News

July 2021

Version 2

By Sreedharan Bhaskaran, Director of Software Engineering, Bridgetek

The global IoT market is projected to grow from $235 billion in 2017 to $520 billion in 2021 (according to research conducted by analyst firm MarketsAndMarkets), representing a 22% compound annual growth rate. Such high levels of growth are expected to continue throughout this decade, as Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 implementations are rolled out – with increases in productivity, enhanced process efficiencies, shortened equipment downtime and reduced labour all being realised as a result. The falling costs of sensors and transducers, increased data storage capacity and greater network access are further factors that are helping to accelerate IoT deployment activity.

Any IoT system will be comprised of three parts. These are a network of sensors and actuators connected to a gateway, which is subsequently connected to the cloud. Data that is acquired by the sensors will be collated in the gateways and relayed to the cloud, where it can then be processed and analysed. Control messages flow from the cloud to the gateway, which effectively acts as a relay between the cloud and the sensor/actuator devices at the network edge. Some gateways incorporate processing capabilities. This helps to reduce the data transfer required, so that there is no risk of excessive congestion. It also means that real-time response can be benefitted from, thereby preventing the delays of data having to go all the way back to cloud-based systems and then for a response message to be returned. Such gateways are known as edge processors. Cloud-based processing and storage resources enable data to be scrutinised or displayed on dashboards. It also processes alerts – which can be sent as SMS, emails or push notifications to relevant devices, so actions can be taken.

Deploying an IoT system of sensors and actuators is not without its challenges. Some of the challenges that engineers face relate to the distance of sensors/actuators from their assigned gateway or the density of sensors/actuators in a given area. The speed, security and operational reliability of the communication infrastructure can pose other challenges. Finally, there is the powering of the network to consider. Range is mainly solved by deploying wireless sensors, however, in industrial settings, this is not possible always because of concrete and steel building structures that obstruct and reduce signal strength. Transmitting at higher power levels will mean that batteries are drained too quickly (thus increasing the associated maintenance costs, as batteries need to be replaced more frequently). Furthermore, EMI noise from other equipment can impact the effectiveness of wireless communication, and such transmissions are relatively easy for third parties to snoop on. It is often therefore more appropriate in industrial settings to employ a wireline solution.

To address the issues just outlined, Bridgetek has developed the Long Distance Sensor Bus (LDSBus). This is a powered and differential serial bus that can operate over distances of up to 200m. A head unit distributes power over the bus to all the peripheral sensor/actuator units attached to the bus. The bus is powered at 24V and a single head unit manages and supervises slave units, known as LDSBus Units (LDSUs). Sensors and actuators may be attached to the bus and controlled by the head unit. The bus operates at 230kbps data rates and provides sufficient bandwidth to control up to 127 LDSUs on the bus.

The LDSBus architecture allows an LDSU to incorporate as many as 10 sensors and/or actuators. Bridgetek has developed its LDSU sensors and actuators for customer implementation. These are:

  • 4-in-1 sensors that incorporate temperature, humidity, ambient light and motion-sensing capabilities, with all of this functionality being housed in a compact form factor.
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) sensors that measure and monitor air quality levels inside buildings, workspaces and industrial sites.
  • Thermocouple based temperature sensors that are capable of extreme temperature monitoring (up to 1372°C).
  • CO2 gas sensors for photosynthesis process monitoring (in a smart farming context) or for monitoring employee wellbeing (within the daily working environment).
  • Pressure sensing sensors to detect pressure changes.
  • Soil moisture, pH level and electrical conductivity measurement sensors for monitoring precise nutrient levels for optimum crop yield (again, being of relevance in smart farming).

Bridgetek has also developed other forms of hardware that can be used with LDSBus. These items include:

  • Trailing-edge LED dimmers for the controlling/dimming of lighting.
  • On/off relays for pump and motor control purposes.
  • IR controllers for controlling infrared devices.

LDSUs attachment points into the backbone of the bus are created by inserting high-voltage T-junctions into bus segments. Each of these junctions consists of an upstream and downstream RJ-45 connector, which is used to extend the 24V backbone. This backbone is built out of Cat5E cabling. An array of 4 RJ11/RJ12 connectors enables the attachment of up to 4 LDSUs. The high-voltage T-junction converts the 24V power supply to a 5V supply suitable for the LDSUs. The last LDSU on the bus (the one furthest away from the head unit) has to enable its bus termination to maintain stable communication.

