Microchip Technology Inc.'s new AC164144 PIC32 board is a low-cost, controllerless, graphics PICtail Plus daughter board that enables the development of graphics applications without an external graphics controller.The 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller (MCU)-powered AC164144 enables
developers to directly drive 256 (8-bit-per-pixel)-color graphical user interfaces utilizing the PIC32 MCU’s on-chip memory, Direct Memory Access controller, and Parallel Master Port. This eliminates the need for an external graphics controller and lowers the Bill of Materials cost. The board enables developers to “jumper” in the onboard 256 KB of SRAM to support 65K (16-bit-per-pixel)-color WQVGA interfaces.
The new daughter board can be used with an Explorer 16 Development Board or PIC32 Starter Kit such as the PIC32 USB Starter Kit 2, and can be hooked up to any of the LCD panels available from Microchip, including the Truly 3.2” QVGA and Powertip 4.3” WQVGA display panels. It is supported by Microchip’s free Graphics Library and makes it easy to incorporate graphical user interfaces onto designs in the industrial, home appliance, consumer, and automotive markets.