RS launches PanelPilot low cost programmable TFT panel metersRS Components (RS) launches the PanelPilot series from Lascar Electronics. It represents the evolution of digital panel meters from simple LED displays, via LCD, to fully software configurable touchscreen TFT displays.
The PanelPilot offers designers in machine building and electronic design companies the ability to configure the panel meter to display the reading in a format and style that matches their application and product design. It adds the benefits of visual impact, innovation and flexibility to their design and the opportunity to be 'faster-to-market', without adding complexity. The meter employs open-bus architecture, giving designers the option to directly interface via an I2C or SPI bus.
Available in both 2.4" (product code 704-8138) and 2.8" (product code 704-8131) screen sizes, they combine the clarity of a 16-bit colour TFT display with the simplicity of USB programmability in a single compact unit. PanelPilots have an attractive starting price of under £60 and are available from stock now.
Mark James, Product Manager, RS Components commented, "RS is one of the first companies to bring this innovative product to market because of its significant experience of the panel-building sector and its long-running relationship with panel metering specialists Lascar Electronics".
The PanelPilot colour TFT graphics meter allows users to program and display meter styles previously provided by traditional panel meters. The meter is programmable via USB interface with free Windows based configuration software downloadable from the web - compatible with Windows XP, 2000, Vista and Windows 7 (32 bit).
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