TIMI-96 is a unique breadboard compatible display development module, aimed to speed up and reinvent the way electronic testing, development and projects are carried out, in either stand alone, host interfaced, PC tethered, or educational settings.
Wrapped in a sleek metal frame, TIMI can be viewed at any angle. Boasting a full RBG (65K vivid colors) display with 160×80 resolution. TIMI is a 0.96” TFT LCD display module that is driven directly by a PIXXI-28 graphics processor from 4D Labs. It features a unique MatesBus interface, which is simple to use in both breadboard applications, as well as on adapters or directly into developed products.
TIMI’s main interface is a 3.3V level Asynchronous Serial UART and features three GPIO which can be used as Digital or Analog inputs, Digital Outputs, Controller I2C Communication or PWM Audio output. These interfaces arm TIMI with resources to be either a stand-alone controller, a Host driven peripheral, or a tethered test instrument, while being capable of interfacing and powering external devices itself.
TIMI-96 utilizes the BBM MatesBus, which is a unique interface pinout designed to be simple and easy to use.
The MatesBus is made up of two rows of five pins, 0.1” (2.54mm) pitch, spaced 0.3” (7.62mm) apart, ideal for direct plug into a breadboard, or compatible adapter or development board.
While the TIMI-96 can be orientated in any of its four positions, Portrait, Landscape, Portrait Reversed and Landscape Reversed, its natural position forms an upside-down ‘T’ shape and is designed to interface with the bottom of a breadboard, sitting closest to the User, leaving the top part of the breadboard free for components and wiring.
TIMI was created as a flexible design aid, primarily to simulate components readouts and meters, which would otherwise be cumbersome or demanding on hardware resources for breadboard or electronic development. Simulating component readouts allows accelerated development and retains the often-limited GPIO hardware associated with many developments.
TIMI was designed for engineers, hobbyists, and students, from beginner to advanced levels, designed to make breadboarding or project development, easier.
NOTE: The Mates Programmer in the picture is not included and is used for demonstration purposes only, sold separately.
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I construct a lot of experimental circuits that typically involve some type of measurement or observation (e.g., sun sensor for a 'cubesat'). This little sensor can sit off the end of a breadboard and can give me all the casual measurements I need without haviing to lug out a meter. I have had some experience with 4d Systems displays in the past, so I found programming the device (using Mates Studio and downloading the PIXXI-28 command sheet from 4d Systems) to be straight forward. I did migrate to the "expert mode" of this program because of my previous experience and because I wanted to use one of the TIMI's onboard ADCs. Buyers should know that you must also buy a Mates programmer to program one or more of these displays. Definitely glad I got one of these and may look at other varieties (larger displays) in the future.