Control Via USB With New Apollo Unit

The new ArtistaUSB controller from LCD specialist Apollo Display Technologies now makes it possible to control VGA & SVGA TFT displays via a standard USB interface with no graphics card required. All you do is plug the controller into the USB interface on your computer to display brilliant images on your TFT LCD.

The ArtistaUSB controller also makes it significantly more cost effective to add primary or secondary TFT monitors to POS, POI, medical and measurement systems. It even makes it possible to control more than 100 displays with different content from a single PC, SBC or micro controller.

Apollo currently offers the new controller integrated with 6.4-inch, 6.5-inch, 8.4-inch, 10.4-inch, 12.1-inch and 20.1-inch TFT LCDs. Optional four-wire resistive touch screens and backlight inverter are also available, with touch and brightness control possible through the USB controller.

The transfer of pixel data is carried out by optimal utilization of the USB transmission protocol and provides a very high transfer rate, even enabling video playback. Special graphics drivers embedded in the ArtistaUSB controller run displays as a virtual graphics card just like a typical monitor running under Windows 2000/2003/XP. The drivers can also be used to run a second, third or fourth monitor, each with unique content. The controller can optionally be installed as a frame buffer device running under Linux.