The Bridgetek LDSBus’ powered backbone removes the need for batteries and associated labour that must be assigned to battery replacement. The differential nature of transmission ensures high common-mode noise rejection (which mitigates EMI problems), while the wired nature of the bus means that ‘man-in-the-middle’ wireless snooping is no longer a concern. Three buses (each with a 200m radial reach) can cover the area of 12 football fields. LDSBus can incorporate up to 381 LDSUs (or 3810 sensors and actuators) so that high node densities can be achieved.

To support the hardware involved, Bridgetek provides a software utility called the LDSU Programming Utility. This can program the LDSU address, name and termination. Sample Python scripts and the Bridgetek LDSBus Library demonstrate how to implement an LDSBus head unit (master) on Windows, Linux or Raspberry Pi.

Jun 2021

Version 1

By David Wang, System Development Engineer, Bridgetek

Bar type displays are widely used to provide human machine interfaces (HMIs) in a variety of different industry sectors – being highly applicable to use case criteria where there is only limited space available, or where there are budgetary limitations to consider. They also consume markedly less power than squarer displays of the same width. This makes such displays appealing from an energy saving perspective, so battery operated portable equipment will often feature them. In addition, bar type display deployments suit the upgrading of existing equipment designs that are migrating from mechanical buttons and 7-segment displays to more sophisticated HMI arrangements, as no change to the layout is necessary.

Among the numerous places where they are regularly seen is in domestic appliances, smart home controls, sporting equipment, healthcare monitoring systems, digital signage, point of sales (PoS) units, etc. They are also commonly used in vehicles’ digital dashboards. In some cases partitioning is employed, so that several squarer displays dealing with different functional aspects can be accommodated on a single bar.

Though bar type displays offer size, cost and integration advantages, the way that their graphics are rendered is not without its challenges. In the following article we will look at what can be done to address challenges of this kind.

Figure 1: Car dashboard display with 1440 x 540 pixel resolution

Let’s take a typical modern automotive dashboard. The example shown in Figure 1 relies on a 12.3-inch stretched LCD display with 1440 x 540 pixel resolution. Given that the driver needs to be kept informed of all the different parameters relating to the vehicle’s operation (such as speed, RPM, tire pressure, fuel level, oil pressure, navigation data), the display requires real time response plus superior image quality. 

The graphic controller devices currently available have difficulty in providing the required pixel clock necessary for certain standard or non-standard LCD panel formats. In our example, the 1440 x 540 resolution panel will require the pixel clock to be set around 50MHz in order to achieve the required 60Hz display refresh rate. Fast response is not just paramount in an automotive context though, in medical equipment or industrial hardware it can be equally important.

A slow boot up period for the display system can be another inconvenience, so this needs to be given consideration. It will take time for the operating system to initiate on the graphics chip and then for the whole first frame to be rendered pixel by pixel on to by display, as all the necessary data will need to read from the flash memory and pass through the frame buffer. This can take several seconds to complete and is not particularly good from a user experience perspective.

It should also be mentioned that some bar type display panels will have non-square pixel dimensions – and this has the potential to be problematic. For example, a 1024 x 600 LCD may have the pixel width to length ratio of 1.05 (not 1.00). In many applications this does not represent a problem, but certain applications (such as ones where circles are being rendered) may require some aspect ratio adjustment to be applied.

The partitioning of the bar type display, so that several different sub-displays are shown, can bring sizeable complications when using a normal graphic controller IC. It will take a lot of software development work, as such graphic controllers rely on a frame based approach. Graphic controller devices are now available that offer an alternative however.

Bridgetek has developed graphic controller technology that can deal with the pixel clock, pixel size and boot up time issues just described, as well as accelerated HMI software development. The new ExtSync block, which has been incorporated into the company’s latest BT817/BT818 series of Embedded Video Engine (EVE) ICs, has a separate clock domain to that of the graphics processing element. As a result, the scan-out units of these EVE devices can output the required pixel clock for optimised operation of the LCD panel. It means that pixel clocks of up to 96MHz can be supported. This translates to up to 1.28Mpixels being refreshed at 60Hz (assuming 20% blanking time).

