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Epson to License SEGGER Microcontroller's emWin for Its S1C31D01 Series Microcontrollers

- Creates easy to use environment for GUI developer of memory LCD applications -

S1C31D01 microcontroller and emWin

- TOKYO, Japan, December 13, 2017 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") and SEGGER Microcontroller GmbH & Co. KG ("SEGGER") today announced that Epson will start support and free of charge distribution of the emWin embedded GUI tool for Epson's 32-bit flash memory embedded microcontroller S1C31D01. With emWin widely considered the industry standard GUI development system, Epson will offer an easy to use environment for display application developers.

Epson has licensed emWin from SEGGER and Epson distributes the library for the S1C31D01 in object code form. Customers can use this library free of charge for the S1C31D01. Epson is planning to distribute emWin library for all of ARM® Cortex®-M0+*1 based microcontroller with a built-in memory LCD controller*2 in the future.

Epson's S1C31D01, an ARM® Cortex®-M0+ based microcontroller with specific support for memory LCDs, is the world's first*3 microcontroller to have a built-in memory LCD controller and volume production was started in April 2017. The biggest features of the S1C31D01 are that the memory LCD controller and the power supply IC for it are integrated on this single-chip solution. Compared to other types of LCD panels, memory LCDs use very little power, so they are increasingly being used in battery-driven wearable products.

emWin is designed to provide an efficient, processor and display controller independent graphical user interface (GUI) for any application with a graphical display. Today's users expect high quality interfaces and emWin allows development teams to generate clean graphics for user interfaces. emWin is compatible with single-task and multitask environments with a proprietary operating system or with any commercial RTOS.

Epson is committed to helping its customers improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson's efficient, compact and precision technologies.

Features of the emWin library for Epson's S1C31D01 series microcontrollers

  • Any color depth
  • Small footprint
  • Any IDE and toolchain
  • Optional RTOS use
  • Flexible memory interface, graphics and fonts can be stored in any memory space
  • VNC Support
  • All standard graphics supported (BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG)
  • Frame buffer management
  • Pre-defined standard skins
  • Window Manager available
  • Accelerated 2D primitives targeted at memory display architectures

*1 A processor designed by U.K-based ARM Limited, the ARM® Cortex®-M0+ is ARM's most energy-efficient processor and by far the most widely used processor in the market.

*2 A liquid crystal display that has a memory function. On ordinary LCDs even still images have to be refreshed. On memory LCDs, however, once an image is drawn on the display, it can be held there without being refreshed. This helps limit power consumption and saves battery life.

*3 First among general-purpose microcontrollers (based on Epson research as of November 2017)

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Epson's microcontroller with memory LCD interface.

SEGGER's emWin.

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 80,000 employees in 86 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

SEGGER is a full-range supplier of hardware and software development tools as well as middleware for embedded systems - in brief: The Embedded Experts.
SEGGER was founded in 1992, is privately held, and is growing steadily. Based in Hilden, Germany with distributors in all continents and a US based office in Massachusetts, SEGGER offers its full product range worldwide.