Advanced Knowledge Associates Announces LCD Controller IP Core

Advanced Knowledge Associates (AKA) — the leader in miniaturized, reconfigurable, fully self-contained and high-performance system-on-module technology — announced that LCD driver core IP is now available as standard on its range of Prepackaged Reconfigurable Integrated System-on-Module (PRISM) solutions. This removes the need for any external controller or device because video displays can be driven directly from the PRISM’s FPGA. It also simplifies the process of integrating LCD and TFT displays into embedded systems.

Based on industry-standard programmable logic platforms and including processor cores and the necessary I/O and peripheral circuitry, PRISMs are fast replacing other custom and standard platforms as they reduce system size, cut costs, minimize time to market and protect against obsolescence. With on-board FPGA-based SDRAM for video buffer storage, high-bandwidth links to host processors via local or external bus, programmable FPGA fabric, and programmable GPIO, the AKA PRISMs are ideal platforms for driving video displays of all types and sizes. AKA’s flexible display controller supports LCD and TFT displays ranging from SVGA and WSVGA to XVGA using various programmable GPIO electrical interfaces including LVDS.

AKA’s LCD controller IP facilitates a high frame refresh rate which can be adjusted as desired to optimize bandwidth requirements. Multiple color depths are supported through both palletized and true color modes. Some 2D acceleration features are implemented to enable the easy incorporation of common user interface elements such as menus, icons, cursors, fonts, bit-maps and images. High speed access to the frame buffer memory from both FPGA and CPU is achieved through the use of a dual-ported SDRAM controller.

“LCDs are used widely as the interface for display and interaction in diverse embedded applications ranging from PDAs and cell-phones to complex avionics displays,” comments AKA’s CEO, Guy Marom. “We have responded to the demand for LCD functionality by incorporating a highly efficient LCD driver core into all of our PRISMs thus ensuring that companies can get to market quickly and with the minimum amount of design effort.”

About Advanced Knowledge Associates
Advanced Knowledge Associates (AKA) is a major supplier of Prepackaged Reconfigurable Integrated Systems-on- Modules (PRISMs) that enable and accelerate advanced embedded system design. AKA’s miniaturized and high-performance PRISMs ensure that customers get to market as quickly, easily, and cost-effectively as possible. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and provides design-to-manufacturing services for companies across a range of markets including Mil/Aero, Defense, Medical, Industrial and Communications.