Future Electronics – Sleek, colourful, sophisticated: the embedded HMI comes of age


Sebastien Lozac’h
Vertical Segment Manager (Embedded Solutions)
Future Electronics

The Application Spotlight theme of this issue of FTM, the Future Technology Magazine from Future Electronics, is embedded design and the Human-Machine Interface (HMI). In this spotlight section, you can find the latest components and technologies for advanced HMI designs, including:

  • application examples from STMicroelectronics showing how to implement voice- over-Bluetooth® Low Energy radio, and how to process the audio inputs from an array of microphones, all supported by a 32-bit STM32 microcontroller
  • a new ‘crossover processor’ from NXP Semiconductors which offers the high processing performance of an applications processor with the familiar design environment of an MCU
  • a sleek, ultra-thin switch, the Light Touch Switch, from Panasonic

Future Electronics is also supporting designers in the development of advanced HMI systems with a new European series of seminars starting in October.

The all-day seminars, which will take place in ten European city-centre locations, will address the most common issues faced by designers of industrial and medical equipment when developing sophisticated touch-sensing graphics displays. Engineers attending the seminars will learn about:
• the improved capabilities of the 2D graphics accelerator, display controller and touch- sensing controller built into the latest MCUs
• quick and effective ways to implement attractive and functional display graphics using the TouchGFX graphics library and design tool
• the extended lifetime, robust performance and support for touch-sensing with gloves and operation in wet conditions provided by high-brightness industrial displays from Tianma
• how to interface any MCU or microprocessor to any display or camera using video-bridging technologies from Lattice Semiconductor
• how MCUs can support voice-recognition services, such as Google Assistant or the Amazon Alexa Voice Service
• the HMI options available to users looking for an off-the-shelf System-on-Module (SoM) or Single-Board Computer (SBC) from TechNexion or iWave

Future Electronics will also demonstrate at the seminars a series of new HMI reference designs that it has developed at its Centre of Excellence in Gdansk, Poland, based on MCUs from NXP, STMicroelectronics and Microchip, and featuring TouchGFX-derived graphics on high-quality Tianma displays.


The seminar dates and venues are:
10 October – Egham, UK
19 October – Leeds, UK
25 October – Gothenburg, Sweden
14 November – Zurich, Switzerland
16 November – Erfurt, Germany
21 November – Nantes, France
22 November – Paris, France
23 November – Brussels, Belgium
28 November – Madrid, Spain
29 November – San Sebastien, Spain
30 November – Barcelona, Spain