The µLCD-32PTU is a compact Intelligent Display Module from 4D Systems packed with plenty of features, ready to become the GUI for your project, and capable of being an interface controller for a number of applications.
At the heart of the design is the PICASO processor, which is driven by a highly optimised virtual core engine called EVE (Extensible Virtual Engine). A whole bunch of hardware and software peripherals have been integrated into the design, to give you the freedom to adapt the module to suit almost any application.
The µLCD-32PTU is a combination of a 3.2” (240x320) LCD Screen, audio amplifier and speaker, micro-SD card connector, Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery support, along with a group of general purpose input/output pins (GPIO's), including I2C and serial COMMS.
Note: The module can be switched to a "SGC" by changing the firmware. It's been brought to our attention that trying to program the 4D screens using an FTDI breakout can damage the driver. Check the Recommended Items section below for 4D Systems' µUSB-PA5.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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Using Visi-Genie it takes very little time to get a good understanding of how to use the display. Connecting it to an Arduino for some analog inputs took little time. It was exceptionally easy, for the complexity of the projects that can be done.