The EVE line buffer architecture is highly optimised for stretched or bar type LCD displays, with maximum pixels per line up to 2046 pixels. By eliminating the need for a frame buffer and a large flash memory resource, the overall bill of materials costs can be kept relatively low – so it remains in line with any budgetary constraints imposed on the design. With the EVE approach being object based, rather than frame based, it is significantly quicker and easier for HMIs to be constructed. The boot up time is likewise faster (being under 1s). In addition, the BT817/BT818 EVE devices support non-square pixel correction using their horizontal scan-out filter functionality.

Examples of the bar type LCD resolutions that can be supported by the BT817/BT818 include 1920 x 540/480/360, 1440 x 540 and 1280 x 480/400/320. A 1920 x 720 resolution is also possible if the refresh rate is slightly reduced (going down to around 50/55Hz) or the blanking time is lowered (by approximately 13%). The display orientation used can be either landscape or portrait, as applications requirements dictate.

Figure 2: AV control panel with 1200 x 280 pixel resolution

Though these EVE devices can streamline HMI design significantly, they may require a little more engineering effort. When the design features relatively complicated graphical constructions on a high resolution display, it will be advised to optimise the design to avoid potential pipeline underrun occurring. Here are some tips that will help with the fine tuning:

  • Set the PCLK to the lowest figure allowed by the display panel, so that the GPU has more processing time per line.
  • Increase the horizontal blanking time where possible, and keep the vertical blanking time at minimum allowed by the display panel
  • Use of the adaptive Hsync feature will be of great benefit. Through this it is possible to define the maximum horizontal blanking for adaptive Hsync at the maximum PCLK cycles outlined in the display’s specifications.
  • Always check visually for graphics distortion, or use the interrupt flag for graphics underrun. If underrun occurs, dump the line time to check which line/area has underrun and then optimise the display list accordingly – for example, use a solid line to replace a dotted line, or use an image instead of multiple widgets overlaid in the same area.
  • Use font-cache in RAM_G for Unicode fonts.
  • Load ASTC images to RAM_G and play animation from RAM_G

BT817 supports capacitive touch operation, with touch controllers from a wide range of vendors able to work directly with it (with the BT818 being applicable for resistive touch HMIs). For CTP using another touch controller IC, engineers can build customised touch firmware to be loaded to BT817 at runtime, using a C-like compiler provided by Bridgetek’s EVE Asset Builder software package. Alternatively, touch host mode can be used where the microcontroller unit (MCU) reads the touch data from CTP and writes back to BT817 for TAG operation.

Touch calibration, when required, will usually go through 3 point touch calibration procedure at predefined screen locations. Some bar type LCD screens are cut out from a standard LCD glass. For example, a 1200 x 280 LCD is cut out from a 1280 x 800 LCD glass. The default calibration routine won’t work on a stretched LCD. The BT817 is able to leverage a calibration function which allows engineers to define the location of 3 calibration points. This enables window based calibration, which is highly appropriate for bar type LCD implementations.

In conclusion, it is clear that having a graphic controller solution that is optimised for bar type displays will be highly advantageous. Bridgetek’s EVE devices offer this, with the result that HMI implementations on such displays will be quicker to boot up and more responsive, as well as delivering better graphical performance. The BT817/8 can work in conjunction with a wide variety of MCUs as long as an SPI interface is available. Bridgetek provides supporting tool chains, along with sample applications and detailed engineering notes, to help designers to get up and running quickly and to support them throughout the design of their application.

Mar 2021

Bridgetek Introduces New Evaluation Hardware for Advanced EVE Graphic Controllers

18th March 2021 – To assist with the initial development and prototyping of human machine interfaces (HMIs) based on its object-oriented graphic controller ICs, Bridgetek has announced availability of the ME817EV evaluation board. Featuring the company’s BT817 embedded video engine (EVE) device, it allows engineers to experiment with the latest generation of EVE technology and get a comprehensive understanding of the breadth of its capabilities. Thanks to the higher resolutions and large format displays that the BT817 supports, more compelling and functionality-rich HMIs can be created, with greater visual clarity and enhanced video playback capabilities.

