5.0″ gen4 Intelligent Display Module with ESP32 SoC

The gen4 ESP32 5.0” Integrated Display Module is part of the latest gen4 – ESP32 series of modules Designed and Manufactured by 4D Systems.

The available 5.0 display modules are 800×480 resolution IPS TFT LCD Displays offering an RGB Interface between the ESP32-S3R8 Processor. Available in Non-Touch, Resistive Touch, Capacitive Touch, and Capacitive Touch with Cover Lens Bezel (CLB).

The ESP32-S3R8 Processor makes available multiple GPIO which include UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, and Analog functionality, while also serving interfaces for the LCD Touch screen, Real Time Clock, Quad SPI Flash, microSD Card, 8bit IO Expander and Native USB-C.

The user interface to the gen4-ESP32 series is a 30-pin FPC/ZIF socket, designed for a 30-way 0.5mm pitch FFC cable, for easy and simple connection to an application or motherboard, or for connecting to accessory boards for a range of functionality advancements.

This series of boards are compatible with the 4D Systems Workshop4 IDE, utilising the Espressif compiler and 4D Systems purpose-built libraries, allowing a feature-rich design and programming experience.

Any code designed and written to run on other 4D Systems display modules, such as modules featuring Goldelox, Picaso, Pixxi, or Diablo16 Graphics Processors, are unfortunately not compatible with the gen4-ESP32 range due to being a totally different processor family. However, please contact 4D Systems Support Team for assistance if you are planning on migrating from a different 4D Systems display model, as there are some similarities between them – such as the graphics, however, a majority of the coding will have to be adapted.

From a mechanical perspective, these gen4-ESP32 modules are physically the same mounting size as other gen4 products by 4D Systems. The only difference is the circuitry used. The overall thickness of these gen4-ESP32 modules is greater than other gen4 products, due to the USB-C connector and coin cell battery holder for the RTC. Typically wherever a different gen4 module had been mounted, a gen4-ESP32 module could fit in the same location.

Information about the display module

  • Powerful ESP32 Graphics Processor by Espressif.
  • 800×480 resolution displays utilising RGB-565 colours.
  • 5.0″ TFT IPS LCD display.
  • Available in Non-Touch, Resistive Touch, Capacitive Touch, and Capacitive Touch with Cover Lens Bezel (CLB).
  • 16MB of External Quad SPI Flash.
  • 8MB of Internal Octal SPI PSRAM.
  • 2 native GPIO dedicated to I2C only (As they are used internally on the board) (GPIO17/18).
  • Up to 17 GPIO of which
    • Up to 8 GPIO via IO Expander capable of Digital Input/Output (EXT-GPIO0 – EXT-GPIO7).
      • 2 of which are unavailable unless Touch Reset/Interrupt is hardware disabled (EXT-GPIO6/7).
    • 4 native GPIO dedicated to SPI (Shared with microSD card) – CS pin (GPIO38) can be GPIO if SPI not used, and all 4 SPI pins can be GPIO if microSD card not utilised (GPIO38, GPIO11/12/13).
    • 2 native GPIO dedicated to Native USB-C functionality (GPIO19/20) unless that is hardware disabled, it is then available as GPIO.
    • 1 native GPIO available after boot (GPIO0), strapping pin.
    • 2 native GPIO available if the UART is not required (GPIO43/44)
  • Serial UART (GPIO43/44), and up to 3 more UART’s available by utilising available GPIO.
  • On-board Real Time Clock with battery backup (CR1220).
  • 30pin FPC connection, for all signals, power, communications, GPIO and UART programming.
  • Latch-type micro-SD memory card connector for multimedia storage and data logging purposes.
  • Display full-colour images, animations, icons, and video clips.
  • 4.0V to 6.0V range operation (single supply).
  • 4x mounting tabs with 4.0mm holes for mechanical mounting using M4 screws (non-CLB models only).
  • 3M Adhesive around the perimeter of the Cover Lens Bezel for mounting the CTP-CLB model.
  • RoHS and REACH compliant.
  • CE/EMC and UKCA compliance pending.
  • PCB is UL 94V-0 Flammability Rated.
  • Module dimensions:
    • (5.0″ non-Touch): 142.8 x 77.9 x 11.7mm
  • Weighing (approximately):
    • (5.0″ non-Touch): ~ 84g

The GEN4-ESP32-50 includes the following items:

  • gen4-ESP32-50 Intelligent Display Module
  • 30-way FFC cable (4D-FFC-150)
  • gen4-Breakout module
  • WiFi Antenna

Suppose you are a first-time user and just beginning your development. In that case, we strongly recommend purchasing a Starter Kit of this same model as it includes additional items that allow you to get started with your development immediately.

The Starter Kit part number is SK-GEN4-ESP32-50

SPECIFICATIONS

Diagonal Display Size INCHES

5.0

Resolution

800×480

Brightness

600 cd/m2

Backlight LEDs

3×6 Parallel

Touch

Non-Touch

Controller

ESP32

Operating Ambient Temperature

-20°C to +65°C

Storage Temperature

-30°C to +80°C

Connector

30-pin FPC

Display Viewing Area (mm)

108.00 x 64.80

Module Dimensions (mm)

142.8 x 77.9 x 11.7

RoHS?

