FT801 - Capacitive touch enabled display, audio and touch controller

The FT801 brings together the functionality and system benefits of Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology together with the increased brightness, interactivity and vividness associated with capacitive touchscreen technology.

The FT801 brings together the functionality and system benefits of Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology together with the increased brightness, interactivity and vividness associated with capacitive touchscreen technology.

The device is packaged in the same 48 pin QFN footprint as the FT800 and promotes architecture re-use for capacitive display needs, whilst providing the key elements seen in the FT800 including 3 in1 functionality (Display, Audio and Touch) and 1/16th pixel resolution, thus lowering BOM costs.

The FT801 can be easily interfaced to a capacitive touch controller via an I2C interface. The capacitive touch panel module (CTPM) asserts an interrupt when a touch is detected, signalling the FT801 to read the touch data via I2C. Additionally the FT801 supports a Compatibility touch mode, where existing FT800 application code can be run with single touch events detected, and Extended mode, which supports multi-touch sensing (up to 5 touchpoints) and gesturing.

Key features:

  • Single chip for Display, Audio and Touch control
  • Up to 512 x 512 pixel resolution
  • 262K colours (6 Red, 6 Green, 6 Blue)
  • Anti-Aliasing
  • 2-bit colour dither
  • Programmable HSYNC/VSYNC timing
  • Backlight control
  • Object oriented programming approach
  • Embedded widgets to assist with creating complex images
  • Mono audio output
  • 64 in-built polyphonic tones
  • Capacitive touch screen support with up to 5 touches and gesture detection
  • Hardware engine to recognise touch and track touch movement, which can provide notification for up to 255 touch tags
  • Enhanced sketch processing
  • Programmable interrupt controller providing interrupts to host MPU/MCU
  • Full functionality without the requirement of frame buffer RAM
  • Object oriented architecture, enabling use of low cost MPU/MCU as system host, using I2C (clocking up to 3.4MHz) and SPI (up to 30MHz) interfaces.
  • Support for both Mutual and Projected Capacitive Touch display controller

For sales and technical development support from our in-house engineering team, please contact the Alpha Micro team.

 

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  • QVGA and WQVGA resolution TFT displays with parallel RGB interface
  • Point of Sales machines
  • Multi-function printers
  • Instrumentation
  • Home security systems
  • Graphic touch pad - remote, dial pad
  • Tele / Video conference systems
  • Switchboards
  • Medical appliances
  • Blood pressure displays
  • Heart monitors
  • Gas chromatographs
  • Power meters
  • Home appliance devices
  • Thermostats
  • Sprinkler system displays
  • Medical appliances
  • Vending machine control panels
  • Elevator controls
Part Number Description Pack Size
FT801Q-R 48-pin VQFN Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controller IC, pitch 0.5mm, body 7mm x 7mm x 0.9mm Reel of 2,500
FT801Q-T
48-pin VQFN Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controller IC, pitch 0.5mm, body 7mm x 7mm x 0.9mm
Tray of 250
VM801B Basic Development Platform
Part Number Description Pack Size
VM801B43A-BK

VM801B module, supports 3.3/5V MCU Adapter Board, 4.3" 480x272 resolution TFT LCD display panel preinstalled, black bezel

Each
VM801B43A-PL VM801B module, supports 3.3/5V MCU Adapter Board, 4.3" 480x272 resolution TFT LCD display panel preinstalled, pearl bezel
Each
VM801B50A-BK VM801B module, supports 3.3/5V MCU Adapter Board, 5" 480x272 resolution TFT LCD display panel preinstalled, black bezel
Each
VM801B50A-PL VM801B module, supports 3.3/5V MCU Adapter Board, 5" 480x272 resolution TFT LCD display panel preinstalled, pearl bezel
Each
VM801P Standalone Development Platform
Part Number Description Pack Size
VM801P43A-BK

VM801P Display System, ATMEG328P @ 5V/16MHz, Micro-SD socket, 4.3" 480x272 resolution TFT LCD with capacitive touch panel, black case

Each
VM801P43A-PL VM801P Display System, ATMEG328P @ 5V/16MHz, Micro-SD socket, 4.3" 480x272 resolution TFT LCD with capacitive touch panel, pearl case
Each
VM801P50A-BK VM801P Display System, ATMEG328P @ 5V/16MHz, Micro-SD socket, 5.0" 480x272 resolution TFT LCD with capacitive touch panel, black case
Each
VM801P50A-PL VM801P Display System, ATMEG328P @ 5V/16MHz, Micro-SD socket, 5.0" 480x272 resolution TFT LCD with capacitive touch panel, pearl case
Each

FTDI offer a range of development platforms for the FT801:

VM801B

The VM801B is a development module for FTDI's FT801, which is used to develop and demonstrate the functionality of the FT801 Embedded Video Engine, EVE. The VM801B utilises the FTDI FT801 Embedded Video Engine, EVE. Graphic, audio and touch features of the FT801 chip can be accessed with the VM801B.

This module behaves as an SPI slave, and requires a SPI Master for proper micro-controller interfacing and system integration.AlphaMicro_FTDI_VM801B_01_300px

VM801B modules support 2 different LCD panel size options and are designed for industrial or commercial environments with precision fitted bezels in either black (-BK) or pearl (-PL).

  • VM801B43A-xx is the 4.3" LCD
  • VM801B50A-xx is the 5.0" LCD

VM801P

The VM801P is a development module for FTDI's FT801, which is used to develop and demonstrate the functionality of the FT801 Embedded Video Engine, EVE. The VM801P is a stand-alone display system which has a flash based microcontroller on board, thus providing a fully integrated display system ready to go.

The VM801P supports many I/O daughter cards or shields for expanding external interfacing and control. These shields use 1 or 2 Micro-MaTch miniature connectors to interface to the VM801P main module. Users will be able to purchase shields from FTDI Chip in the coming months, or alternatively can build their own shield for specific applications.

The VM801P series of modules support 2 different LCD panel size options and are designed for industrial or commercial environments with precision fitted bezels in either black (-BK) or pearl (-PL):

  • VM801P43A-xx is the 4.3" LCD
  • VM801P50A-xx is the 5.0" LCD

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Last updated: 13 April 2017