Measuring 165mm x 100mm, the ME817EV unit has all the necessary attributes for undertaking development work relating to the graphics, audio and touch elements of the HMI. As well as audio amplification and multi-stage audio filtering features, there is an LED driver which can be used to adjust the display backlighting. Also included is a touch controller that supports 5 simultaneous touch points, plus 16Mbytes of on-board flash memory resource for storing unicode fonts, image libraries, etc.

The ME817EV can interface with large scale, high-resolution display modules. For 1280×800 pixel displays it can connect through a 40-pin LVDS interface, while for 1024×600 pixel displays a 50-pin RGB interface can be used. Capacitive touchscreens may be connected using a 10-pin or 6-pin FPC connector. The board can be powered via a 5V supply using the SPI host connector, or via the USB Type-C port.

As Bridgetek founder and CEO Fred Dart explains; “We have already seen a great deal of commercial traction for our fourth generation EVE chips, across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. It is clear that there is a real need for a more streamlined approach to larger format HMI construction. By providing this evaluation platform, we are making the whole project development process a lot quicker and easier for engineers to complete, with much better end results being derived too.”

About Bridgetek

Founded in 2016, Bridgetek supplies highly advanced ICs and board level products to meet the exacting demands of a constantly evolving global technology landscape. The company’s Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controller ICs each integrate display, audio and touch functionality onto a single chip, thereby dramatically reducing the time period and bill-of-materials costs associated with developing next-generation Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems. These are complemented by its highly-differentiated, speed-optimized microcontroller units (MCUs) with augmented connectivity features.

For more information go to www.brtchip.com

Feb 2021

Latest Higher Resolution EVE ICs from Bridgetek Now Designed into High-End Riverdi Displays 

1st February 2021 – Bridgetek has gained a high-profile endorsement for its latest generation of embedded video engine (EVE) graphic controllers. Relying on the recently announced BT817 EVE4 devices, leading optoelectronics manufacturer Riverdi has introduced a new family of displays. These industrial-grade units are targeted at challenging higher-end applications, but are positioned at attractive price points that are in line with commercial level products.

Thanks to the heightened degrees of precision associated with the BT817 ICs, the new Riverdi displays are able to benefit from 1280×800 pixel resolution. Treating the rendered content as a series of objects reduces the data overheads involved dramatically. This translates into a more streamlined solution, with a substantially lower component count plus accelerated responsiveness.

“By engaging with Bridgetek, we have been able to develop a display family that sets new benchmarks. The ultra-integrated EVE4 solution means that quicker reaction times and superior resolution levels are possible, while still saving valuable board space and keeping power budgets down,” states Kamil Kozłowski, CTO at Riverdi. “Consequently, we have decided to take a platform approach and apply it across the whole family, from the smaller units all the way up to the largest formats,”

“It is clear that the user experiences which people are familiar with from interacting with consumer goods have set elevated expectations for HMIs in other areas too,” adds Bridgetek’s founder and CEO Fred Dart. “Higher resolution displays with faster responsiveness are now mandated in a wide array of different sectors. This is why the value of our BT817 and BT818 is becoming so apparent to OEMs, giving them the opportunity to meet their customers’ requirements without needing complex expensive subsystems that take up board real estate or draw excessive power.”

The EVE-based Riverdi displays are available in a wide range of different size formats, spanning from 3.5-inch all the way through 4.3-inch, 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch to 10.1-inch. Use of in-plane switching (IPS) technology results in a brighter output (delivering up to 1000cd/m2). It also means that these units have enhanced colour rendering and much wider viewing angle capabilities. Optical bonding is incorporated into the display assemblies as standard, even for single pieces – thereby preventing condensation, mitigating internal reflections and boosting optical performance, as well as delivering far greater durability. The projected capacitive touchscreens featured in these displays allow touch interaction through protective glass that is as much as 15mm thick, and also enables gloved operation to be supported.

Assisted by innovative Bridgetek engineering, the new Riverdi displays are optimised for addressing the most demanding tasks. They will be implemented into medical diagnostic instrumentation, home healthcare monitoring equipment, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, industrial automation systems, vending machines, etc. Exceptionally strong electro-magnetic interference (EMI) and electro-static discharge (ESD) immunity characteristics are exhibited, along with a working temperature range covering -20°C to +70°C.

