New DLP Design Product Announcements:  

DLP-ECON-BP Eink BoosterPack

September 2014:  DLP Design, Inc. is pleased to announce the new DLP-ECON-BP BoosterPack based on the Eink 1.73-inch Mobuis display and MSP430FR5969 FRAM microcontroller from Texas Instruments.

The DLP-ECON-F1 E Ink Display Controller is designed to make easy work of driving E Ink’s 1.73-inch Mobius display, and is incorporated into the DLP-ECON-BP BoosterPack for this initial product introduction. This module consists of the electronic components necessary to correctly update the image on the e-paper display via a simple TTL serial interface typically found in low-cost microcontrollers. The DLP-ECON-BP BoosterPack can be controlled by two types of host: PC GUI via USB (Virtual COM Port), or the Texas Instruments LaunchPad.

In a typical usage scenario when the host is a PC, the provided GUI is utilized to create and send over full-screen displays including barcodes and icons via the USB interface. The GUI can also import *.bmp bitmaps which can be used in full-screen displays. When the host is a Texas Instruments LaunchPad (or small microcontroller), non-full-screen control features are used to update the contents of the display: Clear Display, Display Text, Icon On/Off and Global Update via non-volatile memory.

Download the DLP-ECON-BP datasheet.

Read the TI FRAM Press Release.


This new module is available from Allied, Digi-Key and Mouser Electronics. Check stock.



DLP-RF430BP RFID BoosterPack

December 2013:  DLP Design, Inc. is pleased to announce the new DLP-RF430BP BoosterPack based on Near Field Communications (NFC) and microcontroller devices from Texas Instruments.

The DLP-RF430BP is an add-on board designed to fit TI’s MCU LaunchPads and incorporates the Texas Instruments RF430CL330H. Its primary purpose is to help aid in the development process by providing a working hardware/firmware reference example for NFC operations. This BoosterPack demonstrates a secure, simplified pairing process for Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi connections with the only dynamic NFC tag device designed specifically for NFC connection handover and service-interface functions. The RF430CL330H can also be used for creating smart poster applications that direct a smartphone to a URL.

The DLP-RF430BP BoosterPack is an add-on board designed to fit TI’s MCU LaunchPads. This product allows the software application developer to get familiar with the functionalities of the RF430CL330H on their Texas Instruments embedded microcontroller platform of choice without having to worry about designing the antenna.

Download the DLP-RF430BP datasheet (Updated 08-28-2014).


This new module is available from our distribution network.



DLP-7970ABP RFID BoosterPack

September 2013:  DLP Design, Inc. is pleased to announce the new DLP-7970ABP BoosterPack based on NFC/RFID and microcontroller devices from Texas Instruments.

The DLP-7970ABP is an add-on board designed to fit TI’s MCU LaunchPads that incorporates DLP Design’s DLP-RFID2 RFID module. This BoosterPack allows the software application developer to get familiar with the functionalities of the TRF7970A multi-protocol, fully-integrated, 13.56MHz RFID/NFC IC on their Texas Instruments embedded microcontroller platform of choice without having to worry about developing the RF section.

Download the DLP-7970ABP datasheet.


This new module is available from our distribution network.



DLP-2232H-SF High-Speed FPGA Module

March 2013:  DLP Design, Inc. is pleased to announce the new DLP-2232H-SF high-speed FPGA module based on silicon from Microsemi/Actel and FTDI.

The DLP-2232H-SF module is a low-cost, compact prototyping tool that can be used for rapid proof of concept or within educational environments. The module is based on the Microsemi SmartFusionTM cSoC microcontroller-FPGA and Future Technology Devices International’s FT2232H dual-channel high-speed USB IC. The DLP-2232H-SF provides both the beginner as well as the experienced engineer with a rapid path to developing FPGA-based designs. When combined with the Libero™ SoC and SoftConsole™ IDE tools from Microsemi, this module is more than sufficient for creating anything from basic logical functions to a highly complex system controller.

