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Microchip
AC164144
Low-Cost Controllerless (LCC) Graphics PICtail™ Plus daughter board

The AC164144 enables the development of graphics applications without an external graphics controller.

Many user interfaces are migrating toward intuitive, easy-to-use graphics-driven systems with touch-screen capability. However, the addition of an external graphics controller can be cost prohibitive for applications in highly-competitive markets, such as consumer appliances. The 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller (MCU)-powered LCC Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board enables developers to directly drive 256 (8-bit-per-pixel)-color graphical user interfaces utilizing the PIC32 MCU’s on-chip memory, Direct Memory Access controller, and Parallel Master Port. This eliminates the need for an external graphics controller and lowers the Bill of Materials cost. Additionally, the board enables developers to “jumper” in the onboard 256 KB of SRAM to support 65K (16-bit-per-pixel)-color WQVGA interfaces.

Features

• Can drive QVGA 8bpp with PIC32 alone

• Can drive WQVGA 16bpp with external 256KB SRAM Frame buffer

• Display connector for interfacing with different display boards

• PICtail Plus Interface for connecting to Explorer 16 Development Board

• Starter Kit Connector