The FTDI FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) is a high quality graphics chip with 3-in-1 functionality for graphical user interface (GUI) development. The FT800 combines display, audio, and touch operations into a single chip, providing an optimised solution that reduces power, board area, and bill of material (BOM) costs; a complete solution to create interactive displays. Targeting intelligent QVGA and WQVGA TFT display panels, EVE’s object-oriented approach renders display images in a line-by-line manner with resolution of 1/16th of a pixel, eliminating the expense of traditional frame buffer memory.
The FT800 interfaces to the system microcontroller by a low bandwidth serial interface, allowing for lower cost MCUs to be used in the design. The controller supports 4-wire resistive touch sensing with built-in intelligent touch detection and an embedded audio processor that allows MIDI-like sounds, combined with pulse code modulation (PCM) for audio playback.
Mouser is also stocking complementary development boards for use with the FT800, including the credit-card sized VM800C board series that comes in 3.5, 4.3, or 5-in. LCD display with a 4-wire resistive touch screen. The VM800B series is similar and is designed for easy mounting inside a bezel. Both have a USB micro-B port which can also power the board.