Blaze is a miniature, 1.6″ and 240×240 resolution display with capacitive touch, a powerful 120MHz Cortex M4 micro with GPIO and storage. It contains an on-board Micro SD socket for storage as well as a USB socket and various analog and digital external IO to allow expansion. It is also Arduino-compatible and can be used as a interface for your Arduino projects.
- Microcontroller: ARM Cortex-M4
- Model: MK22FN1M0VLH12
- Clock Speed: 120MHz
- Flash Memory: 1MB (upgraded from 512KB)
- SRAM: 128KB
- Display: 1.6″ TFT
- Resolution: 240x240px
- Color Depth: 262,143 colors
- Touch: Capacitive
- System Voltage: 3.3VDC
- ADC Resolution: 16-bit
- ADC Channels: 2x differential or 4x single ended
- DAC Resolution: 12-bit
- DAC Channels: 1x
It be powered from the on-board USB socket and also derive its power from the VBAT pin on the external IO header which allows Blaze to be connected to external Li-Po batteries.
Blaze has an on-board real-time clock, allowing you to keep track of time. By default, the RTC is disabled and is powered via dedicated VBAT pin on one of the external IO headers.
It also provides a number of external IO and power connections, that allows you to connect Blaze to your own hardware or other such platforms like Arduino or Raspberry Pi.
It comes with the Blaze Bootloader, that allows you to download your own code to board over USB via the Blaze IDE – a development environment similar to the Arduino IDE.
The IDE makes full use of the Blaze API – a complete software library written in C++ which provides extensive access to the on-board peripherals and provides optimized routines to allow drawing on the display.
The present API has the following features:
- Powerful, efficient drawing routines including outline and fill
- Access to all external and internal peripherals of the ARM micro
- File access through the on-board SD card socket
- Multi-language support
- Image support (formats including Bitmaps and JPEGs)
- Support for any font
It has so far raised more than £10 thousands on Kickstarter, from more than 153 backers, with 34 days to go before the campaign ends. Those backing this campaign are promised delivery date of April 2016. It goes for £50 right now.