ARM TechCon: Express Logic embedded GUI dev tools are optimized for small footprint - Embedded.com

ARM TechCon: Express Logic embedded GUI dev tools are optimized for small footprint

GUIX from Express Logic, Inc. is a new graphical user interface (GUI) development framework featuring a small-footprint, low-overhead runtime engine, and a development tool that provides automatic code generation for embedded systems capable of graphical display. GUIX targets the ARM 32-bit MCU and MPU architectures, including Cortex-M3, M4, A8, and A9, in medical devices, consumer electronics, and industrial control equipment.

GUIX includes a full-featured runtime graphical library fully integrated with ThreadX, Express Logic’s RTOS. Designed to meet the growing need for dynamic user interfaces with limited hardware resources, GUIX uses the same optimized design and coding methods of ThreadX and the other Express Logic embedded system software products, is distributed with full ANSI C source code, and has no run-time royalties.

GUIX offers developers an advanced UI framework and rich library of unique widgets tailored to help them construct whatever GUI they envision. Programmers can call GUIX functions from their C application programs, and GUIX performs all the necessary drawing functions to produce a clear, interactive GUI on LCD screens of various sizes and resolutions.

GUIX Studio
GUI designers can create GUIs using GUIX Studio, the companion PC-based application that enables WYSIWYG rapid prototyping of GUI designs. With GUIX Studio, the designer can select, drag-and-drop, and resize images, backgrounds, widgets, and other elements of a powerful GUI without having to write a single line of code. GUIX Studio generates the code necessary to implement the exact GUI design constructed on the PC. The generated code can be dropped into the application and executed on the target system.

A complete GUIX UI application can be executed on a PC desktop within the GUIX Studio environment, enabling developers or designers to quickly and easily generate and demonstrate UI concepts and test screen flows as well as observe screen transitions and animations. When completed, the design can be exported to target-ready C data structures that are ready to be compiled and linked with the GUIX and ThreadX libraries as part of a project.

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