BT817 & Riverdi image

Nov 2020

Watch our on-demand webinar as Bridgetek, introduces IoTPortal System and explore how solution providers can benefit from a versatile platform for Urban Agriculture, Industrial, Datacenter, Commercial and Transportation

About Speaker:

Bhaskaran Sreedharan has been with Bridgetek for the past 5 years and is currently a Software Development Director leading a team of consultants and engineers in delivering the company’s roadmap and family of PanL and IOTPortal products.

Duration: 38 minutes

Click here to find out more on IOTPortal products.

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Oct 2020

Bridgetek’s EVE Technology Now Supports Larger & Higher Resolution Displays Than Ever Before

15th October 2020 – Driving forward the progression of human machine interface (HMI) development, Bridgetek has made further announcements relating to its multi-award winning embedded video engine (EVE) platform. The BT817 and BT818 represent the company’s fourth generation of EVE products, and follow the already established mantra of helping those with little or no relevant prior experience to build advanced HMIs with high degrees of differentiation.

Please click here for the article

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New Arduino-Compatible HD Gaming Development Platform Leverages Bridgetek Graphic Controller Technology

7th October 2020 – Following the success of the original Gameduino, Excamera Labs now announces its successor – the Gameduino 3X Dazzler. This compact (83mm x 53mm x 20mm) Arduino-compatible shield features a Bridgetek BT815 embedded video engine (EVE) graphics controller with 32-bit internal color precision. Running at speeds reaching 1.1Gps, this takes care of all the graphics processing activities and can support up to 2000 sprites.

Please click here for the article.

FTDIPR117 Gameduino

Sep 2020

Join us for the upcoming September 2020 Webinar

Topic: Managing Smart Home/Building Operations via a Scalable Interconnected Platform

Date: 15 / 23/ 25 September 2020

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Topic: Versatile, Scalable Sensor-to-Cloud Connectivity without Needing Programming Expertise

Date: 16 / 29/ 30 September 2020

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Aug 2020

Advanced RGB Lighting Controller Unit from Bridgetek Proves Quick & Easy to Deploy

Bridgetek continues to build up the portfolio of hardware available to support its pioneering PanL home/building automation platform. Designed to be straightforward for installation engineers to implement and subsequently upgrade, the company’s new PanL Mood Lighting (ML) units present a convenient and cost-effective RGB-enabled lighting control solution. Compliant with both DALI and DMX digital interface protocols, they offer users complete control of both the dimming level and colour hue in relation to every light in an assigned living/working space or a place of business (restaurant, bar, hotel, etc.).

Please click here for the article.

April 2020

Bridgetek Introduces New PanL Hardware for the Controlling of Smart Devices

16th April 2020 – Bridgetek has further extended the scope of possibilities addressed by its PanL home automation connectivity platform – with release of the PanL Relay. The purpose of this latest unit is to bring greater functionality to installed systems, thereby leading to heightened levels of comfort. It serves as a means to deliver smart switching capabilities, via one of the system’s PanL HMI touch displays. Thanks to incorporation of PanL Relays in their home automation implementation, users will be able to activate or deactivate domestic appliances (such as washing machines, microwave ovens, dishwashers, toasters, rice cookers, kettles, etc.) and other items of electrical equipment (like fans, lamps and outdoor heaters).

Please click here for the article.

Mar 2020

Additional Upgrades Benefit Bridgetek’s EVE Toolchain – Including Support for Third Party Hardware

10th March 2020 – Further extending the operational parameters of the ecosystem that accompanies its award-winning Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controllers, Bridgetek announces a new improved version of EVE Screen Editor (ESE). Relying on simple drag-and-drop actions, ESE 3.3 is the latest update to the company’s intuitive Windows-based tool. This is intended to assist engineers in expediting advanced level HMI construction, without requiring any prior expertise in that area. Through its use, engineers can optimise their HMI layout and create detailed display lists. They can also evaluate the effectiveness of their HMI and make alterations, as well as experimenting with different design concepts and configurations.

Please click here for the article.

