Specialist display distributor Ginsbury has announced availability of Kyocera’s new Raspberry Pi based Universal Demo Kit (VIP Kit). Simple to use and easy to operate, the VIP Kit connects to a Raspberry Pi and processes the HDMI output, enabling images and graphics to be displayed on any of Kyocera’s currently available TFT display panels.

The VIP Kit features a single-channel 24-bit HDMI to LVDS converter with a 15MHz to 85MHz pixel clock enabling support for VGA (640 x 480 pixel) to Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) resolution displays. Users can select and configure display timing specifications such as Hsync, Vsync and Clock polarity. An integrated backlight control unit supports up to a maximum of 600mA. A 12V, 1.5A power supply is included together with all associated cables and connectors.

Ken Berry, product marketing manager, Ginsbury, said: “Kyocera’s new VIP Kit provides users with the ability to test and evaluate the features and characteristics of Kyocera’s TFT displays. The Raspberry Pi is widely across many industry sectors and provides the ideal platform to host a cost effective LCD evaluation tool. Graphics and images can be simply and quickly altered allowing display performance such as colour saturation, contrast and viewing angles to be easily assessed. This can significantly aid the display appraisal process during the design-in phase.”

The VIP Kit is expected to be a beneficial tool for design engineers and system developers in industrial automation, medical technology, in-vehicle systems and a wide range of industries by enabling the rapid implementation of display demonstrations and user interface design concepts.

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