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Could use some help selecting a graphics/tft board with PIC micro controller

Discussion in 'Microcontrollers, Programming and IoT' started by sideburn, Aug 6, 2013.

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  1. sideburn


    Jun 14, 2013

    I didn't have any luck with this on the Microchip forum so I htought I would try here.

    I am interested in experimenting with graphics and touch display user interfaces but I am having difficulty finding the right development board for me.

    At first I thought the Mikromedia Board for PIC18 would be a good fit for me because I don't think I need anything more than an 8-bit system but I use MPLABX on a Mac with XC compilers and all o f the sample code included with the Mikromedia board require their MikroC compiler / IDE that I don't want to purchase, learn, and be forced to use a windows OS.

    However, based on the product description, you can use the Microchip Graphic Object Library. But when i search for the Microchip Graphics Library , the only one I can find is for 16 and 32bit microcontrollers.

    There are 16 and 32 bit Mikromedia boards as well, the prices are good and they look like nice boards. I am just worried that I will struggle getting sample code to compile and run with mplabx. And I am not sure if I should step up to 16 or 32 bit instead of 8.

    Can someone recommend these or a good multimedia board that I can use to get up and running fairly quickly with sample c code that works in my development environment?

    I woud prefer to have some working sample code to get me up and running quickly.

    Any info would be helpful.


  2. BobK


    Jan 5, 2010
    Did you look at the amount of RAM on the 8-bit microcontroller? I think you will find it insufficient to handle a graphics screen.

  3. sideburn


    Jun 14, 2013
    Yes, i finally just bit it and bought the 32bit one.. I cant beleive theres nothing on google and not much activity in the forums about this. I'm just going to see what I can do by myself.. hopefully theres some sample code somewhere that will work to get me started or I guess I'm going to have to learn the MikroC libraries, buy their compiler, and get a windows box. :(
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