Feb 2020

Bridgetek have withdrawn participation from Embedded World 2020 

Bridgetek have made the decision to withdraw from Embedded World 2020, in Nuremberg (Germany). We have been closely monitoring the situation relating to the recent coronavirus outbreak and have taken numerous precautionary measures in response, to ensure the wellbeing of both our employees and the customers we serve. Based on this, we feel it is prudent not to participate in this year’s show. However, as always, we will continue to work proactively with our distribution partners to attend the needs of our global customer base. We value Embedded World very highly as a major event in our sector, and look forward to returning there in 2021.

Aug 2019

Bridgetek’s PanL Technology Set to Redefine How We Interact with Our Living & Working Spaces

13th August 2019 – Bridgetek is taking the ground-breaking PanL smart automation platform to the next key stage in its development, ready for widespread deployment to begin. Those attending the Smart Cities & Buildings Asia event this year (Singapore, 4th-6th September) will be able to see real-world examples of how this highly versatile technology can benefit various aspects of our day-to-day lives.

The key demonstrations being conducted by the team on the Bridgetek booth (2-J18) will be as follows:

Please click here for the article.

Here’s a sneak peak of what we will be displaying at the exhibition!

https://www.bex-asia.com/en/Exhibitors/6243106/Bridgetek-Pte-Ltd

Pre-register for your complimentary visitor pass from now till 28th August 2019 & stand a chance* to win a tablet when you refer your colleague/business partner to attend the exhibition with you!

We look forward to meeting you at our booth!

SCB Asia 2019

July 2019

10 Key Tips for Building Better HMIs

Human machine interfaces (HMIs) provide us with the means via which to interact with modern technology. They are available in a variety of forms, but regardless of the type that is employed, their purpose is to enable control functions to be carried while at the same time ensuring that the user experience is a satisfying one. As a result, HMIs need to be carefully designed for the purpose they have been assigned to carry out, so that efficient and timely operation is achieved. To increase the chances of success during the design and development of new HMI implementations, and to meet the functional expectations set by their users, some basic rules should be followed.

Pease click here for the article.

Design Secrets for Better HMIs Revealed

Since their very inception, car and motorcycle dashboards have mainly relied on mechanical, analogue dials (for speedometers, RPM counters, fuel gauges, etc.). There have, over last couple of decades, been minor additions (such as small LCD
displays or indicator LEDs), but dashboards have still tended to basically follow the same analogue style. It is only in more recent times that real transformations have started to occur.

Please click here for the article.

April 2019

Bridgetek Joins forces with Zerynth & Riverdi to forge IoT Technology Partnership

Bridgetek’s BT81x series devices (the multi-award winning Embedded Video Engine technology)
collaborates with Zerynth, the IoT development experts, and Riverdi, the advanced display solutions provider, to provide a compelling hardware/software offering that dramatically accelerates system deployments.

Please click here for the press release for further information.

To find out more on BT81X Series, please click here

Jan 2019

Bridgetek and Zerynth announce partnership – graphics controllers for the Internet of Things

We are delighted to announce that we are in partnership with Zerynth.

Zerynth specializes in simplifying IoT development providing an easy and efficient way to program the most popular 32-bit microcontrollers in Python and connect them to the top Cloud infrastructures, with high-level standards of security.
This partnership facilitates IoT developers to take full advantage of the powerful BT81x graphics controllers from BT81X family and build complex, modern UI in simple Python.

Please click here for the press release for further information.

To find out more on BT81X Series, please click here

Visit FTDI and Bridgetek At Embedded World 2019!

Join us at Embedded World 2019 -we can be found at booth 4A-131 in Hall 4A and be among the first to experience the latest additions to Bridgetek’s EVE series of next generation Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, the BT815/6 with supporting dev kits. See also new and inventive ways to enhance your next HMI design in a range of stunning BT815/6 enabled demonstrations. Plus find out more about how Bridgetek’s smart bridging MCU series, FT900,will enable you to connect your IoT solutions to the cloud, and discover the latest developments in the flagship USB series from FTDI Chip including demonstrations of USB power negotiation and delivery.

Our well informed staff are waiting to discuss your design needs and offer interactive product demos.

