The newest member of the Zoo that we keep on the mikromedia landing page is an Ostrich. The architecture it stands for is FT90x — we like to think of it as of a recently hatched bird, but one of the fastest breeds in existence nevertheless. But it’s not just the performance of the hardware that sets this board apart, it’s the compatible compiler.
mikromedia plus for FT90x is the final piece in our most recent toolchain. FT90x is a powerful architecture with FTDI Chip’s proprietery 32-bit core.
What makes this mikromedia stand out from all the rest — apart from the yellow PCB — is that it’s a perfect hardware counterpart to mikroC for FT90x. This is the only IDE in this price-range that incorporates a GUI design tool together with the compiler. Together they form a completely compatible HW/SW kit for developing GUI applications.
When it comes to hardware, this is a standard form factor mikromedia plus. The front side is occuppied by a 4.3″ touchscreen 480x272px TFT; the back is packed with multimedia modules such as a 2.4 GHz Nordic nRF240L01+, a microSD card slot, an accelerometer, MP3 codec and more. Also, instead of a buzzer, now we have a miniature audio speaker.
The main MCU, FT900, has some features that make it especially suitable for a TFT touchscreen multimedia development board. It has a parallel camera interface and an I2S interface.
Plus the display driver, FT810, is from the same vendor, FTDI Chip.
The FT900 chip clocks at 100 MHz with 3.1 DMIPS/MHz thanks to execution from shadow RAM. Enough horse (or ostrich) power for interesting embedded human machine interface applications.