Seiko Epson today announced that it has developed and begun shipping samples of the S1C17706, a 16-bit microcontroller capable of 5120-dot high-resolution display, the largest display area of Epson's 16-bit S1C17700 microcontroller series.
Recently, there is a growing demand for displays having outstanding user interface even for such applications as high-performance watches or small portable game devices that are powered by coin batteries.
In order to achieve higher quality, more vivid images, the S1C17706 features a 5120-dot LCD driver, a 4 grayscale display that makes it possible to display anti-aliased images, and built-in 1 MB flash memory that enables it to store large volumes of display contents. By incorporating these functions on a single chip, Epson has achieved a microcontroller that consumes only one-fifth of the power used by previous configurations, making the S1C17706 ideal for applications that run on small batteries.
The S1C17706 IC has the highest resolution and highest-capacity flash memory within the S1C17700 series, a line-up which features a low-power consumption 16-bit microcontroller with a dot matrix LCD driver. While Epson's previous MCU models use only black-and-white binary images, the S1C17706 is able to add half-tone values with its 4 grayscale control circuit, thereby greatly improving the power of expression in addition to achieving high resolution.
Furthermore, its high-capacity built-in 1 MB flash memory enables it to store display data such as character sets as well as complex software without the need for external memory.
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