Microsemi Introduces SmartFusion LCD Display Reference Design

Microsemi recently introduced a LCD display reference design for industrial and medical applications. The reference design is based on the SmartFusion customizable system-on-chip. The SmartFusion cSoC integrates FPGA technology with a hardened ARM Cortex-M3 processor and programmable analog blocks. The SmartFusion display reference design source files and user’s guide are available now.

The cSoC reference design is architecturally partitioned, with the computationally intensive portion of a customized display controller implemented within the SmartFusion flash-based FPGA fabric. This structure helps product engineers to harness the processing power of the ARM Cortex-M3 for key system layer control task management and algorithm execution tasks. This includes supporting human machine interface (HMI) functionality and various communication protocols that are typically required in industrial and medical applications.

The flexible cSoC architecture enables product developers to support a wide variety of LCD panel configurability options, as well as the ability to change LCD driver functionality to support product upgrades on a cost-effective, remote basis. In addition, the new platform supports Open Graphic Library Safety Critical (OpenGL SC), an industry-standard pertaining to the development of safety-critical embedded display systems.

The OpenGL SC application programming interface (API) runs on SmartFusion’s integrated ARM processor, enabling developers to easily create graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for standard or customized LCD displays.

Microsemi SmartFusion cSoC Reference Design Features

  • Hardware acceleration using FPGA fabric, providing tight integration of processor system and programmable logic
  • Fully customizable LCD controller with the ability to drive different display panels regardless of interface, resolution or manufacturer
  • LCD controller supporting timing generation, color space conversion and alpha blending
  • LCD backlight control

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