Exor/Sitek International, Arrow Electronics’ European reference board team and design partner, has developed the EasyLCD System advanced FPGA-based video and imaging solution. EasyLCD System meets the image processing speed and quality standards required by the automotive, marine, consumer, building automation, and industrial control markets. The platform provides developers with the necessary hardware and software to develop and test video display systems. The EasyLCD Evaluation Kit is available in several LCD configurations.
Designed as a modular system, the EasyLCD platform consists of a system baseboard, an FPGA mezzanine module and a TFT LCD display module. The EasyLCD system can be used to develop video and display systems, or it can be integrated into OEM video and display applications.
Easily integrated with third party and custom IP, the main component of the EasyLCD system is a reconfigurable FPGA-based video controller that can support LatticeECP2[tm] FPGAs with densities from 12K to 50K LUTs in package sizes up to 484-ball fpBGA. The LatticeECP2 FPGA devices have been optimized to deliver high performance features in an economical FPGA fabric. The devices include Look-Up Table (LUT)-based logic, distributed and embedded memory, Phase Locked Loops (PLLs), Delay Locked Loops (DLLs), pre-engineered source synchronous I/O support, enhanced sysDSP[tm] blocks and advanced configuration support.
In addition to the LatticeECP2 FPGA, each evaluation board features 64Mbytes of DDRAM video memory, and a powerful 16bpp LCD video controller that can be configured for resolutions from QVGA to high definition in 4:3 and 16:9 formats. The EasyLCD system supports two PAL/NTSC composite video inputs and one analog VGA input. Each software selectable video input supplies a digital video stream to the FPGA for real-time manipulation and display on the LCD screen.
Designed to provide comprehensive graphic processing functionality, the EasyLCD video platform incorporates a 2D graphics accelerator and can handle picture scaling and cropping of real-time video. An I²C interface facilitates “plug-and-play” LCD connectivity, while a backlight inverter enables ON/OFF and dimming control.
The platform offers a four-wire analog resistive touch screen input and the overall system capabilities can be expanded through the addition of SRAM and Flash memory. A high-speed USB 2.0 interface operating at 480Mbps ensures the rapid transfer of graphics images and accelerates system programming.
Evaluation software support is included that provides the ability to control all the on-board functions through the USB interface. Flexible video and control systems can be developed using the JMobile software suite available from Exor International.