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GOLDELOX

Embedded 4DGL Graphics Controller
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GOLDELOX

Description

The GOLDELOX processor is a custom embedded graphics controller designed to interface with many popular OLED and LCD display panels. Powerful graphics, text, image, animation and countless more features are built right inside the chip. It offers a simple plug-n-play interface to many 8bit 80-Series colour LCD and OLED displays.

The chip is designed to work with minimal design effort and all of the data and control signals are provided by the chip to interface directly to the display. Simply choose your display and interface it to the GOLDELOX on your application board. This offers enormous advantage to the  designer in development time and cost saving and takes away all of the burden of low level design.

The GOLDELOX belongs to a family of processors powered by a highly optimised soft core virtual engine, E.V.E. (Extensible Virtual Engine). EVE is a proprietary, high performance virtual processor with an extensive byte-code instruction set optimised to execute compiled 4DGL programs. 4DGL (4D Graphics Language) was specifically developed from ground up for the EVE engine core. It is a high level language which is easy to learn and simple to understand yet powerful enough to tackle many embedded graphics applications.

The device offers modest but comprehensive I/O features and can interface to SPI, serial, analogue, digital, buttons, joystick and Dallas 1-wire devices. Provision is also made for creating complex sound effects for audible user feedback with an extended RTTTL tone generator.

A basic system font is included, and unlimited customisable fonts with fixed or proportional spacing can be created using the Workshop 4 IDE. The chip-resident display driver libraries implement and share the same high-level functional interface. This allows your GUI application to be portable to different display controller types.

The 4D Workshop4 IDE is FREE and there is no licensing requirement.

In short, the GOLDELOX offers one of the most flexible embedded graphics solutions available.


Please download this Product Brief and Datasheet for the GOLDELOX Processor:

Please download the 4DGL Programmers Reference Manual and PICASO Internal Functions Documents:

Features

  • Low-cost OLED, LCD and TFT display graphics user interface solution.
  • Ideal as a standalone embedded graphics processor or interface to any host controller as a graphics co-processor.
  • Connect to any colour display that supports an 80-Series 8 bit wide CPU interface. All data and control signals are provided.
  • Built in high performance virtual processor engine (EVE) with an extensive byte-code instruction set optimised for 4DGL, the high level 4D Graphics Language.
  • 2 x GPIO ports supports:
    • Digital I/O
    • A/D converter with 8/10 bit resolution
    • Complex sound generation
    • Dedicated RTTTL tune engine
    • Multi-Switch Joystick
    • Dallas 1-Wire
  • 10K bytes of flash memory for user code storage and 510 bytes (255 x 16bit vars) of RAM for user variables.
  • 1 x 32bit free running system timer with 1msec resolution.
  • 4 x 16bit user timers with 1msec resolution
  • Asynchronous hardware Serial port with auto-baud feature (300 to 256K baud).
  • Hardware SPI port interface for SD memory cards or Serial Flash memory chips for storing of icons, images, animations, etc. 
  • Comprehensive set of built in high level 4DGL graphics functions and algorithms that can draw lines, circles, text, and much more.
  • Display full colour images, animations, icons and video clips.
  • 8x8 built-in system font and support for unlimited user customisable fonts with fixed or proportional spacing with the aid of a freely provided Font-Tool.
  • Single 3.3 Volt Supply @12mA typical.
  • Available in a tiny 6mm x 6mm 28pin QFN.

 

Applications

  • General purposes embedded graphics.
  • Elevator control systems.
  • Point of sale terminals.
  • Electronic gauges and metres.
  • Test and measurement and general purpose instrumentation.
  • Industrial control and Robotics.
  • Automotive system displays.
  • GPS navigation systems.
  • Medical applications.
  • Home appliances.
  • Smart Home Automation.
  • Security and Access control systems.
  • Gaming equipment.

 

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Software Dev.

4D Systems all new Workshop 4 IDE supports multiple development environments, to cater for different user requirements and skill level.

  • The Designer environment enables the user to write 4DGL code in its natural form to program the display module.
  • A visual programming experience, suitably called ViSi, enables drag-and-drop type placement of objects to assist with 4DGL code generation and allows the user to visualise how the display will look while being developed.
  • A Serial environment is also provided to transform the display module into a slave serial display module, allowing the user to control the display from any host microcontroller or device with a serial port.

The Workshop 4 IDE is available for download from its product page: 4D Workshop 4 IDE

Please nagivate to the 4D Workshop 4 Product page to download the latest PmmC to use with Workshop 4. 

Legacy

** Everything on this Tab has been superseeded with the introduction of Workshop 4, however are here as a Legacy for existing SGC customers. **

Data Sheets: The latest data sheets for the device is available here: 
     - GOLDELOX-SGC-DS-rev6.pdf
     - GOLDELOX-SGC-COMMANDS-SIS-rev6.pdf

PmmC File: The PmmC file contains the low level micro-code information (analogy of that of a soft silicon) which define the characteristics and functionality of the device. The PmmC file must be programmed into the GOLDELOX-SGC via its serial port within the application board. 
     - GOLDELOX-SGC-R17.pmmc

DISP Config File: The GOLDELOX-SGC must be configured to work with a target display. The DISP config file contains information for the display hardware registers, embedded fonts, splash screen settings, screen saver, etc. Download and import this sample file into the DISP-Software-Tool and modify the parameters to suit the target display.
     - Sample-Config-File

PmmC-Loader Software Tool: Windows based software tool to program the PmmC file into the GOLDELOX-SGC processor.
     - PmmC-Loader link

DISP Software Tool: DISP is a free software tool used to:
     - Configure the GOLDELOX-SGC chip to work with a specific display.
     - Modify the way the chip initially sets up the display, e.g. screen saver
     - Construct the splash screens.
     - Replace or modify the embedded fonts.
     - DISP Tool link

4D-Workshop3 IDE Tool: This is a free software tool for Windows. The 4D-Workshop3 IDE provides an integrated application development environment for GOLDELOX-SGC processor and associated display modules. The IDE combines the Editor, Compiler and Simulator to develop 4DSL Scripts.
     - 4D-Workshop3-IDE-Tool

FONT Software Tool: This is a free software tool that can assist in the conversion of any Windows fonts into the bitmap format that can be used by the GOLDELOX-SGC. The converted font set can then be exported into the DISP-Tool utility which can then be programmed into the GOLDELOX-SGC on-chip flash memory.
     - FONT Tool link

FAT-Controller Software Tool: This is a free software tool to test all of the functionality of the GOLDELOX-SGC device. It is useful in learning about how to communicate with the chip and it can also simulate most of the operation of the device. It can also assist in the creation of simple scripts, either simulating the execution of those scripts and/or downloading them into a memory card for execution on the display.
     - FAT-Controller Tool link

Graphics-Composer Software Tool: This is a free software tool for Windows. This software tool is an aid to composing a slide show of images/animations/movie-clips (multi-media objects) which can then be downloaded into the memory card that is supported by the GOLDELOX-SGC. The host simply sends serial commands to the GOLDELOX-SGC to display the multimedia objects.
     - Graphics Composer Software

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