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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

ST buys Draupner Graphics for GUI tech in the 'HMI of Things'

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

STMicroelectronics has bought software specialist Draupner Graphics, the developer and supplier of TouchGFX, a software framework offering outstanding graphics and smooth animations for embedded graphical user interfaces (GUI) with minimal resource requirements and power consumption. 

This will trigger more sophisticated interfaces on embedded sytems such as smart home and building automation systems, appliances, wearables, and audio and video systems, says ST, creating what it is calling the 'HMI of Things' for Human Machine Interfaces (HMI). We suspect this phrase won't catch on! 

However, the move is signiccant as several of the STM32 ARM Cortex-M microcontroller product lines already support TouchGFX.

“Draupner’s TouchGFX software is a highly advanced and optimized graphic user interface solution for microcontrollers. We have been working closely with the team for 5 years and regularly see the value TouchGFX is already delivering on STM32 MCUs in different consumer, appliances, industrial, and medical applications, said Daniel Colonna, Microcontroller Marketing Director, STMicroelectronics. “The acquisition of Draupner Graphics will accelerate both TouchGFX and STM32 roadmaps to offer embedded developers and their customers more advanced features, raising the bar of human-machine interfaces across all of the devices that people interact with every day.”

“As a leading software vendor on the global market, joining the leading supplier of 32-bit embedded MCUs will give us early access to roadmaps and plans that will speed feature integration and increase adoption of our tools and STM32 MCUs,” said Jorgen Mygind, Business Development Manager, Draupner.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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