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UI mechanism added to Arduino-inspired platform

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 11:24pm
ECN Europe

In order to offer engineers greater scope to create ground-breaking, cost-effective system designs within a shorter period of time, FTDI has added to the range of input/output application boards (or ‘shields') available for its Vinco development module. The new Vinco Touch Key shield mates with the Vinco motherboard, providing it with full touch pad functionality.Supplied in a compact form factor with dimensions of 55.4 mm x 68.6 mm (in harmony with the established format of the Arduino Duemilanove and Uno boards), and incorporating a STMicroelectronics STMPE821 8-channel general purpose input/output (GPIO) capacitive touch key controller IC, the shield has 8 touch keys which employ a capacitive sensing technology, responding to physical input stimulus from the user. It also has a set of 4 push buttons and 5 GPIO-controlled LED indicators.

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