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Spark Kit LCD Display: Touch

This is a "how-to" on using a USB touch panel with an LVDS LCD panel. In paticular it covers using the touch panel available from ICOP for the 8.4" display as supplied by ICOP and used with the embedded Spark kit.

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Spark Kit LCD Display: Selection

I wanted to attach an LCD touch screen to the top of the kit.  The lid has a diagonal of about nine inches (22cm) so a 6, 7 or 8 inch screen will do.  The LCD The options are: A  portable LCD screen unit with a VGA interface such as: http://www.touchscreentech.com.au/products/Touchscreen%20Products http://www.xenarc.com/product/index-monitor.html An LVDS LCD display such as: (From ICOP) http://www.icop.com.tw/pdList.aspx?c=120&pid=2 A TFT Flat Panel Display such as: http://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?IndexArea=product_en&ssk=y&Type=BUY&SearchText=A080SN01+V0 The first type is simplest as it requires no internal changes to the box.  These are priced at about $A400 upwards. The second type is more integrated into the system.  The Vortex86DX-Spark Kit has an LVDS socket on the processor board. The third type is even more integrated into the ...

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LCD Screens and Touch

About Smartphones typically have an LCD graphical screen with touch input.  Touch is used to take user input via windows controls such as menus and command buttons.  A SIP (Software Input Panel) may also be used am on-screen keyboard.  Alternatively, some phones use a small physical keyboard.  Some use both.  Most touchscreens are single input, that is only one point of contact can be deciphered.  Multitouch is becoming a required feature.  Multitouch allows not only simple zoom and rotation of images, it allows quite complexes gestures.  Windows 7 supports Multitouch with suitable hardware.  A touchscreen has two uses.  One is as a pointing devices, that is as a mouse.  The other is to action gestures such as click, double click etc,  It can be used with a finger or stylus. Windows CE can support an LCD panel with a touchscreen; it has for many versions.  Windows CE 6 R3 supports single finger gestures.  My HTC phone (HTC HD2) support ...

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embedded Spark 2010 Challenge: End of Round 2

I got my entry in with about 24 hours to spare: http://www.embeddedspark.com/submissions/Detail.aspx?eid=285 Twenty two entries were posted by the cut-off out of 75 in round 2.  Three now get chosen to present at ESC in Silicon Valley later this month. Being the Easter break (we have a 4 day weekend break over Easter: Friday to Monday) we were due to take a short vacation in the country but had to that delay that so that I could submit before leaving.  I had to quickly learn how to post a video on Youtube.  I used my phone to record some material, then edited it with Moviemaker.  I had to subscribe to a video converter because the phone’3G video format needed changing. My main implementation issue was that I only got the LVDS LCD panel at the last moment and discovered that I hadn’t ordered the touch screen version; and it required 12V that wasn’t available in the kit.  I wrote about these in the report and will blog all of this.  I got the touch panel tod ...

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Building an Image

There are plenty of example sand how-to’s on how to build a Windows CE image, download and debug it on a target: Sam’s Jumpstart Kit: <CD>/Vortex86DX_SPARK_WINCE600_JumpStart_Rev2.5.pdf <CD>/SampleCodes/OSDesign/MyWinCE_OSDesign_Project_VDX6326.zip Where the CD is the “Solution of Fault Tolerance x86 System-on-chip” as supplied with the kit   MSDN Virtual Lab: Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Platform Builder Tools   Windows CE 6 Help (Local or at MSDN) Topics: For a CEPC .. A PC as a CE device, but applies to the Spark Kit: How to Set Up a CEPC The major hardware issue is the network card. It doesn’t need a hard drive You need a boot floppy, or create a USB boot floppy(Search for HP disk key) Or you can set up a  bootable hard drive formatte ...

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