensor, Analog, C Calibrated, LM35DZ, TO-92 Package+ US$1.87
Visual TFT GUI Design Software w/ Templates for mikroElektronika+ US$99.00
Power Supply 3-12V DC, U.S. plug, 6 connection tips+ US$11.00
Power Supply 3-12V DC, US/UK/Euro/AU Plugs, 100-240VAC+ US$13.00
Graphic LCD 12864 with Touch Screen, Negative Blue, White B/L+ US$24.00
GLCD Design Software for mikroElektronika Boards, Key File+ US$99.00
USB 2.0 Cable, 6ft., A-Male / B-Male+ US$6.00
USB 2.0 Cable, 6ft. A-Male / Mini-USB (5-pin) B-Male+ US$6.00
USB 2.0 Cable, 6ft. A-Male / Micro-USB (5-pin) B-Male+ US$6.00
Ethernet Cable, CAT5E 350MHz Unshielded, 7ft.+ US$3.60
Ethernet Crossover Cable, CAT5E 350MHz Unshielded, 5ft.+ US$7.00
FT900Q MCU Card for EasyFT90x v7 Development System+ US$24.00

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 31 March, 2015.


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