24 10, 2023

The gen4-ESP32 Range: Elevating Display Technology

2024-03-20T18:58:50+11:00Categories: Product News|Tags: |

4D Systems is excited to announce the launch of the gen4-ESP32 range, marking a significant step forward in the world of embedded displays and IoT applications. The gen4-ESP32 range is ideally suited for the dynamic world of IoT. Supported by a vibrant community of developers, it offers endless possibilities in applications ranging from home automation and data monitoring, to alarm systems, and everything in between.

Expanding Horizons with ESP32

The ESP32 has gained widespread adoption across various market segments, serving as a versatile microcontroller for numerous applications. Its compatibility with popular development environments like Arduino and microPython has made it a go-to choice for developers. A new line of smart displays is approaching the market, with ESP32 at the core. Leveraging 4D technology, customers already familiar with the ESP32 will find it easy to integrate and use this range of displays.

If you are already using products such as gen4-uLCD, you’ll find that the gen4-ESP32 range retains the same gen4 form factor, making migration seamless.

Compared to the gen4-IoD line, based on the ESP8266, the gen4-ESP32 range offers more power and versatility, unlocks new possibilities with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity with a familiar programming language, making it more accessible.

Versatile Possibilities

The gen4-ESP32 presents a comprehensive solution that caters to both beginners and seasoned engineers seeking a user-friendly and familiar approach to integrating displays into their products or applications.

The use of ESP32-S3 features offers a smooth setup, handled automatically by Workshop4 IDE. The Workshop4 IDE streamlines development with its user-friendly interface and comprehensive library tools, eliminating complex setups.

The gen4-ESP32 ensures compatibility with all existing development environments available on this processor, offering comprehensive support to cater to a wide range of user needs.

Its comprehensive size range starts from 2.4 inches and extends to 5.0 inches, with plans for 7.0-inch and 9.0-inch options in the near future. In contrast, other products in the market often provide only one or two size options, resulting in an inconsistent form factor landscape.

The graphics system is designed for effortless usability, while the uSD (microSD) provides a robust data repository. The included library tools are entirely customisable, allowing users to achieve their desired aesthetic rather than being limited to predefined widgets.

ESP32 Use Cases and Applications

What sets the gen4-ESP32 Range apart is its unconstrained potential. While other product ranges serve specific purposes, the ESP32 offers an all-in-one solution. With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a familiar programming language, and compatibility with the Workshop4 IDE, it combines the best features of all other ranges into one powerhouse package.

Industries like home automation and large-scale building control stand to benefit significantly from the gGen4-ESP32 Range’s built-in wireless communication capabilities.

The gen4-ESP32 is a versatile platform that can empower a wide array of applications across different industries, examples include:

  • Home Automation: Homeowners looking to create smart homes will find the gen4-ESP32 range invaluable. Its built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities allow for seamless integration with smart devices, enabling users to control lighting, HVAC systems, security cameras, and more from their smartphones or tablets. With support for the new Matter protocol, these displays are now compatible with any smart home ecosystem, expanding their versatility and usability.
  • Security and Alarm Systems: The robustness of the ESP32 makes it suitable for security and alarm systems. Developers can create DIY security solutions or enhance existing ones with wireless connectivity and real-time alerts.
  • Remote Monitoring and Control: Whether it’s managing a remote research station or controlling a fleet of vehicles, the ESP32 offers reliable connectivity for remote monitoring and control applications. It ensures data is transmitted securely and instantly.
  • Smart Building: The gen4-ESP32 can facilitate centralised control of lighting, HVAC, access control, and energy management systems, optimising energy efficiency and enhancing occupants’ comfort and security. These displays seamlessly integrate into modern smart building ecosystems, making them an ideal choice for smart building projects.

The gen4-ESP32 range represents a significant advancement in embedded displays and IoT applications. With its robust capabilities, familiar programming language, and seamless compatibility with existing 4D Systems products, it’s a game changer for professional engineers, developers, and IoT enthusiasts alike.

Until next time.

19 07, 2023

Announcing the uLCD-104D Series

2023-08-21T15:45:23+10:00Categories: Product News|Tags: |

New possibilities for horizontal information display – The uLCD-104D series

It’s time for our latest 10.4″ Diablo16 Integrated Display Module to join the microLCD range. This module responds to the demand for physically large displays but doesn’t compromise on ease of integration and use.

The size and shape of the uLCD-104D make it ideal for applications that require horizontal extended information.

Powered by the Diablo16 Graphics Processor, it offers a wide range of functionality and customisation options. It’s fully compatible with the Workshop4 IDE, providing a wealth of programming and control options. Designed for easy connection with 3x 10-pin male headers, it also integrates PCB ears for simple integration with display housing.

Ultimately the size and shape make it incredibly ideal for applications that require horizontal extended information.

Key Features of the uLCD-104D/DCT

  • 10.4″ colour TFT IPS LCD with optional Capacitive Touch
  • 1024×100-pixel resolution, RGB 65K true-to-life colours
  • Powered by the 4D Systems Diablo16 Graphics Processor
  • Diablo16 processor features 16 customizable GPIO with PWM, Serial, I2C, SPI, Pulse Out, Quadrature Input, and Analog Input capabilities
  • Audio Generation functionality
  • 100% compatibility with the Workshop4 IDE and its four different development environments
  • Integrated PCB mounting ears designed for M3 machine screws for direct mounting into a display housing or product
17 07, 2023

Announcing the GEN4-uLCD-43-HR Series

2023-07-27T19:09:22+10:00Categories: Product News|Tags: |

Crisp and colourful – The gen4-uLCD43-HS series

Our new high-resolution display is the latest versatile and feature-rich intelligent display module from the gen4 product family. It boasts a 4.3″ colour TFT LCD screen with 800×480 pixel resolution exceeding standards for a display of this size and options for resistive or capacitive touch panel.

The display is powered by the 4D Labs Diablo16 Graphics Processor, with virtually endless opportunities for customisation. Its 30-pin socket enables easy connection to applications or motherboards, and compatibility with the Workshop4 IDE means convenient programming and display manipulation.

The gen4 series prioritises space efficiency, allowing application boards to sit flush on the back of the module for seamless integration.