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Brian is a well known author who uses different programming platforms and programs for his projects and articles. He regularly writes for different electronics magazines, including Svet elektronike  (published in the Slovenian language).


Because Brian's articles are really great we have decided to publish them in English free of charge for all visitors of our web page.



Using NeoPixel LED's to Build a Unique Wall Clock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Millier   
Friday, 27 May 2016 00:00

 

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Like everyone interested in electronics, I'm hearing daily about the “Internet of Things” as well as “wearables” which I think is driven by an industry desperate to find the next “Great New Product”  to sell us. I'm not sure how useful these new ideas will be.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:52
 
The FTDI EVE graphics controller (1) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Millier   
Friday, 27 May 2016 00:00

 

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Sophisticated graphics using only a modest 8-bit MCU

Most electronics enthusiasts strive to make their projects as user-friendly and commercial in appearance as possible. I'm no exception, and lately I have been trying to use TFT colour displays with touch-screen capability whenever practical. Although they are still somewhat expensive, you should also consider the savings that you can obtain by eliminating many of the switches, potentiometers, etc. that the touch-screen can replace.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:51
 
The FTDI EVE graphics controller (2) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Millier   
Friday, 27 May 2016 00:00

 

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Basic Hook-up and Programming

In Part 1 of this series I covered the basic features and advantages of the FTDI FT800 EVE graphics controller chip. In doing so, I mentioned several other methods of obtaining color TFT touch-screen functionality, including both “dumb” TFT displays that interface to your MCU via an 8/16 bit parallel port, as well as “intelligent” TFT display modules such as those sold by 4D Systems. I feel that FTDI's EVE solution is both cost-effective and lends itself well to being interfaced with modest 8-bit MCUs, like the Atmel Mega328P that is found on many of the popular Arduino boards (i.e. the Uno). This month I'm going to show the reader how to get started using some of the EVE-powered TFT touch-screen modules that are currently available. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:56
 
The FTDI EVE graphics controller (3) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 May 2016 00:00

 

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Introducing some useful FT800 GUI Routines

At the end of last month's EVE article, I showed you the basic code needed to initialize the FT800 controller and to produce a simple start-up screen. I mentioned that you must do some form of touchscreen calibration if you wish to use the touchscreen capability.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:54
 


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