e-paper displays extension kit piggybacks onto various dev boards

e-paper displays extension kit piggybacks onto various dev boards

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By Julien Happich

With its PDi Apps utility, the EPD Extension Kit Gen 2 (EXT2) allows equipment designers to explore EPD technology to understand how it works and explore features like global updates and fast partial updates. Available from Digi-Key, the kit can also be used as a bridge to replace an existing display while developing a new application, easing the design task and speeding time to market. The EPD driving interface and open-source driving code provided by the EXT2 kit expedites the design of EPDs while the board provides FPC connector types that support the majority of PDi’s e-paper displays. The board also features a socket that allows it to be directly stacked on various Texas Instruments (TI) LaunchPad development kits (including soon Bluetooth and WiFi-enabled versions) through the standardized BoosterPack plug-in module.  Designers can also use the on-board headers of EXT2 to bridge with a current product design or any other development kit. Additionally, the EXT2 provides on-board driver circuits to support applications with EPDs that use external or internal timing controllers (eTC or iTC) and builds with different material films.

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