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