TFT Hifiduino Code v0.91g

I was going to wait until I had gotten to the point that I had a version that I could call “v1” but a fellow DIYer kind of forced my hand. So this is v.0.91g. (Note: As always, the code on this page may not be the current one, i.e. there may be a newer version available. The latest version is always up at the project’s official page.)

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I have included in the ZIP file all of the necessary fonts, but you will also need the UTFT library. You should get it from here.

There is a number of things that you should keep in mind:

The code supports both the MEGA as well as the Due. You have to set the appropriate setting in the code. It is not hard to find.. search for #define ARDUMEGA

Keep in mind that the rotary encoder does not yet work on the Due. The relevant code is still a little buggy, but it should be fixed soon. Also the selection bars are buggy as well..

This version of the code requires the addition of a 24LC256 EEPROM chip. That is necessary in order to support the Due, since it does not have any on-chip EEPROM. You should wire it like this (making the necessary connections to the correct pins SDA/SCL for the MEGA/Due):

If you plan on using a MEGA (even though I would advise against it, see the video that follows) you could easily adapt the code to use the MEGA’s EEPROM (essentially use the original hifiduino code for the specific functionality) and omit the 24LC256.

You should use a compatible remote control. You will know it is compatible if you see the IR codes displaying on the top right of the screen when you press the various keys. You will need to change the IR codes in the code to the numbers corresponding to your specific remote control (see CASE statement).

I have implemented a remote power on/off feature but the TFT’s backlight remains on all the time. That can easily be remedied by wiring a transistor as control for the TFT’s backlight.. However, since I plan on implementing dimming for the TFT, I will do it more elegantly in a future version of the code.

This version of the code supports all 8 s/pdif inputs of the ES9018 as well as a 9th input (named USB) which is used for I2S/DSD input. You can of course easily change the number of the inputs as well as their names. I am using a sidecar for the switching between I2S & s/pdif.

Finally, here is a short video comparing the performance of the MEGA versus the Due:

3.2″ TFT pinout & connection to Arduino MEGA (or Due)

UPDATE (30/11/2013): Here is an easier way:
Still, keep in mind that the info posted below still applies and is probably useful..

I’ve been asked what is the correct way to wire a 3.2″ TFT to an Arduino MEGA (or Due) in order to make it work with the UTFT library.

The answer of course depends on the exact model of the TFT that we have on hand. The below instructions apply to a generic 3.2″ TFT with wide aspect ratio and resolution of 240 x 400 that I got off of Ebay.

This is its pinout according to the manufacturer:


This is nice, but I want to use a standard 40-pin ribbon cable which I have left over from an old computer, and its conductor numbering is a little different. At first I thought I’d try to make sense of it as I went but it didn’t take long for me to realize that it would actually save me time if I made a “conversion table”. So I came up with what you see here:

3.2-tft-pinout-xlsWhat we have here is the actual conductor number in the grey background (counting the conductors in the ribbon cable from left to right) and then above and below them the corresponding signal lines according to the above pinout. Above and below the signal lines I have noted the actual Arduino pins that correspond to the signals.

For example, pin 2 (the second pin on the flex cable looking at it from the left) corresponds to the DB0 signal which should be connected to the D37 pin on the Arduino MEGA (or Due). Note that the connections are made according to UTFT’s documentation and are applicable specifically to UTFT.

So we have to connect signals D0 through to D15 to the necessary digital pins. Then we also have to connect pins RS, WR, CS and REST to whichever pins we like (we must declare these pins in our sketch, see UTFT documentation). Pin 11 is RD and it must be pulled high, which means connecting it to +3.3V.  Pin 37 is the backlight illumination which means it must also be connected to +3.3V. This leaves pin 1 which must be connected to ground and pin 3 which must be connected to Vcc which in our case is 5V.

Note that I have not really gotten around to using the touchscreen capabilities or the SD reader, so I have not connected them to my Arduinos. It shouldn’t be difficult though.

Now, there is one more thing that I should point out and it is very important. The Arduino MEGA is using 5V logic while the TFT is expecting 3.3V logic. This means that if you connect the D0-D15 and RS, WR, CS, REST lines directly to the MEGA you will most likely damage the TFT. You need to connect a 10K resistor in series with each and every one of the lines. That will bring the voltage down to acceptable levels. Do not forget to do this!

In case of the Due the resistors are not necessary since it uses 3.3V logic so it is directly compatible.

Here is a little video I made of the 3.2″ TFT running a UTFT demo sketch:

Good luck!