See you on 26 – 28 February 2019, booth 4A-131 in Hall 4A

For more information, please click here

2018

Mar 2018

Visit Bridgetek At Smart City Summit & Expo 2018

Bridgetek is delighted to announce their participation at Smart City Summit & Expo 2018 In Taiwan.We are located at stand I208 (IBE) between 27- 30 March 2018.

At the event, we will showcase our innovative smart home solutions, PanL, and also demonstrate a number of realistic applications for the solution including within Medical, Building Automation,Smart Appliances sectors.

We look forward to see you at the event.

Nov 2018

Visit FTDI and Bridgetek At Electronica 2018

Join us at Electronica 2018 from 13-16 November located at Hall B5 Booth 155. Experience the latest additions to Bridgetek’s EVE series of next generation Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, the BT815/6 with supporting dev kits. See also new and inventive ways to enhance your next HMI design in a range of stunning BT815/6 enabled demonstrations. Plus find out more about how Bridgetek’s smart bridging MCU series, FT900,will enable you to connect your IoT solutions to the cloud, and discover the latest developments in the flagship USB series from FTDI Chip including demonstrations of USB power negotiation and delivery.

For more information, please click here

2017

Jan 2017

Visit Bridgetek at CES 2017

Drawing together the various elements of its advanced semiconductor technology, Bridgetek will demonstrate its game-changing PanL home automation solution at CES 2017. The objective of this all-encompassing platform is for users to finally be able to control the various lighting, air conditioning, heating and security systems that are present in their house/apartment via one single point of contact.

Bridgetek can be found at Tech West Sands Expo, Level 2, Booth #41172 at the show held in Las Vegas between 5-8 January 2017. For more information, please click here to access a press release.

Feb 2017

EVE Screen Designer (ESD) 3.x

To further increase the degree of support available for the FT81x Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controllers, we have now released Version 3.0 of the popular EVE Screen Designer.

The EVE Screen Designer (ESD) 3.x integrated development environment (IDE) further facilitates EVE-based human machine interface (HMI) construction. It presents a simple, highly intuitive package through which a wide range of exciting visual effects can be created and various items of graphical content edited, in order that enhanced user experiences are derived. Building on the previous generation, it has advanced code generation capabilities (with exported C-based source code being applicable to any hardware associated with Bridgetek’s FT90x MCUs), plus a greater scope of widgets that can be incorporated. As users rely predominantly on visual programming (though there is provision to use text for editing purposes), they do not need to have an in-depth understanding of EVE display lists.

Please click here for the press release providing further information.

May 2017

Visit Bridgetek At Computex Taipei 2017

We are pleased to announce our participation at Computex Taipei, which will be held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre between May 30-June 3 2017. At the Bridgetek booth #N1221 at 4F in Hall 1, visitors can find out all about our smart home solution, PanL, designed specifically for home and building automation, and experience hands-on demonstrations of the flagship solution and associated hardware in the 3.5” PanL35 module. Additionally, we will showcase to customers our FT93x series of complete System-On-Chip 32-bit RISC microcontrollers for USB to multi-interface bridging and embedded applications featuring a high level of integration and low power consumption, with an interactive demo.

For a press release providing further details on our presence at Computex, please click here. For more information on our PanL smart home offering, please click here.

Visit Bridgetek & FTDI At Embedded World 2018

The 3rd outing 2018 for Bridgetek and the PanL product line will be in partnership with our sister company FTDI at Embedded World, Nuremburg from 27th Feb to 1st March. The team will be available at stand 326 in Hall 4A to discuss PanL and other Bridgetek solutions such as the FT9xx MCU family and the award winning EVE series of display controllers.

Please click here for the press release providing further information.

Visit Bridgetek At ISE 2018

For anyone interested in implementing a smart home or office environment, but was unable to visit our booth and observe our demonstration platforms in action at CES in Las Vegas the good news is we are coming to Europe. The team will be available to discuss your smart needs at ISE in Amsterdam, 6-9 February 2018, Stand D170, Hall 9.

