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Microchip Introduces No-Cost, License- and Royalty-Free Ensemble Graphics Toolkit to Speed Linux Graphical User Interface Development

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Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and interactive touchscreen screens supply user-friendly individual experiences in applications from robotic and equipment controls to medical user interfaces, automotive instrumentation and residence and also structure automation systems. A properly designed GUI enables customers to refine details more quickly and engage better with an item. Integrated Circuit Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) today revealed a new GUI growth toolkit for its profile of 32-bit microprocessors (MPUs) running Linux, helping developers of industrial, medical, consumer as well as vehicle graphical display screens to reduce advancement cost as well as time-to-market.

Integrated circuit’s new Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is an open-source as well as complimentary C++ GUI collection for the business’s SAMA5 and also SAM9 series of Arm ® Cortex ®- A5 and ARM926EJ-S ™ processor-based MPUs consisting of the system-in-package and system-on-module products. The Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is maximized for Microchip’s 32-bit MPUs running the Linux operating system. By taking advantage of underlying hardware acceleration, including graphics controllers as well as video clip decoders when readily available, the toolkit gives a high-performance user experience on low and mid-range visual screens approximately XGA (1024 × 768 pixels) resolution.

Maximized code permits a smaller memory impact, conserving BOM expense. The efficient efficiency about other graphics remedies that depend on higher-performance cores and 3D visual velocity allows abundant GUIs to be created for Microchip’s power-efficient MPUs. Additionally, Ensemble Graphics Toolkit as well as Linux can be maximized for fast cold boot– with boot times of under three seconds from chilly reset that is required for applications such as vehicle dashboard clusters.

” Whereas other devices need ever before higher-performing, higher-power and more expensive microprocessors, this no-cost growth suite is an enabler that maximizes handling power,” claimed Rod Drake, vice president of Microchip’s MPU32 organization device. “Developers can achieve modern-day icon with superb customer experience with a reduced costs of material price, reduced power and also longevity of service– while offering a premium look.”

Integrated circuit’s Ensemble Graphics Toolkit collection is available without licensing or aristocracy charges to all designers of graphical user interfaces. The Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is corresponding to Microchip’s bare metal/RTOS-focused MPLABÒ Harmony Graphics Suite ingrained software program advancement structure that additionally provides a zero-cost, royalty-free graphical individual experience.

The toolkit is totally integrated with Linux4SAM, Microchip’s mainline, Long Term Support (LTS) Linux offering. In addition to sustaining Microchip’s MPU households Linux4SAM includes driver support for a broad range of its elements consisting of the maXTouchÒ household of touchscreen controllers, memory tools, power monitoring and analog devices and wired and cordless networking components as well as components. Linux4SAM is routinely upgraded and supports all Microchip MPUs throughout product life.

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Silicon chip’s Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is a total software application and tools structure collection. Training and also support are offered worldwide at


Integrated circuit’s Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is offered at no cost and royalty free for all customers and consists of complete support from Microchip. It is based on the liberal Apache 2.0 open-source permit.

Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.