Arduino GIGA R1 WiFi board gets touchscreen display shield

The Arduino GIGA Display Shield is a 3.97-inch RGB touchscreen display designed for the Arduino GIGA R1 WiFi board introduced a few months ago with an STM32H7 dual-core Cortex-M7/M4 microcontroller and a Murata 1DX module for WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.

Besides featuring an 800×480 touchscreen display, the new shield offers some other features such as an MP34DT06JTR digital microphone, a Bosch BMI270 six-axis IMU, a 20-pin Arducam camera connector, and an RGB LED.

Arduino GIGA Display Shield

Arduino GIGA Display Shield (ASX00039) specifications:

  • Display – 3.97-inch touchscreen display with 800×480 resolution (model: KD040WVFID026-01-C025A),  16.7 million colors, 5-point touch, connected over I2C
  • Camera I/F – 20-pin ArduCam camera connectors
  • Sensors
    • Bosch SensorTech BMI270 6-axis IMU with 16-bit tri-axial gyroscope and a 16-bit tri-axial accelerometer
    • STMicro MP34DT06JTR MEMS microphone
  • Misc -1x RGB LED (I2C)
  • Supply Voltage – 3.3V
  • Dimensions – 106 x 80 mm
Arduino GIGA Display Shield bottom
Bottom side of the shield with connectors to Arduino GIGA R1 WiFi
Arduino GIGA R1 WiFi touchscreen display shield
Arduino GIGA Display Shield (left) and Arduino GIGA R1 WiFi board (right)

The new shield can be mounted to the GIGA R1 WiFi board without wires using the through holes on the bottom of the Arduino board as shown in the short video embedded below. It enables the creation of HMI interfaces, handheld devices, or dashboards that can be controlled like a smartphone using graphics libraries such as LVGL, GFX, and ArduinoGraphics.

The STM32H7 microcontroller comes with a Chrom-ART graphical hardware accelerator helping developers create user interfaces with smooth animations. More details about the display and several guides to get started can be found in the documentation.

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The Arduino GIGA Display Shield is sold for 60 Euros or $63.30 on the Arduino’s store. If you don’t already have an Arduino GIGA R1 WiFi board, you’ll need to purchase one for 68.70 Euros or $72.82, so a complete kit would cost close to $140.

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