At the event, we will showcase our innovative smart home solutions, PanL, which is a light-weight IoT framework for home automation and control. Central to the Bridgetek IoT frame work is a network of PanL hubs and full colour TFT touch control Panels which relay events and commands from and to smart objects and sensors within the network. The hardware and customisable UI allows users to directly control objects within both home and industrial environments. At the events, we will demonstrate a number of realistic applications for the solution including within Medical, Industrial, Testing and Metering, Building Automation, Smart Appliances and Smart Retail sectors.

Nov 2017

PanL – What do you want it to be ?

Visit Bridgetek At CES 2018

Bridgetek is delighted to announce their participation at CES 2018 and extend a warm welcome to anyone interested in smart home or IoT connectivity and control solutions. Come and visit us at booth #40337 in Level 2, Halls A-D between 9th and 12 January 2018.

At the event, we will showcase our innovative smart home solutions, PanL., which is a light-weight IoT framework for home automation and control. Central to the Bridgetek IoT frame work is a network of PanL hubs and full colour TFT touch control Panels which relay events and commands from and to smart objects and sensors within the network. The hardware and customisable UI allows users to directly control objects within both home and industrial environments. At the events, we will demonstrate a number of realistic applications for the solution including within Medical, Industrial, Testing and Metering, Building Automation, Smart Appliances and Smart Retail sectors.

PanL – What do you want it to be ?

2016

Mar 2016

CleO, the smart TFT display for Arduino

CleO brings to market a family of intelligent, simple to program TFT display boards through which engineers can develop imaginative, compelling human machine interfaces, regardless of their experience level. Using Arduino as a foundation, CleO is able to leverage FTDI Chip’s high speed bridging and display technology so that improved performance and greater functionality can be benefitted from. In addition, a number of accessories including cameras, speakers and power adaptors will be made available when the product is fully available in May 2016.

Jun 2016

CleO Help, Software Support and Technical Forum now available!

We are pleased to announce the first release of a number of support and software materials for our newly announced CleO module, including a dedicated technical support site. At CleOstuff.com, you can access all of the resources you will need to get started with CleO.  This includes software packages and a help manual which features a full suite of tutorials, projects and examples. Additionally, this is where we encourage CleO users to communicate on our forum and share ideas, progress and technical queries on the series – do so by registering here. We will be making regular updates to the site on the series: adding information about product launch dates, additional product releases, and further software support material as it becomes available.

Jul 2016

CleO now available in full production quantities!

We are delighted to announce that following the release of our first batch of CleO kits to our Indiegogo backers, we are now making the product fully available to all customers. The CleO35 module and full accessory suite including camera, speaker, reverse I/O (RIO) adapter, power adapter and Micro-SD card are now on sale via our distribution channels and on our web shop.

Our CleO product page equips customers with additional detail on the products available, provides product datasheets and features key information on the projects and tutorials made possible using CleO. In addition, our dedicated technical support site for the series, CleOstuff.com, provides a full software release package with instructions on how to work with CleO, a getting started video, and an interactive user forum. Finally, the product press release is available here.

Nov 2016

FTDI Chip announces formation of new company, Bridgetek

In order to better serve the broadening range of markets it has developed products for, FTDI Chip has established a new distinct company, Bridgetek. Presenting the embedded engineering sector with a well-defined and targeted operation, Bridgetek will drive the further commercialisation of some of the game-changing technologies introduced by FTDI Chip in recent years. Its resources will be devoted to two particular product areas; the multi-award winning Embedded Video Engine (EVE) graphic controller ICs which enable engineers to implement more sophisticated human machine interface (HMI) systems, plus the unique and equally innovative performance-optimised microcontroller units (MCUs) with their expansive array of different connectivity options and industry-leading processing speeds.

Please click here to read the full press release.

Dec 2016

CleO50 launched to extend range of smart TFT displays

We are pleased to announce the production launch of our CleO50 module, the 5″ version in the series of smart TFT displays. In addition to the increased size, this module features a larger PCB which has allowed for the addition of 2x mikroBUS™ interface from MikroE, which provides access to a wider range of expansion cards (Click Boards) thus further extending the project potential with additional sensors and control boards beyond that already provided by Arduino shields. The device also benefits from an FT900 replacing the previous FT903, which allows further extension of interfaces available, and an FT812 replacing the previous FT810 to increase the level of colour support offered. For more information or to buy, please click here, and click here for the product datasheet.