ST releases TouchGFX 4.20 for advanced graphics on STM32 microcontrollers

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STMicroelectronics has released version 4.20 of its TouchGFX user-interface design software for STM32 microcontrollers.

The latest update includes support for ST’s new NeoChrom graphics accelerator, which is integrated in advanced MCUs such as the STM32U5 series.

Developed from ST’s Chrom-ART Accelerator that manipulates pixels and shapes, NeoChrom allows full-screen rotation at any angle and supports texture mapping for smooth, fluid graphics and improved ease of use.

With the NeoChrom accelerator on-chip, the latest STM32 MCUs is said to elevate embedded graphics performance to the level of application processors used in modern smartphones and tablets. However, they are also more affordable, power efficient and easier to use, according to ST. They can run on simple operating systems such as FreeRTOS and Microsoft Azure ThreadX, or even bare metal.

“TouchGFX 4.20 now lets developers everywhere unleash NeoChrom-accelerated graphics in embedded systems containing our latest and most energy-efficient STM32 MCUs,” said Ricardo de-sa-Earp, Executive Vice President, General-Purpose Microcontroller Sub-Group, Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group, STMicroelectronics.

TouchGFX 4.20 has added a number of new features for developers, including support for importing and exporting custom widgets. The environment comprises TouchGFXDesigner, the graphical development tool, and X-CUBE-TOUCHGFX embedded software, which provides all the firmware needed to run the user interface on the target MCU.

Fully integrated with the STM32Cube MCU-development ecosystem, TouchGFX provides a complete end-to-end workflow that simplifies design and accelerates time to market.

TouchGFX 4.20 is available now, free of charge, and can be downloaded directly from the ST website.