Microchip Introduces Ensemble Graphics Toolkit to Speed LinuxÒ Graphical User Interface Development

September 24, 2020 Tiera Oliver

Microchip Technology announced a new GUI development toolkit for its portfolio of 32-bit microprocessors (MPUs) running Linux. The toolkit is designed to help designers of industrial, medical, consumer, and automotive graphical displays to reduce development cost and time-to-market.

Microchip’s new Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is a free and open-source C++ GUI suite for the company’s SAMA5 and SAM9 series of Arm Cortex-A5 and ARM926EJ-S processor-based MPUs including the system-in-package and system-on-module products. The Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is designed for Microchip’s 32-bit MPUs running the Linux operating system.

The new design includes hardware acceleration, including graphics controllers and video decoders when available, the toolkit also provides a high-performance user experience on low and mid-range graphical displays up to XGA (1024 × 768 pixels) resolution.

According to the company, the performance relative to other graphics solutions that rely on higher-performance cores and 3D graphical acceleration allows GUIs to be created for Microchip’s MPUs. In addition, Ensemble Graphics Toolkit and Linux can be optimized for fast cold boot – with boot times of under three seconds from cold reset that is required for applications such as automotive dashboard clusters. Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is complementary to Microchip’s bare metal/RTOS-focused MPLAB Harmony Graphics Suite embedded software development framework.

The toolkit is fully integrated with Linux4SAM, Microchip’s mainline, Long Term Support (LTS) Linux offering. In addition to supporting Microchip’s MPU families Linux4SAM contains driver support for a range of its components including the maXTouch family of touchscreen controllers, memory devices, power management and analog devices and wired and wireless networking components, and modules. Linux4SAM is regularly updated and supports all Microchip MPUs throughout product life.

Microchip’s Ensemble Graphics Toolkit is available at no cost and royalty free for all users and includes full support from Microchip. It is based on the permissive Apache 2.0 open-source license.

For more information, visit: www.microchip.com/EGT.

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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