Thursday, June 14, 2012

Microchip’s Remote Control Demo Board Integrates Graphics, Touch Sensing, USB and Wireless Connectivity

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the availability of its Remote Control Demo Board, which integrates graphics, touch sensing, USB, and wireless communications (ZigBee® RF4CE).  The board demonstrates a remote control populated with a PIC24FJ256DA210 MCU, 3.5” graphical TFT LCD display with resistive touch screen, capacitive touch keys with plastic overlay, MRF24J40 2.4 GHz transceiver and ZENA™ wireless adapter.

Many consumer products now feature colorful graphical displays and touch capability.  And, RF-based remote controls are becoming more prevalent, as they provide bi-directional communication and work through walls (no line-of-sight communication is required).  Microchip’s remote-control demo is in the form factor of a wireless remote control, but it can also be used as a reference design to build any type of application that requires a graphical display, touch sensing, USB and/or wireless capability.  The demo is supported by free source code that customers can use to customize for various graphical screens or touch-button scenarios.  The MRF24J40 transceiver can be used with the 2.4 GHz RF4CE, ZigBee® or MiWi™ protocols, depending upon the wireless needs of the end application. The demo showcases how a vivid color display application can use a low cost PIC24 MCU with integrated graphics driver, utilizing only the on-chip RAM to eliminate the cost of external memory.

“The Remote Control Demo Board was developed to help customers get to market quickly with Microchip’s graphics, mTouch™ sensing, USB and wireless solutions,” said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s MCU16 Division.  “The demo comes populated with our low-cost graphics microcontroller and wireless transceiver to enable a cost-effective system solution.”

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