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Enhance HVAC Controllers with EVE

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Heating Ventilation Air-Conditioning (HVAC) controls have been in trend to move to Colour Graphical Displays. However, some engineers hesitate to jump into the trend, due to perceived challenges when implementing this technology.

We will explore these challenges and how to overcome them with our Embedded Video Engines (EVE), how they help ease this process and give engineers the confidence to embrace the future of HVAC control HMI experience.

Be empowered to revolutionise your company’s product experience with colour graphical displays.

Challenges in Adopting Graphical Displays

Some engineers hesitate to embrace this trend especially when working on updates to legacy products like HVAC controls. Some of their concerns include:

  • MCU Transition Apprehension: Engineers believe that they would be required to switch to a high-end, and far more complex, Microcontroller Unit (MCU) with graphics capabilities in order to implement a graphical touch interface.
  • Learning Curve Complexity: The significant differences in onboard peripherals, hardware design rules, firmware frameworks, and development tools of high-end MCUs pose a substantial learning curve for design engineers.
  • Dependency on Software Tools: The graphics code’s dependence on specific software tools for a particular MCU family raises concerns about the potential repetition of the process in the event of future MCU changes.
  • User Interface Implementation Anxiety: Engineers may feel anxious about implementing user interfaces for graphical screens, given the vast possibilities and ideas they generate, surpassing the simplicity of basic displays.
  • Tool Importance for Optimal Results: Having the right tools is crucial for design engineers to deliver optimal results when working with graphical displays, as the complexity of the interface goes beyond what basic displays typically involve.

EVE – Making Things Easy for Design Engineers

However, the process is much more straightforward with the right approach. Our Embedded Video Engine (EVE) from Bridgetek is one approach, having it act as a “graphics card” for an existing/preferred MCU, alleviating much of the workload. Programmers will also find EVE-based display programming surprisingly easy compared to dot matrix or segment LCDs, with the following advantages.

  • Easy to Learn: Comprehensive free-of-charge tools, code examples, and technical support make EVE programming quick and easy for design engineers.
  • Easy to Integrate: EVE seamlessly connects to the MCU over SPI/QSPI, allowing minimal changes in the existing code. EVE display code routines can be effortlessly ported to a different MCU, this is useful as HVAC controllers continue to “evolve” in future. Find out more in our EVE development workflow.
  • Create Attractive and Intuitive Interfaces: Designers can craft user interfaces without the constraints imposed by small alphanumeric or fixed-segment displays. EVE supports various languages and offers built-in widgets for common controls.
  • Integrated Touch and Audio: EVE’s built-in touch features enhance user-friendliness, and the integrated audio features enable easy acknowledgement of touch and generation of sound alerts with minimal effort from the MCU.
  • Versatility: EVE supports a wide range of displays, from 3.5″ or 5″ for existing form factors to 7″ or 10″ for larger products, and even circular displays for additional styling.


Integrating a colour graphical touch display into control panels, particularly for systems like HVAC, can greatly elevate the overall product experience for users.

Despite this, design engineers may be reluctant to embrace this change, anticipating complex hardware and software changes, steep learning curves, and the challenges associated with crafting a high-quality user interface. In doing so, they can miss out on the opportunity to make their product much more appealing.

Fortunately, you need not fear. This is achieved easily and effectively with Bridgetek’s innovative EVE graphic controller solution; complemented by robust support tools and hardware evaluation boards. Design engineers can now surmount these obstacles, making the process of enhancing their product more accessible and straightforward.

Bridgetek supplies highly advanced ICs and board level products to meet the exacting demands of an evolving technology landscape. The company’s EVE graphic controller ICs integrate display, audio and touch onto a single chip, reducing in the time and BOM costs associated with developing next generation HMI systems. These are complemented by its highly-differentiated, speed-optimised MCUs with augmented connectivity features. For more information please visit our website