4D Systems launches two new LCD display modules

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4D Systems launches two new display modules - uLCD-144(SGC) and uLCD-144(GFX) - offering new, cost effective and versatile embedded graphics display solutions.

4D Systems launched today two new display modules: uLCD-144(SGC) and uLCD-144(GFX). The new modules include a 1.44", full colour active matrix LCD TFT display and are based on 4D Labs' GOLDELOX-SGC and GOLDELOX-GFX2 chips. Their rich set of features, tiny form factor, low cost, and ease-of-use make them one of the most flexible graphics solutions available.

Sydney, Australia - July 2010 - 4D Systems announced today the launch of two new 1.44" LCD TFT display modules - uLCD-144(SGC) and uLCD-144(GFX). The modules are based on the 4D Labs' GOLDELOX-SGC and GOLDELOX-GFX2 graphics processors. They are designed to work straight out-of-the-box, simplify development, and significantly reduce development cost and time-to-market. Both modules provide a cost effective LCD display addition to the existing range of 4D Systems' OLED display modules with the embedded GOLDELOX graphics processor. The modules will begin shipping in July this year.

The display on the modules is a high quality and low cost 1.44", 128 x 128 pixel, 65k colour TFT-LCD panel with a LED back light with greater than 150 degree viewing angle. The uLCD-144(SGC) and uLCD-144(GFX) include an embedded GOLDELOX-SGC serial graphics processor and GOLDELOX-GFX2 graphics processor respectively. Both modules support external SD/microSD memory cards for storing images, video clips, fonts and general purpose data logging. The uLCD-144(GFX) also includes 10K bytes of flash memory for user code storage and 510 bytes of RAM for user variables.

The iD-144-SGC offers a simple and effective serial interface to any host micro-controller that can communicate via a serial port. All screen related functions are sent using a simple protocol via the serial interface. The serial platform allows users to develop their application using their favourite micro-controller and software development tools. 4D Systems also provides handy software tools for testing and development.

The GOLDELOX-GFX2 chip embedded in the uLCD-144(GFX) display allows users to write applications using 4DGL (a high level 4D Graphics Language) that has syntax similar to popular languages such as BASIC, C and Pascal. 4DGL enables users to develop applications that run stand-alone on the display and gives access to additional I/O on the GOLDELOX-GFX2 chip. The two GPIO ports of the uLCD-144(GFX) support digital I/O, A/D converter with 8/10 bit resolution, complex sound generation, dedicated RTTTL tune engine, multi-switch joystick and Dallas1-Wire. 4DGL-Workshop3 - A comprehensive IDE that includes editor, compiler, linker and downloader is provided free of charge for developing complete 4DGL applications.

"We are very pleased with the new uLCD-144 series of display modules and these being the first new display module designs that we are producing in-house. Expanding our range to include a number of LCD display modules will provide our customers with more versatile opportunities to experiment with our GOLDELOX-SGC and GFX2 processors in application development. We are all about helping users simplify their application development process, reduce costs, development time and above all time-to-market, and the uLCD-144 is an excellent addition to our line of products in helping us help our customers." - Sinan Aknar, Global Marketing and Director, 4D Systems.

The uLCD-144(SGC) and uLCD-144(GFX) are available for purchase from your local distributors or resellers, or directly from 4D Systems. Single unit prices for the displays start at 29USD/23EUR. All software tools are available as a free download from 4D Systems' website at www.4systems.com.au.

About 4D Systems - Turning Technology into Art

4D Systems is a global leader in development and manufacture of intelligent graphic display modules, with headquarters in Sydney, Australia and regional office in Vienna, Austria. 4D Systems designs and manufactures compact and cost effective intelligent display modules using the latest state of the art OLED and LCD technology with an embedded custom graphics processor that delivers stand-alone functionality to various applications and provides rapid time-to-market on new product development.

For further information about uLCD-144 series of modules please see the attached data sheets or visit www.4dsystems.com.au.

µLCD-144(SGC) Serial LCD Display Module Data Sheet (pdf)
µLCD-144(GFX) 4DGL Platform LCD Display Module Data Sheet (pdf)