|[January 24, 2013]
EarthLCD.com Releases the ezLCD-303 Smart Touch LCD with EarthSEMPL 2.0 Firmware That Provides Embedded GUI Client or HMI Replacement
COSTA MESA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
the recognized leader in smart, touch LCDs announced the
introduction of the ezLCD-303
and the immediate availability of their EarthSEMPL 2.0 firmware. With
the release of the EarthSEMPL 2.0 firmware, the ezLCD-3xx product family
now features procedural commands to allow the ezLCD to act as a
standalone controller that can replace programmable logic controllers
(PLC) and human machine interface (HMI) units/devices.
EarthLCD.com's ezLCD-303 Smart Touch LCD (Photo: Business Wire)
According to market research published by MarketsandMarkets (www.marketsandmarkets.com),
Machine Interface (HMI) Market Global Forecast &
Analysis (2012 -2017)," the total market is expected to reach
$4.5 billion by 2017, at a CAGR of 10.13% from 2012 to 2017.
"Since 2003, EarthLCD.com has built the ezLCD family of smart touch LCD
clients for embedded systems that provide an easy-to-program and
integrate color TFT LCD," said Randy Schafer, EarthLCD.com's president
and CEO. "Over 2,500 of our customers have integrated ezLCDs into their
medical, instrumentation and industrial products. With this new firmware
introduction, we expect to further enhance our customer's capabilities
and product offerings."
While the ezLCD-3xx can still be used as a GUI client, it can now also
operate as a standalone touchscreen controller featuring nine general
purpose input/output (GPIO) pins that can be configured as three serial
uarts, one I�C master, one serial peripheral interface (SPI) bus master,
five analog input/output (I/O) and nine digital I/O pins. Standard and
custom I/O expansion modules are also available from EarthLCD.com to add
RS232, RS485 and other functionality. The new added commands include
GOTO, GOSUB, IF THEN, FOR and WHILE.
"Incorporating controller functionality improves the options for
engineering development," said Rich Obermeyer, EarthLCD.com's vice
president of engineering. "The on-board flash drive allows easy updating
of bitmaps and macros. And with the development tools and USB driver
pre-installed on the flash drive, development can begin in minutes
instead of hours."
The ezLCD-303 features a 3.5 inch smart, color touch TFT LCD providing
320x240 pixel resolution, 65,536 colors (16-bit), 350 Nit brightness,
LED backlight, 500:1 contrast ratio and an integrated four-wire
resistive touchscreen. Its intelligent control module includes a GPU,
16-bit CPU, 4MB flash memory, USB 2.0 and RS232/TTL interfaces. The
ezLCD-303 operates at +3.3V supply voltage, extremely low power at 130mA
typical and offers a -20�C to +60�C operating temperature. It is RoHS
compliant and measures 4.08 x 2.52 x .86 inches.
The EarthSEMPL programming language is Windows 7, XP, Linux, and OSX
Both the ezLCD-303 and EarthSEMPL 2.0 firmware is available from the
company's website and the EarthSEMPL 2.0 firmware currently ships with
all of EarthLCD.com's ezLCD-3xx products. Pricing for the ezLCD-303
starts at $129.00 each. EarthLCD.com will also design custom models for
annual orders in quantities of one thousand and above.
Founded in 1994, EarthLCD.com is a U.S.-based division of Earth Computer
Technologies, Inc. that specializes in designing and manufacturing cost
effective LCD products for industrial and OEM applications worldwide.
The company's mantra of "We Make LCDs Work" has successfully earned them
recognition as the supplier of choice for LCD connectivity. For more
information, visit www.earthlcd.com.
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