The DLP-2232H-SF is fully compatible with the free Libero™ SoC and SoftConsole™ IDE tools from Microsemi. Libero™ SoC is used to configure the ARM® Cortex™-M3 Microcontroller Subsystem (MSS) and the FPGA fabric design. Libero™ supports HDL synthesis and simulation, implementation, timing verification, device fitting and JTAG programming. SoftConsole™ is based on the Eclipse IDE and is used to compile, download and debug the C/C++ source code that runs on the MSS.

Download the DLP-2232H-SF datasheet.


This new module is available from our distribution network.



DLP-RFID2 HF (13.56MHz) RFID Reader Products

November 2012:  DLP Design, Inc. is pleased to announce the new DLP-RFID2 and DLP-RFID2D HF RFID readers.

The DLP-RFID2 and DLP-RFID2D are low-cost, compact RFID products for reading from and writing to HF RFID transponder tags via an internal or external antenna. They have the ability to both read and write data in addition to reading the unique identifier (UID). All of the DLP-RFID2’s and RFID2D's electronics reside on a single, compact PCB, and all operational power is taken from one 3.0- to 5.0-volt supply. An external antenna can be connected to the DLP-RFID2 via a standard u.fl connector or IO pin/pads.

Download the DLP-RFID2 datasheet (Updated 11-18-2014).


This new module is available from our distribution network.




CDM Uninstaller:  Program for selectively removing FTDI devices with specific VID and PID combinations.   Read the manual for more details.

MPROG:  EEPROM mode-configuration program V3.5 (This is a legacy utility and has been replaced by FT_Prog. MPROG supports the FT2xxBM/L, FT2xxR and FTDI's high-speed ICs.)

MPROG V3.5 User's Guide

FT_Prog:   EEPROM programming utility for use with FTDI devices. It is used to customize the EEPROM contents and can modify information such as device descriptors.

USBView Program:  View the VID and PID of all connected USB devices even without drivers loaded.


Current Versions of FTDI Drivers:

CDM (Combined Driver Model Version 2.8.30) Windows Drivers:  WHQL-certified USB drivers are required for 64-bit Windows 7 systems.   FTDI default VID/PID values (0403/6001 for single channel, 6010 and 6011 for dual) listed in the .inf files must be programmed into EEPROM using MPROG or FT_PROG.

You can either download the WHQL certified driver files above or use the install executable to install them.
- Make sure the USB device is not plugged in.
- Download the FTDI driver install executable.
- Run the driver exe file.
- Wait for the command window to vanish.
- Plug in the USB device and the driver will load.

CDM (Combined Driver Model Version 2.8.14) Windows Drivers:   Modified .inf files for use with specific DLP Design products on XP/Vista/Windows 7 systems (DLP-TH1b, DLP-TILT, DLP-D-G, DLP-RFID1, DLP-UT1, DLP-UTH8).   See Note 1

Note 1:  In order to use the listed DLP Design products on a 64-bit machine, the VID/PID values in the EEPROM area must first be changed to the FTDI default of 0403/6001 (0403/6010 and 0403/6011 for dual-channel products) so that the WHQL-certified drivers will load.  Use the MPROG utility (above) on a non-64 bit (ex: XP) machine to update the values in the EEPROM.  You can also hold down F8 during boot on a 64-bit PC and disable the driver certification check so that the non-certified drivers can be loaded and the PID changed using MPROG.   For more info: TN_129

Note 2:  If an extra COM port is not available after installing the latest CDM driver, connect the USB device and open Control Panel > System > Device Manager.  Right click on USB Serial Converter under USB Controllers and select Properties, then the Advanced tab.  Check the box marked "Load VCP", then click OK.  Unplug and re-plug the USB device, and the COM port will be added.  This method is also used to change the driver mode from VCP to D2XX (DLL).

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FTDI App Notes


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