Yes

Country of origin

Australia

CCCN / tarif code

85312000

ECCN export control code

EAR99

TARIC Code

8531209590

AHECC Code

85312000

Package Dimensions LxWxH (mm)

N/A

Product Weight (g)

84

Weight with Packaging (g)

N/A

REACH

Yes

CE Mark

Yes

Supply Voltage

4.0V – 6.0V DC

Supply Current

318 mA

Frame Rate

N/A

colours

RGB-565

Processor Capability

N/A

SD Card Slot

Yes – RAW or FAT16 Support. SPI Compatible microSD Cards Only

Flash

16MB External Quad SPI

RAM

8MB Internal Octal SPI

I2C

2 x Channels

GPIO

17 x GPIO

SPI

4 x Channels

Codeless Programming

Yes

IDE

4D Workshop4 IDE

Serial Speed

5000000 baud

Serial Interfaces

1 x dedicated and 3 x configurable

8-bit Parallel Transfer

Yes

Viewing Angle

Standard Viewing Angle

SIZE & WEIGHT

Viewing Area: 108.00 x 64.80 mm

Module Width: 142.8 mm

Module Height: 77.9 mm

Module Depth: 11.7 mm

Module Weight: 84 g

WORKSHOP4 IDE

Workshop4 is a comprehensive software IDE for Microsoft Windows that provides an integrated software development platform for all of the 4D family of processors and modules. The IDE combines the Editor, Compiler, Linker and Downloader to develop complete 4DGL application code.

All user application code is developed within the Workshop4 IDE.

DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTS THAT SUITS ANY APPLICATION & USER LEVEL

Workshop4 includes four development environments for the user to choose based on application requirements or even user skill level.

WORKSHOP4 PRO

Make complex widget design, simple.

Smart Widgets Editor is a powerful utility which enables the generation of Smart Widgets.

  • Users can create complex widgets with up to six layers, including the layer for the base image. The order of the layers can be arranged as desired.
  • Each layer can contain one or more images arranged in sequence that can be manipulated in a variety of ways. Image manipulation options include horizontal motion, vertical motion, and angular motion. Additionally, the transparency of a layer can be set.
  • Two or more layers can be linked to produce synchronized movements of images. This enables the generation of complex widgets with multiple moving parts. Clockwork feature is also supported. This enables users to quickly generate clock widgets.
  • Each layer can have a numeric part which can display numbers in various fonts and formats. Alternatively, the numeric part can be a fixed sequence of text.
  • The output frames can be utilized using any of the supported Workshop4 environments.

GENIE MAGIC

Genie Magic is an extension to ViSi-Genie, which is available in Workshop4 PRO. Genie Magic allows the User to add 4DGL code to various points in the ViSi-Genie backend code, which allows Users to take full advantage of the power of 4DGL, while retaining the speed and convenience of ViSi-Genie and its defined communication protocol.

Genie Magic allows you to enter 4DGL code in the form of Events, Code and Objects, along with various touch related additions too, giving you to the power to achieve advanced GUI’s in ViSi-Genie without having to write the full code yourself.

Genie Magic is fully supported by the genieArduino and geniePi libraries, making communication with an Arduino or Raspberry Pi host even more powerful.

When using Genie Magic in combination with the Smart Widget Editor, it is possible to use the Smart Widgets Editor tool and Smart Widgets to create other graphical user interface elements such as:

  • Dropdown Menu

  • Side Menu

  • ‘Carousel Slider’

  • List Box

  • Dock Menu
  • Quarter-Rotary Menu

  • Fading Slide-To-Unlock Button

  • Spectrum With Transparency

  • And Many Others

DOWNLOADS

Compatibility: Workshop4 is a Windows-only product. It is compatible with Windows 8 through to Windows 11.

Note some older OS such as ME, Vista, XP and 7 have not been tested for some time and are not supported by Microsoft anymore; however, they may still work.
Legacy support updates for the older OS may not be possible, depending on what issues are found. For best results, run a current Windows OS. It is possible to run Workshop4 under a VM on Linux or Mac. However, it is up to the User to set this up.

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GEN4-ESP32-50

  • 5.0″, 800×480 pixel, Intelligent Display Module with embedded ESP32 SoC.
  • Suitable for fast and easy integration of a full-colour HMI into any application or product.
  • Starter Kits are available for first-time users.
  • See the product description below for more details.

US$99.00

We are delighted to offer volume discounts to qualified customers and organisations.

Starter Kits and Accessories

  • gen4-ESP32-50 Starter Kit

    This Starter Kit includes everything you need to integrate the gen4-ESP32-50 Starter Kit into any project, and it is ideal for first-time users. The gen4-ESP32-50 Starter Kit includes:
    • GEN4-ESP32-50
    • gen4-Breakout module
    • 4D-UPA programmer (REV 1.4)
    • 30-way FFC cable (4D-FFC-150)
    • WiFi Antenna
    • 4GB Industrial microSD Card

    US$142.00

  • 4D-FFC-150

    150mm Long 30-way FFC  Cable with 0.5mm pitch, 30 Pin Flexible Flat Cable

    US$2.95

    In stock

  • 4D-UPA

    Universal Programming Adaptor for IoD-09, gen4 Display Modules and uLCD-Display Modules for connecting module to a computer using a microUSB Cable

    US$10.95

  • gen4-Breakout

    • Breakout Board for gen4 and pixxiLCD modules
    • Used to connect module to a host or breadboard
    • Breaks out all 30 signals from the 30-way FFC, into pads for wire connections or for 0.1" (2.54mm) pitch headers to be soldered on

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